I want to be known as Africa’s richest man, biggest philanthropist – Dangote

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Aliko Dangote is the chairman and CEO of a company that is building a $12bn oil refinery © Bloomberg

Nigerian businessman and philanthropist, Aliko Dangote, has said that he wants to be known as the biggest philanthropist in Africa.

In a statement released on Sunday, Mr Dangote said the desire to impact more in people was the motivation for the establishment and running of the Aliko Dangote Foundation.

The foundation, the statement said, has disbursed a total of N2.5 billion to 256,500 women across Kano, Lagos, Jigawa, Kogi , Adamawa , Borno and Yobe states.

The statement said that Mr Dangote made this known at the weekend during the inauguration of the foundation’s “one- off and unconditional micro -grants” programme in Niger State.

The scheme targets 25,000 disadvantaged and vulnerable women in Niger State, who will each be given N10,000 cash “to boost their household income generation.”

Speaking at the programme which held at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, Mr Dangote said the Dangote foundation had earmarked N10 billion for the empowerment of vulnerable women in the 774 local government areas of the country.

He said aside being known as Africa’s richest man, he also wants to be regarded as the continent’s biggest philanthropist.

He said, “I do not only want to be known as Africa ’s richest man, but the biggest philanthropist.

“I will continue to use my resources and my voice to help shape a better Nigeria , and Africa as a whole.”

In her remarks, the Executive Director, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Halima Aliko -Dangote, said the foundation was poised to help lift the status of women in the country, saying “If you empower a woman, you empower the whole nation.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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