Sunday, July 12, 2020

Wole Soyinka Biography and Net Worth

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 Wole Soyinka is a scholar and a Nobel Laureate. He's widely known for his contribution to the
African Literature.

Although was never a politician, but his works and success has made him a public figure and has also brought him to different levels.

He was given the privilege to travel across the 54 countries in Africa.

Needless to say, he also has little beginnings.

In this post, I will be sharing with you Wole Soyinka biography, his net worth, his books, and other random facts that will interest you.

So let's get started from the beginning.

Wole Soyinka Biography - Early Life

Wole Soyinka was born Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Babatunde Soyinka on July 13, 1934, in Abeokuta, near Ibadan in western Nigeria. His father, Samuel Ayodele Soyinka, was a prominent Anglican minister and headmaster.

His mother, Grace Eniola Soyinka, who was called "Wild Christian," was a shopkeeper and local activist.

As a child, he lived in an Anglican mission compound, learning the Christian teachings of his parents, as well as the Yoruba spiritualism and tribal customs of his grandfather.

A precocious and inquisitive child, Wole prompted the adults in his life to warn one another: “He will kill you with his questions.”

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After finishing preparatory university studies in 1954 at Government College in Ibadan, Soyinka moved to England and continued his education at the University of Leeds, where he served as the editor of the school's magazine, The Eagle. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature in 1958. (In 1972 the university awarded him an honorary doctorate).


Upon his return to Nigeria, he founded an acting company and wrote his first important play, A Dance of the Forests (produced 1960; published 1963), for the Nigerian independence celebrations.

The play satirizes the fledgling nation by stripping it of romantic legend and by showing that the present is no more a golden age than was the past.

He wrote several plays in a lighter vein, making fun of pompous, Westernized schoolteachers in The Lion and the Jewel (first performed in Ibadan, 1959; published 1963) and mocking the clever preachers of upstart prayer-churches who grow fat on the credulity of their parishioners in The Trials of Brother Jero (performed 1960; published 1963) and Jero’s Metamorphosis (1973).

But his more serious plays, such as The Strong Breed (1963), Kongi’s Harvest (opened the first Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar, 1966; published 1967), The Road (1965), From Zia, with Love (1992), and even the parody King Baabu (performed 2001; published 2002), reveal his disregard for African authoritarian leadership and his disillusionment with Nigerian society as a whole.

Other notable plays include Madmen and Specialists (performed 1970; published 1971), Death and the King’s Horseman (1975), and The Beatification of Area Boy (1995).

 In these and Soyinka’s other dramas, Western elements are skillfully fused with subject matter and dramatic techniques deeply rooted in Yoruba folklore and religion.

Symbolism, flashback, and ingenious plotting contribute to a rich dramatic structure.

His best works exhibit humour and fine poetic style as well as a gift for irony and satire and for accurately matching the language of his complex characters to their social position and moral qualities.From 1960 to 1964 Soyinka was coeditor of Black Orpheus, an important literary journal.

 From 1960 onward he taught literature and drama and headed theatre groups at various Nigerian universities, including those of Ibadan, Ife, and Lagos. After winning the Nobel Prize.

He also was sought after as a lecturer, and many of his lectures were published—notably the Reith Lectures of 2004, as Climate of Fear (2004).

From 1960 to 1964 Soyinka was coeditor of Black Orpheus, an important literary journal. From 1960 onward he taught literature and drama and headed theatre groups at various Nigerian universities, including those of Ibadan, Ife, and Lagos. 

After winning the Nobel Prize, he also was sought after as a lecturer, and many of his lectures were published—notably the Reith Lectures of 2004, as Climate of Fear (2004).

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Though he considered himself primarily a playwright, Soyinka also wrote novels—The Interpreters (1965) and Season of Anomy (1973)—and several volumes of poetry

The latter include Idanre, and Other Poems (1967) and Poems from Prison (1969; republished as A Shuttle in the Crypt, 1972), published together as Early Poems (1998); Mandela’s Earth and Other Poems (1988); and Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known (2002).

 His verse is characterized by a precise command of language and a mastery of lyric, dramatic, and meditative poetic forms. 

He wrote a good deal of Poems from Prison while he was jailed in 1967–69 for speaking out against the war brought on by the attempted secession of Biafra from Nigeria. 

 The Man Died (1972) is his prose account of his arrest and 22-month imprisonment. 

Soyinka’s principal critical work is Myth, Literature, and the African World (1976), a collection of essays in which he examines the role of the artist in the light of Yoruba mythology and symbolism. Art, Dialogue, and Outrage (1988) is a work on similar themes of art, culture, and society.

 He continued to address Africa’s ills and Western responsibility in The Open Sore of a Continent (1996) and The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness (1999).

Soyinka was the first black African to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. 

An autobiography, Aké: The Years of Childhood, was published in 1981 and followed by the companion pieces Ìsarà: A Voyage Around Essay (1989) and Ibadan: The Penkelemes Years: A Memoir, 1946–1965 (1994). 

In 2006 he published another memoir, You Must Set Forth at Dawn. In 2005–06 Soyinka served on the Encyclopædia Britannica Editorial Board of Advisors.
Soyinka has long been a proponent of Nigerian democracy.

His decades of political activism included periods of imprisonment and exile, and he has founded, headed, or participated in several political groups, including the National Democratic Organization, the National Liberation Council of Nigeria, and Pro-National Conference Organizations (PRONACO). 

In 2010 Soyinka founded the Democratic Front for a People’s Federation and served as chairman of the party.

Wole Soyinka Life Time Honours

In 1994 - The Wole Soyinka Annual Lecture Series was founded in 1994 and "is dedicated to honouring one of Nigeria and Africa's most outstanding and enduring literary icons: Professor Wole Soyinka". 

In 2011 - The African Heritage Research Library and Cultural Centre built a writers' enclave in his honour.

In 2014 - The collection Crucible of the Ages: Essays in Honour of Wole Soyinka at 80, edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah and Ogochwuku Promise, was published by Bookcraft in Nigeria and Ayebia Clarke Publishing in the UK
In 2018, Henry Louis Gates, Jr tweeted that Nigerian filmmaker and writer, Onyeka Nwelue, visited him in Harvard and was making a documentary film on Wole Soyinka. As part of efforts to mark his 84th birthday, a collectiom of poems titled 84 Delicious Bottles of Wine was published for Wole Soyinka, edited by Onyeka Nwelue and Odega Shawa. Among the notable contributors was Adamu Usman Garko, award winning teenage essayist, poet and writer.
  • 1973: Honorary D.Litt., University of Leeds
  • 1973–74: Overseas Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge
  • 1983: Elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
  • 1983: Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, United States
  • 1986: Nobel Prize for Literature
  • 1986: Agip Prize for Literature
  • 1986: Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR).
  • 1990: Benson Medal from Royal Society of Literature
  • 1993: Honorary doctorate, Harvard University
  • 2002: Honorary fellowship, SOAS
  • 2005: Honorary doctorate degree, Princeton University
  • 2005: Conferred with the chieftaincy title of the Akinlatun of Egbaland by the Oba Alake of the Egba clan of Yorubaland. Soyinka became a tribal aristocrat by way of this, one vested with the right to use the Yoruba title Oloye as a pre-nominal honorific.
  • 2009: Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement
  • 2013: Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, Lifetime Achievement, United States
  • 2014: International Humanist Award
  • 2017: Joins the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Humanities
  • 2017 "Special Prize" of the Europe Theatre Prize
  • 2018, University of Ibadan renamed its arts theater to Wole Soyinka Theatre.
  • 2018: Honorary Doctorate Degree of Letters, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).[77]

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Biography of Tonto Dikeh, Net Worth, and Family

Background of Tonto Dikeh

Tonto Charity Dikeh was born on the 9th of June 1985 to Mr Sunny Dikeh and Mrs Veronica Dikeh as the third of five children..Tonto Dikeh age in 2020 is 35 years old. She hails from Ikwerre descent in Obio akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.She was born into a large family – she had seven siblings (five from her mother, and two from her stepmother), and was the third oldest out of them all. Tonto lost her mum when she was 3years old, so her stepmother raised her and her siblings.


She grew up in Port Harcourt and obtained a BSc in petrochemical engineering from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology. She got married to Oladunni Churchill in August 2015. The marriage produced a son; Andre Omodayo Churchill but the couple divorced in 2017.


Tonto Charity Dikeh’s journey in the Nigerian entertainment industry started in 2006 after she took part in a reality Tv show – The Next Movie Star in 2005. Before then, she used to be a car dealer in Port Harcourt.
At some point in her acting career, Amaco Investments featured her with Patience Ozokwor in a music video. It was after the video that she released her music debut with two singles Hi and Itz Ova. After that, a popular Nigerian singer – D’Banj signed her to his record label – DB Records, on the 13th of June 2014. She left DB records in March 2015, because she decided to explore other business ventures.

Following a successful acting career, Dikeh decided to pursue a music career. Prior to that, she was featured in a music video for Amaco Investments, alongside Patience Ozokwor. She made her music debut by releasing the singles "Hi" and "Itz Ova", the latter of which features Snypa. On 13 June 2014, Nigerian singer D'banj signed her to his record label, DB Records. Dikeh announced her departure from DB records in March 2015.

Endorsements of Tonto Dikeh

  • Zikel Cosmetics signed a N100 million deal with Tonto Dikeh as an Ambassador of their makeup brand in Africa on the 23rd of May 2019.
  • She is an Ambassador of Amstel Malt.
  • Tonto is an Ambassador of Sapphire Scents.
  • She is an Ambassador for the largest Chinese Restaurant in Sub Sahara Africa – Silk Road Restaurant.


  1. Tonto was born on 9th June 1985 so she is 34 going on 35 years old.
  2. She lost her mother at a very tender age and was raised by her stepmother along with seven other siblings.
  3. Tonto Dikeh studied petroleum engineering at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
  4. The actress popularly called Tontolet became popular after finishing as a runnerup in the reality show The Next Movie Star. Immediately after, producers began casting her in various important movie roles.
  5. Tonto Dikeh got married in 2016 to Olakunle Churchill but the couple separated in 2017.
  6. She acted in a soft porn movie titled Dirty Secrets and faced criticism for it.
  7. Tonto Dikeh has undergone major plastic surgeries for body enhancement.
  8. She allegedly has 58 different tattoos all over her body.
  9. Tonto Dikeh is the first Nigerian celebrity to earn N100 million as a brand ambassador for a makeup brand in Africa when she signed am endorsement deal with Zikel Cosmetics.
  10. She also released some hit songs during her music endeavour featuring popular artistes like Terry G, Solid Star and Dbanj. The later even signed her to his record label.

Awards And Recognitions Of Tonto Dikeh

  • Nominated for BON Awards – 2012
  • Afro Hollywood Awards nominated her for Best Actress (English language film) category – 2012
  • Future Awards Nominee for Actor of the year – 2012
  • Best Actress of the Year at ELOY Awards – 2013
  • Nominee at the City People Movie Award for Best Actress of the Year (English) – 2014
  • Best Actress Award by Peace Ambassador Awards – 2016
  • Nominee for the South-South Progressive awards – 2016
  • Nominated for the GAB Special Recognition Awards in The Arts category – 2016
  • Humanitarian ambassador of the year nominee at the Starrz Awards – 2017
  • Nominated for Her Network Woman of the Year (HNWOTY) Awards – 2018
  • Social Media honours the Tonto Dike Foundation with the Social Good Awards – 2019
  • J-KRUE Awards nominated Tonto Dikeh Foundation for the Humanitarian Foundation of the Year – 2019
  • Award of Excellence for Female Activist of the Year by QOEN – 2019

Thursday, June 18, 2020



Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola Adenuga was born on the 29th of April, 1953 to Oloye Michael Agbolade Adenuga Snr and Omoba Juliana Oyindamola Adenuga (née Onashile, of Okesopin, Ijebu Igbo), in Ibadan, Oyo State.His father, the Oloye Michael Agbolade Adenuga Sr, was a school teacher while his mother, Omoba Juliana Oyindamola Adenuga was a businesswoman of royal Ijebu descent. It is safe to say that Mike Adenuga inherited his business sense from his mother who was a businesswoman from royal Ijebu descent.

Adenuga  attended Ibadan Grammar School for his secondary school education and proceeded to Comprehensive High School Aiyetoro for his Higher School Certificate. He received his secondary school education at Ibadan Grammar School, Ibadan, and Comprehensive High School, Aiyetoro, for his Higher School Certificate (HSC). He worked as a taxi driver to help fund his university education.[8] He graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Pace University, New York, with degrees in Business Administration.


Mike Adenuga’s career path was not an easy one as one would think. The billionaire started out as a taxi driver in New York hustling to pay for his university tuition. At some point, he sold soft drinks and lace material. For Mike Adenuga, once the business is legal and he understands it and it can generate revenue, he is good to go.We can say that fate smiled on Mike. He was one of the beneficiaries of the new policy made by Professor Jubril Aminu, the oil minister during Babangida’s regime. The policy allowed individuals to engage in the business of oil exploitation and exploration. 
In 1990, he received a drilling license and in 1991, his Consolidated Oil struck oil in the shallow waters of Southwestern Ondo State, the first indigenous oil company to do so in commercial quantity.
He was issued a conditional GSM licence in 1999; after it was revoked he received a second one when the government held another auction in 2003. His telecom company Globacom spread quickly and started challenging the giant MTN Group. It launched services in Benin in 2008, and has continued its spread across Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, with more licences currently being prospected in other West African countries.

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He was named African Entrepreneur of The Year at the first African Telecoms Awards (ATA) in August 2007.
In 2009, Adenuga was detained for money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. He subsequently left the country and lived in London until the Umaru Musa Yar'Adua regime granted him a pardon.
In May 2015, Adenuga made a takeover bid to purchase Ivorian mobile telecom's operator Comium Côte d'Ivoire for $600 million.
In June 2016, it was revealed that Adenuga was being pursued for a combined debt of US$140.5 million, after his company ConOil failed to pay debts owed to, among others, the French oil giant Total. Bellbop, another company owned by Adenuga, had an interim injunction placed on it by the High Court in Lagos, after it too failed to pay the $9.4 million owed to the US oil and gas firm Baker Hughes.


1. Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger - In 2012, by the government of Nigeria.

2. He held a Yoruba tribal chieftaincy as the Otunba Apesin of the Ijebu clan.

3. He was decorated with the insignia of a
Commander of the Legion of Honour - In 2018, by President Emmanuel Macron of France.

4. African Entrepreneur of The Year at ATA -  2007

5. Companion of the Star of Ghana (CSG)  - 2018

6. 100 distinguished and Eminent Nigerians Centenary Awards -  2018


Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu was born on the 29th of March 1952 in Lagos State, Nigeria. His mother –  Chief Abibatu Mogaji, was the Iyaloja of Lagos State. He is married to Oluremi Tinubu, the current Senator of the Lagos Central Constituency, and they are blessed with children.Tinubu had his primary and secondary education at St. John’s Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos and Children’s Home School in Ibadan, Nigeria respectively. T inubu had is first degree in Chicago Sate University in the year 1979 with a Bachelors of science degree in Accounting. Tinubu is the Asiwaju of Lagos and the Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom, Niger State, Nigeria.
While schooling, Tinubu worked as a cab driver, a security man, a door guard, a dishwasher and room service personnel. Because he had several sources of income, he no longer depended on his family in Nigeria for pocket money.
Tinubu was a very brilliant student, he maintained his position as the best student from the beginning of the academic year until the end. His excellent performance earned him a scholarship and also qualified him to tutor in the accounting department.


He attended St. John's Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos and Children's Home School in Ibadan, South West of Nigeria. Tinubu then went to the United States in 1975, where he studied first at Richard J. Daley College in ChicagoIllinoiswhere he also earned himself a place in the honors list of the College. He subsequently proceeded to the Chicago State University, Illinois where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Accounting and Management).
During his undergraduate years, he was honored with the Outstanding Student’s Award, The University Scholar’s Award and the Certificate of Merit in Accounting and Finance.

On his arrival in the U.S. in 1975 and with the support of an ever-adoring mother, this courageous youth, faced with an unflinching zeal to succeed, took on such menial jobs as dishwashing, night-guard and cab-driving to see himself through the initial difficulties of school at the Richard Daley College, Chicago, Illinois.

The brilliance of this young Nigerian showed in his ability to make the honours’ list of Richard Daley College. He subsequently transferred to the Chicago State University, Illinois, graduating with honours in 1979 and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Accounting and Management). During his first year in Chicago State University, young Bola was given the rare privilege to partly teach other students of his Faculty remedial tutorial classes. Most of his colleagues and contemporaries at the university attributed their improved grades to his tutorial lectures.

Throughout his undergraduate years, young Bola was on the Dean’s List and was honoured with the Outstanding Student’s Award, the University Scholar’s Award and the Certificate of Merit in Accounting and Finance. He was also awarded the prestigious Sumna cum laude for scoring 3.54 out of possible 4.0 GP.


On his return to Nigeria and with his international experience in Financial Management, young Bola joined Mobil Producing Nigeria as a Senior Auditor before he retired as the company’s Treasurer.

As pragmatic, charitable, grassroots’ person, Asiwaju Bola Ah
med Tinubu saw communal service as a veritable tool for social development. He never hesitated to serve his community spearheading several financial contributions and fund-raising for community development programmes in Lagos State. He leads Primrose Group, a political action organization pushing for fundamental changes in the politics of Lagos State.
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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu opted fully for public service in exchange for his lucrative job at Mobil. His first foray into active politics was as a founding member of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP). In 1992, he was elected as an Honourable Senator of the Federal Republic Nigeria to represent Lagos West Senatorial District. At the National Assembly, he distinguished himself as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Finance, Appropriation and Currency - a foremost committee of the Senate.

With the annulment of the June 12, 1993 Nigerian Presidential Election and the consequent fresh militarization of the Nigerian politics, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu became a founding member of the famous pro-democracy group, the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) which, for several years, engaged the military for the very soul of Nigeria. Subsequently, Bola Tinubu suffered many arrests and detention, harassments and constant threats to his life forcing him to flee Nigeria for his personal safety. He, however, did not give up the struggle as he joined NADECO abroad to continue the agitation for a restoration of democratic governance and the rule in the country.
In 1998, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu returned to Nigeria to heed a call for all Nigerians to join in the National Reconciliation and Development. A year later, he began his two-term public service as an elected Executive Governor of Lagos State on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).

For his excellent performance as the Executive Governor of Lagos State of Nigeria (1999 – 2007), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu received several awards. These include Best Governor in Nigeria for Y2000 by the Nigerian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce; Y2002 Best Practices Prize in improving the living environment, awarded by the Federal Ministry of Works and the UN Habitat Group; Y2000 Best Computerized Government in Nigeria Award by the Computer Association of Nigeria. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was conferred with the Honorary Doctor of Law Degree by the Abia State University in recognition of his immense contribution to democracy, good governance and development of Nigeria. He is the proud recipient of numerous other chieftaincy titles and a patron of many professional and social organizations.

As an astute political strategist, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu survived the massive incursion of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the South Western States of Nigeria as the lone re-elected Governor of the Alliance for Democracy (AD). This led him on a regular collision course with the PDP-controlled Federal Government, especially on his creation of additional 37 Local Council Development Areas for Lagos States. A Supreme Court judgment in his favour stated that the Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo’s Federal Government should release the seized statutory allocation of the Lagos State Local Government funds.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was actively involved in the creation of the Action Congress (AC) political party as recourse to the decimated Alliance for Democracy (AD). Rallying like minds across the country, he sold sound ideals and programmes on this fresh and new political platform. Within a few months, he transformed this new party as the credible opposition to the PDP in the country.

His political career began in 1992, when he was elected to the Nigerian Senate representing the Lagos West constituency in the short-lived Nigerian Third Republic. After the results of the 12 June 1993 presidential elections were annulled, Tinubu became a founding member of the pro-democracy National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), which mobilized support for the restoration of democracy and recognition of the 12 June results. He went into exile in 1994 and returned to the country in 1998 after the death of military dictator Sani Abacha, which ushered in a transition to civilian rule.

In the run-up to the 1999 elections, Bola Tinubu was a protégé of Alliance for Democracy (AD) leaders Abraham Adesanya and Ayo Adebanjo. He won the AD primaries for the Lagos State gubernatorial elections in competition with Funsho Williams and Wahab Dosunmu, a former Minister of Works and Housing. In April 1999, he stood for the position of Executive Governor of Lagos State on the AD ticket and was elected.
Lagos State governor
When he assumed office in May 1999, Bola Ahmed Tinubu promised 10,000 housing units for the poor. During his eight-year period of office, he made large investments in education in the state. He also initiated new road construction, required to meet the needs of the fast-growing population of the state.

The Oloye Tinubu, alongside a new deputy governor, Femi Pedro, won re-election to office as Governor in April 2003. All other states in the South West fell to the People's Democratic Party.

He was involved in a struggle with the Federal government over whether Lagos State had the right to create new Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to meet the needs of its large population.

The controversy led to the Federal government seizing funds meant for local councils in the state. During the later part of his term in office, he was engaged in continuous clashes with PDP powers such as Adeseye Ogunlewe, a former Lagos State senator who became minister of works, and Bode George, southwest chairman of the PDP.
Relations between Bola Tinubu and deputy governor Femi Pedro became increasingly tense after Pedro declared his intention to run for the gubernatorial elections. Femi Pedro competed to become the AC candidate for governor in the 2007 elections, but withdrew his name on the eve of the party nomination. He defected to the Labour Party while still keeping his position as deputy governor. Tinubu's tenure as Lagos State Governor ended on 29 May 2007 when Babatunde Fashola of the Action Congress took office. Fashola had been Chief of Staff to Bola Tinubu.

Today, the great legacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is built on by his successor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), who served as his Chief of Staff. Continuation of Tinubu’s outstanding policies makes the present administration of Lagos State an exceptional and the foremost Government in Nigeria.
The Jagaban Borgu still marches on in the political landscape of the country, with a resolve to take on any challenging task with positive public to reduce poverty among his people.

Following the victory by the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 2007 elections, Bola Tinubu was active in negotiations to bring together the fragmented opposition parties into a "mega-party" capable of challenging the PDP in 2011. In July 2009, he called for implementation of electoral reforms spelled out in the Uwais report to ensure that the 2011 elections would be as free and fair as the elections of 1993 had been. In December 2009 there were reports that Babatunde Fashola and Bola Tinubu had fallen out over the issue of whether Fashola should run for reelection in 2011, with Tinubu said to be supporting the Commissioner for Environment, Muiz Banire.
Tinubu formed a new party alongside Muhammadu Buhari a party which was named All Progressive congress (APC). The goal was to build a stronger party to get rid of the ruling party PDP.
In 2015 Tinubu's target became a success as APC won the presidential elections and most of the polls across the country.
Tinubu is married to Oluremi Tinubu, the current Senator of central Lagos State. His youngest daughter, Abibat Tinubu, graduated from a Music college in Boston, Massachusetts, US in 2013.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Aliko Dangote Biography, Net worth, Family and Others

Aliko Dangote Biography

aliko dangote biography

Aliko dangote, a popular name in Africa and someone everyone wants to associate with as the richest man in Africa. Many are surprised about how such a man can attain such great height in the business world. Some are motivated to start their business.

 Really wealth comes with fame. I can tell, you have heard of Aliko Dangote more than 10 times. But I can assure you that there is more you don’t know about him. Recently a lot of people have been asking questions on Aliko Dangote’s net worth, biography and life story.

Here at Gurus Coach, I will be writing the story life of this great man, Aliko Dangote. I will be discussing how Aliko Dangote rose to the top as the richest man in Africa.

This is a series I just started. In this series, I will be writing on biographies of great men like Femi Otedola, Mike Adenuga and many more. Stay tuned as I discuss the life story of Great men and women in Nigeria.

Aliko Dangote Background

Aliko Dangote was born on theh 10th of April 1957 in Kano, Nigeria. He was born into a wealthy muslim family. His mother’s name is ariya Aliko while his maternal grandfather is Sanusi Dantata.

He has three siblings – Sani Dangote, Bello Dangote and a younger brother who lost his life in an air crash in Kano.

Though born into a wealthy family, he never allowed himself to be too dependent on his family. Born into a wealthy family, what you could have expected is to be too pampered. But it was a different thing for him.

While growing, Dangote already had the business instinct and started early while in primary school. This is a rare occurrence to see. While growing up in primary school, He would buy cartons of sweets (candy) and would sell them to his friends, just to make money.

He once said in an interview: “I can remember when I was in primary school, I would go and buy cartons of sweets [ candy ] and I would start selling them just to make money. I was so interested in business, even at that time.”

He was raised by his maternal grandfather, Sanusi Dangote, who was once one of the wealthiest man in West Africa at the time. Dangote studied business studies and graduated from Al-Azahar University, Cairo, Egypt. After graduating, Dangote started his business fully.

At the age of 21, Aliko Dangote borrowed $2500 from his uncle to import and sell agricultural commodities to Nigeria. $2500 dollars at that time was N500,000 naira because naira still had value.

He moved from kano to lagos to start his full fledged business importing rice form Thailand and sugar from Brazil.

His business grew faster than planned and he was able to repay his uncle’s loan after three months of starting his business. This quick repayment of the loan was due to how fast his business grew.

The venture became successful. Dangote claims on some of best days he was realizisng a daily net profit of $10,000. This allowed him to repay his loans within three months. In 1997, the Dangote group was established.

In the early stage, it was established as a small trading firm the same year dangote relocated to Lagos to expand his company. Moving to lagos, he had the intention of manufacturing rather than importing.

He has always imported commodities but saw a need to stop importing and start manufacturing. This decision contributed to the rapid growth of Dangote company. The result of this was the establishment of plants to produce sugar, flour and pasta.

Just around the same time, Dangote was awarded a state – owned cement company. Not long after he was awarded, he built a multi-million dollars cement manufacturing plant in 2005 with $319 million dollars of his own money and a $479 million dollar loan from the World bank international finance corporation.

Without this loan, he would not have been able to build his cement manufacturing plant in 2005. The company’s revenue since the inception of the cement manufacturing plant grew faster. This rapid growth helped Dangote in moving into other African countries.

Dangote has always invested majority of his profits back into his businesses, which is one reason the company has grown since inception.

Aliko Dangote in an interview has once said that: “We, Dangote Group, are not doing like other Africans who keep most of their money in the bank.

We do not keep money in the bank. We fully invest whatever we have and we keep on investing.” His $16.6 billion dollar fortune comes from Dangote cement , which is the largest cement producer in Africa.

The company now operates in other African countries including Cameroon, Benin, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Zambia and Tanzania.

Today, Dangote group with its dominance in the sugar market and refinery business is the main supplier to the country’s soft drinks companies.

It is the largest refinery in Africa and the third largest in the world, produce 800,000 tonnes of sugar annually. Dangote recently has diversified into telecommunications and started building 14,000 kilometres of fibre optic cable to supply the whole of Nigeria.

He once said: “Let me tell you this and I want to really emphasize it…. Nothing is going to help Nigerians bringing back their money. If you gave me $5 billion dollars today, I will invest everything here in Nigeria. Let us put our head together and work.” Family Aliko Dangote is married and lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

He has been married four times, and his first three marriages ended in divorce. He has a total of fifteen children from these marriages. His first marriage which was to a young woman his family selected for him in May 1977. This marriage did not work out for long for reasons not well known to all.

After the divorce, Aliko Dangote later got married to Mariya A.D Muhoammad Rufair, a Senator’s daughter. Rumours had it that there was a romance between the richest man in Africa and Queen of beauty of 2013, Sylvia Nduka. Among the children of Dangote are Halima Bello (Dangote), Mariya Dangote – Fatima Dangote.

The three of them reportedly studied and graduated from the best universities in the United Kingdom. Halima holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the American intercontinental university, London, United Kingdom (2005), and a masters’ in Business Administration (MBA) obtained from Webster Business school, London, also in the UK (2006).

Halima Aliko Dangote is an Executive Director, Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) and also Executive Director, commercial (EDC), Nascon Allied Industries PLC, a subsidiary of DIL.

Fatima Dangote one of Dangote’s daughters got married to the pilot son of Former Inspector General (IG) of Police, MD Abubakar. The wedding which took place at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos, had in attendance great men like Bill Gate, Femi Otedola and other great men.

Another person you should know is Sani Dangote, Aliko Dangote’s brother. He is the Vice President of Dangote Group and sits on the board of several other companies.

He is also the deputy chairman of African Gum Arabic Producers Association, a fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Supply and President of the Fertilise Producer & Suppliers Association.

Aliko Dangote's Net Worth

Aliko Dangote has a current networth of $7.4 billion dollars in 2020 which saw a drop to his net worth at 2019.

Though his net worth saw a drop from $10 billion dollars in 2019 to $7.4 billion dollars, he is still the richest man in Nigeria and Africa.