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Aliko dangote

Aliko Dangote is a renowned name in the business circle in Nigeria and outside Nigeria. He his the richest living black man in the world.

Early Life

 Aliko Dangote was born in Kano, Northern Nigeria State on 10th of April,  1957 into a wealthy hausa – muslim family. His mother was related to the legendary hausa businessman Alhassan Dantata, and his mother was the grand daughter of Dantata. He attended the Al Azhar University in Cairo,Egypt and studied Business.

Aliko dangote

Business Career and Achievement

After Aliko Dangote finished his university education he travelled back to Nigeria and started working with his uncle Sanusi Abdulkabir Dantata who later gave him a business loan of five hundred thousand naira when he was just 21yrs old. Aliko Dangote started his company Dangote Groups, which  was originally a small trading firm founded in 1977 and which  has now grown into a multi –trillion naira conglomerate which operates in countries like Ghana, Togo, Nigeria and Benin.

The group has been involve in a diversified form of businessand has a manufacturing investment with high turnover. Dangote Group also has manufacturing investment with high turnover. Dangote Group also invested in importing fish and also owns three big fishing trawlers chartered for fishing with a 5,000MT capacity. Dangote Groups also imports 400,000 metric tonnes of sugar annually before investing into establishing their own sugar refining company and then they are major suppliers of the products to the manufacturers  of Coca–cola, Pepsi and Seven- Up in Nigeria before  they  started refining there own sugar. They also import over 200,000MT of rice annually just as the company has investment also importing cements, fertilizer and building materials. Dangote Groups is also into exportation of cottons, cashew nuts, cocoa, ginger, gum Arabic and seasame seed to several countries. The group acquired Nigeria Textile Mills Plc, which it acquired and produces over 120,000 metres of finished textiles daily.

The group taste for expansion and the zeal to make the goods readily available for the masses and its customers, Dangote Groups now started a sugar refinery at Apapa Port, Lagos which is the largest in Africa and its size is the third largest in the world with the annual capacity of 700,000 tonnes of refined sugar annually, it has another sugar mill at Hadeja in Jigawa state with production capacity of 100,000 tonnes. The Group also has a salt factory at Apapa and Calabar, a polypropylene bagging factory which produces over 600 trailers for distribution and packaging for export and ease transport to the port for export.

Dangote Groups has investment in the transport and a vehicle leasing unit with over 100 fully air –conditioned commuter buses and also invested in real estate with luxury flats and high rise complexes in ikoyi, Victoria Island, Abuja,  Kaduna and Kano. Dangote is a known philanthropist, he played a major role in the funding of Obasanjo re – election campaign in 2003, to which he contributed over N 200 million naira (US$2M). He gave N50 million naira (US$ 0.5M) to the national mosque under the aegis of friend of Obasanjo and Atiku. He also contributed N200 million to the National Library.

Marital Life

Aliko Dangote is married with wives and children.

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5 Comments

  1. Rev. Elijah Olujenyo

    September 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I do pray for Aliko Dangote for his business expansion thereby creating employment for the masses and, as well, giving out to support less-privileged, may Allah continue to be blessing him. It is one thing to be blessed, and, of course, it is another chapter to use same blessing to bless another which will automatically be creating avenue for more blessing and grace of Almighty upon the giver ! I will be glad if Ali Dangote can help our Ministry of caring for less privileged and evangelizing the word of God in Africa and globally. Long live Ali Dangote. I do not have Ali Dangote;s address or phone but please use this media to send my message to him. I do hope that this message will reach him. Thanks.

  2. Obike Anthony

    August 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

    pls sir, my name is Anthony, i live in kano with my parents but my father is late. Sir i wrote waec and i made it with 9 credits but the problem is dat no money for me to continue with my education, pls sir, help me and my family sir pls.08106798685

  3. Martha

    November 13, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Sir, you are an inspiration to this generation. I desire to learn from you. It is said that the secret of men is in their stories. I desire to be greatly successful but i must learn from those who have gone ahead and made in life in order to follow after them.

  4. BASHIR YA'U ABUBAKAR

    February 23, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Assallamu alaikum warrah matullah, May the blessine of allah be continue open you&your farmly

  5. Ugbiji Deborah John

    June 8, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Dangote (baba), u re in deed a mentor to me, a role model 2 me it is said dat he who have a lion’s heart will always have the lion’s share. N u re the lion with a mighty share, in u, have come 2 notice dat d circle of d successful are not many. N i want 2 contribute in our Great Nation Nigeria, just as u. Am just a woman of twenty years old and i have this inner most passion for a geuinely successful business. Am full of my belief to be n even more greater than u baba, i love u n i pray to God Almighty to continue keeping u alive 4 d whole world n to keep on energizing u as a quality product 4 me to look unto n achieve my purpuse of been a great woman business tycoon, if u wish 2 support my dreams either with great n motivating advice or to see me in person as a father n child or financially 2 boost my products which no one knows of in this world except God almighty n I, till the apprioprate time that i will unveil it to d world 2 make use of. this is my phone no:xxxxxxxxxx am Miss Deborah Ugbiji 4rm Cross River State. Baba i’ll like 2 have a discussion with u. Thanks.

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FG trains unemployed graduates in Delta under GIS

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Mrs Tolu Falaiye presenting Certificate of Participation to an intern

Mrs Tolu Falaiye presenting Certificate of Participation to an intern

The Federal Ministry of Finance, through its Graduate Internship Scheme has trained about 50 Graduates inDelta State at a training titled “Orientation and Employability Skills Training”.

Mr Dennis Chukwu, Director Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), Federal Ministry Finance, on Monday said that the ministry would train over 50 unemployed graduates under the scheme in Delta State.

Mr. Chukwu said the GIS was developed to enhance the employability of up to 50,000 (by 2015) unemployed graduates in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT through internship programs in pre-selected institutions; reduce the vulnerability of unemployed graduates; build manpower base towards attaining national development operations and provide income supplement and a social safety net for unemployed graduates.

Mrs Ifejieko presenting the Director GIS speech at the opening ceremony Mrs Ifejiako representing the Director GIS, while addressing the participants in Asaba during the opening ceremony, said that the programme was to train universities and polytechnics graduates on skills acquisition.

She said that the Federal Government was committed to empowering the youth in the area with skills acquisition for job creation in the country as he decried the current unemployment rate in the country, describing it as unacceptable.

Saying that in view of its prospect for skills building and job creation, the scheme has developed special programmes for non-oil sector. GIS has entered into special partnerships with government and non-governmental organisations to have graduates trained, mentored and supported in areas such as non-oil export trade, ICT, agriculture, community health, construction, financial inclusion, amongst others.

She reiterated that many of the interns are currently part of these partnerships and the Directorate is happy with the positive feedbacks it is receiving from some of the employers, as she maintained  that the only key to solve unemployment problem could only be through concerted effort by all the stakeholders.

Basically, the internship programme is to prepare the graduates for the job market, in the quest for job search. “The interns had been placed in reputable private and public organisations for the period of 12 months where they were trained on various skills and paid monthly stipend of N30,000 and above.”

She said many graduates have used the GIS platofrom to distinguish themselves in their places of work. in the face of obvious challenges they have defied the odds against them to be true representatives of their families, their communities, the organization where they worked and the country at large.

She also said the objective of the Prepare interns exiting from scheme on opportunities for wealth creation in different sectors of the Nigerian economy; Guide them on strategies for enhanced job creation or employment; Expose interns to opportunities in cooperative system in mobilizing funds for business start-ups and sources of funding.

The programme is also designed to help interns in the place of networking and partnership; Enterprise establishment and development of business plans and Financial literacy and management.

Fundamentally, the training seeks to economically empower the unemployed graduates through conscious engagement and development of entrepreneurial capacities. In an attempt to rightly position the interns to take full advantage of the intervention, the Exit Training was held at the Conference Hall of Southgate Hotel, Asaba, Delta State.

Aremo Olusiji Balogun, Lead Facilitator, Successory Nigeria Limited speaking to journalists at the event

Aremo Olusiji Balogun, Lead Facilitator, Successory Nigeria Limited speaking to journalists at the event

captureThe Lead Facilitator, Aremo Olusiji Balogun of Successory Nigeria Limited therefore, admonished participants to take the training very serious by following the instruction and the basic rules with a view to getting the best.

He said that nobody would give them what they wanted unless they worked towards their own set agenda and goals as he urged the participants to use the knowledge gained to be self-reliant and contribute their quota to national development.

A representative of one of the partnering firm Barr. Jude Itedjere also urged the Federal Government not to relent in its efforts towards making our graduates employable especially through the GIS Scheme as most employers are reluctant to employing green horns but those with qualities and skills. He praised the FG for the initiative and pray that the programme will be expanded to cater for more graduates.

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala -Profile,about her,family and work.

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Ngozi okonjo iweala A princess born into a family of well educated Nigerian Royals on 13th day of June 1954, she hails from Delta State of Nigeria,

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

and spent the early years of her life living with her grand parents while her parents studied abroad. Upon the return of her parents she moved with them to Ibadan, South west of Nigeria where her parents worked with the then University College of Ibadan now University of Ibadan. She latter attended the girls school in Enugu and add a long break due to the civil war in Nigeria. She completed her secondary education at St Annes College in Ibadan.

 

Though the civil war disrupted her education it did not slow her down, she passed her a levels in with good grades and got admitted into Harvard University to study Economics. Leaving the shores of the country Ngozi Okonjo Iweala performed expectionally well in school and Graduated with good grades. She has a PHD from MIT the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala at the World Bank

Her first experience in the World Bank came through her internship program where she got the first experience of the institution and upon graduation she applied for the young professionals program of the world bank and was absorbed to the team of the world bank elites.

She continued there with a 21-year career as a development economist at the World Bank, where she held the post of Vice President and Corporate Secretary. This included two tours of duty (six years) working in the East Asia Region, the last tour (1997-2000) as Country Director Malaysia, Mongolia, Laos and Cambodia during the East Asian financial crisis; two duty tours in the  Middle East Region, the last (2000-2003) as Director, Operations (deputy vice-president) of the region. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala also served as Director of Institutional Change and Strategy (1995-1997). In this post she assisted with the implementation of the Bank’s reform agenda.  From 1989 to 1991 she was Special assistant to the Senior Vice President, Operations, an assignment that enabled participation in high level policy formulation and discussions for countries as diverse as China and Burkina Faso.

She left twice to serve as Finance Minister of Nigeria, under the dispensation of president Olusegun Obasanjo and president Goodluck Jonathan, came back  in between the two presidents term in office to be the Managing Director of the World Bank.  Currently she is been tipped to be the President of the World Bank, she received backing from South Africa, Brazil and Scholars like Harvard Professor Pritchett, there might be backing from China and India if they would vote based on merit.

She unsuccessfully ran for the World Bank Presidency, though she was the preferred and most qualified choice the US backed candidate won, she however sets precedence for other contestant to challenge the status quo.

As Finance Minister in the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Following her role as Vice President in the World Bank the Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo asked her to be the Finance Minister of the country. The president was impressed with the brief on economic reforms he requested from her and asked her to serve as the Minister of Finance. The position she held between 2003 and 2006,during this period she had a short stint as the Minister of foreign affairs.

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

Her achievements

As a Minister of Finance she heads a team which is responsible for the economic reforms policy in Nigeria.

She initiated the practice of publishing allocations from to the Federal government to each states in the country.

She was instrumental to boosting Nigeria’s credit rating from Fitch and Standard and Poor’s to BB minus.

She headed a team that renegotiated the cancellation of US $18 billion about 60 percent of Nigeria’s external debt with the Paris Club which includes a juicy buyback to wipes the countries debt and reduces it indebtness to $5 Billion.

After her resignation as Minister of Finance she founded NOI Consulting and also co founded Makeda Funds with SEAF. The Fund was designed to help and support small business in emerging markets. She left NOI consulting to serve as Managing Director of the World Bank. After a while she was called to serve again has the Finance Minister of Nigeria by President Goodluck Jonathan a post she still holds till date.

Recently she has been tipped and nominated for the world bank presidency a position that has been held since inception by a US candidate. If elected she will be the first female president of the bank and also the first non-US candidate. Though she has declined interest she is the best candidate so far, having been a Finance Minister of Nigeria and also a Managing Director at the World bank.

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala’s  contribution and works

She brought to the forefront the issue of Corruption and need for transparency and accountability in African Countries. She Joined Brooks a private not for profit research and innovative policy solution organization as a distinguished visiting fellow, where she would be working on three key areas within the global economy and development program:

  1. The Wolfensohn Centre for Development, led by Johannes Linn
  2. The Global Health Financing Initiative, recently launched with a Gates Foundation grant
  3. The Transparency and Accountability Project. The health and transparency projects are led by Senior Fellow David de Ferranti.

She has an academic piece published by Africa World Press in 2003, The Debt Trap in Nigeria: Towards a Sustainable Debt Strategy. Co-edited with Charles C. Soludo and Mansur Muhtar.

A biography of renowned and respected author. Chinua Achebe: Teacher of Light:  Co-authored with Tijan Sallah.

International awards

TIMES Europe –Hero 2004

Euromoney Magazine –  Global Finance Minister of the year 2005

Financial Times/The Banker African Finance Minister 2005

Honorary Doctorate Degrees

Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.

Colby College, Maine, USA.

Amherst College, Amherst, MA, USA.

Others are

Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland.

Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville, Jamaica.

She is fond of her family, and has Four Children, three boys and a girl. Her Husband who is also her childhood sweetheart is a surgeon. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is not only a professional who knows her onion but also a true ambassador of Africa. She is mostly seen wearing her traditional attires.

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Profile of Chuka Umunna,his career and work.

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Chuka Umunna was born 17th of October, 1978 to a Nigerian Father and English-Irish Mother, he was educated at Hitherfield Primary School in Streatham, south London, at the voluntary aided Christ Church C of E Primary School (Cotherstone Road) in the Brixton Hill area of Streatham,and at the independent secondary school St. Dunstan’s College in Catford in south-east London. He obtained a 2:1 degree in English and French Law from the University of Manchester and then studied at the University of Burgundy in Dijon in France, and Nottingham Law School in  Nottingham.

 

Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna

Interest

Education, equality, and community and youth engagement.

Career

He trained at Herbert Smith the large “Magic Circle” City law firm: about his decision to join the firm he said “I wanted to join Herbert Smith because they were a big international firm, very much at the heart of the City, business and finance. Having entered thinking I wanted to be a hotshot corporate lawyer, I ended up wanting to become an employment lawyer because employment relates to people and their relationships. In 2006, he moved to the central London law firm, Rochman Landau, where he mainly acted for individuals and small and medium sized companies. As an employment lawyer, Umunna often spoke in the media on employment issues.

He is “Labour through and through” and says the Tories aren’t serious about equality, “despite what Cameron tries to say with his spin and presentation” and says the BSS is a very positive development, long overdue. But he warns that although Labour has traditionally represented Blacks: “We are in danger of falling behind on that if we don’t increase representation in the future. It’s not just about representation, it’s also about increasing out communities’ general participation in the political process. That’s something we must work on.”

Influence and motivation

At 27 Chuka Umunna has been in main street politics, Influenced by his father who is a died when he was 13. Chuka recalls moment with his father saying “It had a huge influence on my life. I had to grow up very, very quickly.” He added: “Politically my father had a big influence on me. He spoke out against the corruption in Nigeria, for better governance and got involved in politics in Anambra state. He narrowly missed out on winning the governorship of that state shortly before he died in a car crash. He lost because he refused to bribe anyone and was standing on an anti-corruption ticket.

Also motivating were his experiences while growing – In my youth I also often visited my father’s native Nigeria and came face to face with the extreme poverty one sees in Africa in the heart wrenching appeal videos produced by the likes of Oxfam and Comic Relief every year. I simply could not understand why some had so much, whilst others had so little. From there sprung a desire to do something about it and the other challenges we face.

 

he is presently a School Governor of Sunnyhill Primary School and sits on the Board of Sunnyhill Children’s Centre, both in Streatham Wells. He lives on Streatham High Road.

In addition, he sits on the Board of Generation Next, a not for profit social enterprise which provides activities for young people in London, and has been involved charitable youth work in Lambeth too.

He is a patron of Latimer Creative Media, a social enterprise which trains young people in digital media and a supporter of Cassandra Learning Centre, a charity raising awareness and working to stop domestic violence.

Prior to becoming Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Streatham, Chuka was Vice Chair of Streatham Labour Party from 2004 to 2008 and had held a variety of positions throughout the local party.

In the May 2010 general election, Chuka was elected to represent Streatham having received 20,037 votes, with the number of votes received by Labour rising from 18,950 in the previous general election in 2005. Turnout in Streatham increased by 11.5 percentage points at 62.8% compared with 51.3% in 2005.

He is a member of the GMB and Unite trade unions and sits on the Management Committee of progressive pressure group, Compass.

Since becoming an MP, he has been elected on to the Treasury select committee and become Ed Miliband’s parliamentary private secretary.

In October 2011, Chuka was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, replacing the Rt Hon John Denham MP who announced his resignation from Shadow Cabinet.

In this role, Mr Umunna leads the Opposition Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) team, leading for the opposition on a wide range of issues including business, enterprise, science and universities.

 

Contact

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3a Mount Ephraim Road, Streatham, London, SW16 1NQ

Tel: 020 8769 5063

Email: chukka.umunna.mp@parliament.uk

Website: www.chuka.org.uk

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