Nigerian business mogul and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has dismissed reports making the rounds that he has passed on.
A story by Dw-tv3.com said Dangote, 59, died in Germany after a brief illness. News of the death hit social media and within some few minutes, it went viral with people expressing shock, surprise and showing all sorts of emotions including bidding him farewell and praying he rests in peace. However, yesterday, Dangote tweeting with the handle @AlikoDangote said, “Hale, hearty and alive”. Please disregard malicious report saying otherwise. Thank you.”
Meanwhile, the business mogul has promised to invest $20billion in projects ranging from a petroleum refinery, petrochemicals, fertiliser, gas pipeline, and backward integration in sugar and rice production in Nigeria over the next few years.
Speaking at an award ceremony themed “Education: The Key to Africa’s Economic Growth,” in New York city, United States, weekend, he said the projects will create over 250,000 jobs and provide foreign exchange earnings and savings of $16billion for the country and help diversify our economy.
‘‘Central to this developmental trajectory is the need for capacity building and ramping up of the quality of skills of a fast growing African workforce. Despite the current economic challenges, we will continue to scale up the value of our investments not only in Nigeria but also across the entire continent, because we believe in Nigeria’s and Africa’s potential. We believe that it is only by sustained massive investments in infrastructure across the continent, supported with access to education, that Africa can reach its full potential.”
Also, in recognition of his immense contribution to human capital development in Africa through the establishment of businesses across the African continent, a United States of America based Organization, Africa-America Institute (AAI) has honoured Dangote with the “2016 African Business Leader Award.”
The business guru was named and presented the award at a colourful ceremony held on the side-line of the United Nations Congress held in New York city, United States alongside other prominent Africans like Stephen Hayes, President and CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), who won the AAI ‘2016 U.S. Business Leader Award’; and Sunil Benimadhu, Executive Director of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM), who won the AAI ‘2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award.’
Dangote said he was humbled by the award considering the pedigree of the award which celebrates African achievement at the global stage and promised that he would not be deterred by the current economic challenges in Nigeria but would intensify the expansion of his businesses across Africa