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Nigeria’s Alhaji Aliko Dangote is just one of those people who make starting and excelling in business look like child’s play.

This man who comes from nothing and made something of his life had been listed on the 2011 Forbes List of Billionaires. Aliko Dangote was named as the richest Black person in the world with a net worth of $13.8 billion, surpassing people such as South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe, U.S’s Oprah Winfrey *need I say more?!?!*. He began as a commodity trader and built his company into one of the world’s biggest conglomerates (Dangote Group).

The Dangote Group supplies commodities like cements, sugar, rice, spaghetti, flour cotton, cocoa, cashew nuts, sesame seeds, ginger, gum and imports fish globally *You name it, he in it*. Not only is he rich and excelling in his forte but is also generous in funding political parties, religious groups and cultural organizations in his home country of Nigeria. He’s into exporting, importing, manufacturing, real-estate and philanthropy and is the African continent’s biggest cement maker. Dangote has not only boosted his country’s economy but has also provided employment for other individuals worldwide.

Although he is highly praised for his business skills there’s some rumours of misconduct and unlawful dealings on his part *can’t comment much on that part but we’ll let you do the investigating and assessments for yourselves*. In November this year he was Nigeria’s second highest honor of Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON).

Dangote has proved that sometimes all you need is to take that leap of faith which for him, unlocked the doors to success. Just from the little funding he got from his grandfather he was able to start and grow his business *take note*. One does not have to attain a Harvard Business School Degree to be a business genius.  We can succeed in business if we are really hungry for the success just like with everything else in life. It will be the New Year pretty soon, so let’s get with it and make it a year where we finally make things happen for ourselves financially *ching ching*.

*Dangote is NOT an overnight success. He has worked hard, slept little (he sleeps from 2AM to 6AM) and paid his dues. He has worked both hard and smart. He has also trod on grounds that others would have feared to tread. He has indeed earned his way to being Africa’s richest man.

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