Nigerian Dangote, 54, has a lot to teach African youth about entrepreneurship: according to a recent issue of prestigious US publication, Forbes Magazine, the self-made billionaire is now the richest man in Africa and the 51st richest person in the world – with a net worth of US $13.8 billion.
Starting with relatively humble beginnings in 1977 thanks to a loan from his wealthy uncle, Dangote has since built one of Africa’s largest conglomerates, employing more than 12,000 people. While cement remains the most prized jewel in his crown, Dangote’s sphere of influence now spans sugar, oil & gas, transportation, banking and textiles, exporting, importing, manufacturing, real-estate and philanthropy, among others.
Putting Dangote on the spot at Lagos’ Eko Hotel were Nigerian investment banker and MBA student J.G. Ayodele; Zimbabwean born US based Public Administration Masters student Farayi Chipungu; photographer Yomi Black from Lagos and Liberian singer Jerrilyn.
In each episode of MTV Base Meets…with MTN, African youth are given the opportunity to meet and question Africa’s political, cultural and business leaders. Among the interviewees involved in the series to date have been music legend Hugh Masekela, UK businessman Richard Branson, Nigerian media mogul Ben Murray Bruce, South African politician Julius Malema, Liberian President Madame Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
MTV Base Meets Aliko Dangote with MTN will be shown on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Thursday 1 September 2011 @ 18:30, Sunday 4 September 2011 @ 15:00 and Monday 5 September 2011 @ 16:00 CAT.
The final influencer still to come in the MTV Base Meets…with MTN series is R&B artist and philanthropist Alicia Keys (premiere Monday 5 September).