Aliko Dangote's early days in Lagos
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Billionaires - March 22, 2021

Watch Africa’s Richest Man, Aliko Dangote, Reminisce about his early Days in Lagos

A rare video has surfaced online which showed Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, reminiscing about the ‘good ole days’ when he first moved to Lagos. Note that it is very unusual for the billionaire businessman to talk about his personal life.

In the nearly 2-minutes video, Dangote could be seen recalling when exactly he first moved to Nigeria’s commercial capital in January 1978. Back then, he lived with an Uncle of his in Ikoyi for about eight months and according to him, life was great. He used to go partying/clubbing in Eko Hotels & Suites (back when the hotel was still new), and also the Federal Palace Hotel.

By September 1978 (which was eight months after he first began staying with his uncle in Ikoyi), young Dangote moved to his own place in Surulere. He would then live there for about four years until 1982. He said he equally enjoyed his time in Surulere and had even met a lot of his present-day closest friends during the time he lived there.

By the way, by 1980, Dangote had already opened his own office in Apapa. That same company laid the foundation for what is now a conglomerate with a group of companies playing heavily in various fields such as cement, sugar and until most recently, flour.

In 1987, Aliko Dangote bought a land in Victoria Island where he built his first house. He moved in there in 1990 and said it has been so incredible since then.

“It’s been so great. Our business has actually grown. I don’t know what percentage it is. But we have actually grow from a little ant to a great elephant. So, my living here in Lagos has actually been a tremendous blessing by the Almighty God. And Lagos too has grown because when I came here, I remember most of the time I only used my car on weekends. Normally, I would use motorbikes because it was easier to move with motorbikes especially for we that we used to work in Apapa. I mean, it’s been great. I think the transformation in Lagos in the last 39 years from a smaller Lagos to a much bigger Lagos. My dream of Lagos now is for it to become like New York with all those skyscrapers. It will happen. I think we just have to keep the work going. I wish Lagos all the very best,” Dangote said.

Watch the video below.

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