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Visionaries - January 31, 2022

Africa’s Richest Person Aliko Dangote on Entrepreneurial Spirit

The argument usually arises, do you learn entrepreneurship or are you born with it. Whatever side you’re on, you can’t deny that entrepreneurship is a spirit. You’re either in the entrepreneurial spirit or not. Africa’s richest person, Aliko Dangote speaks fondly of his childhood and uses his endeavours at that young age to illustrate what it means to possess an entrepreneurial spirit.

He said, “I can remember when I was in primary school, I would go and buy cartons of sweets and I would start selling them just to make money. I was so interested in business, even at that time”.

A primary school boy couldn’t be looking out to build a conglomerate or could he? It’s all in the entrepreneurial spirit, that constant itch to provide value and grow wealth. It’s that drive that keeps you questioning any and everything, to find solutions that’s simply don’t meet the eye. 

A Peek into the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Aliko Dangote

Before Aliko became the world’s richest black person, he was knocking on doors uninvited, with a captivating value proposition. In July 2012, Dangote couldn’t overlook that there was an abandoned piece of land at the Apapa Port, so he approached the Nigerian Ports Authority and leased the land. He eventually built his flour company, Dangote Flour Mills there. 

In the same vein, Dangote approached the Central Bank of Nigeria with a cheaper way for the bank to manage their fleet of staff buses through his company. His proposal was approved. It’s all in the entrepreneurial spirit! See a problem and only find peace in solving it. 

If your dream is to provide value for the world and make millions along the way, then you need to ask yourself, “Do I have an entrepreneurial spirit?”

What is an Entrepreneurial Spirit?

Entrepreneurial spirit is a mix of qualities that define our attitude and how we deal with everyday challenges. It’s a way of thinking that challenges the status quo, seeks knowledge and progress, and welcomes challenges and possibilities.

READ ALSO: How Africa’s 2nd Richest Person, Johann Peter Rupert, Made His Billions

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