Saturday, Jan 2021
L-R: Executive Director, Dangote Industries Limited, Halima Aliko-Dangote; Wife of a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mrs Cherie Blair; a former Ethiopia Prime Minister, Mr Hailemariam Desalegn; President, Dangote Industries Limited, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; and Partner and Head of Management Consulting Practice, KPMG, Bisi Lamikanra, during the 2019 Women Corporate Directors conference by Dangote Group in Lagos..

Parents are always proud when their children make them proud, especially when such children are offshoots of industry giants like Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.

Little wonder, Alhaji Aliko Dagote, the billionaire owner of Dangote Group, grinned from all ears when one of his favourite daughters, Halima, brought him joy and unquantifiable satisfaction during the recently-held Women Corporate Directors Lecture, sponsored by the Aliko Dangote Group, at the instance of Halima. From hindsight, Aliko and his daughter, Halima, appear to share an uncommon bond and chemistry, and this is not to downplay other daughters of the quintessential billionaire industrialist. Halima, the Group Executive Director, Dangote Industries Limited, Halima Aliko Dangote, was able to bring to the event prominent women like the wife of former British Prime Minister, Cherie Blair, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, as guest speakers among others women directors across the globe, who savoured the apt theme of the lecture, “The Courage to Lead; Inspiring Others, Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Success.’’ Speaking poignantly at the event, Alhaji Aliko Dangote disclosed to the inspired audience that the idea of hosting and sponsoring the event was at the insistence of his daughter, Halima, and that after perusing her reasons for such venture, it dawned on him that if women were given similar opportunities in businesses and other climes, there won’t be the incessant cases of gender inequality and women have proved over time that they are up to the task.

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