Famous and Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote marked his 59th Birthday ceremony in a groundbreaking party, as the who’s who in the country flew into Edo State to celebrate the easy going entrepreneur par excellence and philanthropist.
The event like carnival which took place on Sunday 10th of April, 2016 at the Okpella Local Government of Edo State also witnessed the revolutionary launch of Okpella Cement plant which has the capacity of producing six million metric tons per annum (6.0MMTPA).
The two-in-one celebration was attended by Edo State Governor and wife, Adams and Laura Oshiomole, Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayide Fayemi, Minister for Trade and Investments, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah represented by Aisah Abubakar, former governor of Ekiti State, Niyi Adebayo, former governor of Ogun State; Olusegun Osoba, Femi Otedola, Nduka Obaigbena and ace broadcaster Bisi Olatilo.
Also in attendance were Okuokpellagbe of Okpella Kingdom, Dr. Andrew Dirisu, others royal fathers, top government officials, business moguls as wells as friends and associates grace the event to perceive the take off of Dangote's $1b investment as it transforms Okpella community as well the entire Edo state.
Born in 1957, Dangote an ethnic Muslim Hausa from Kano State, hails from a very prominent business family. He was the great grandson of Alhaji Alhassan Dantata, the richest African at the time of his death in 1955.
Dangote Group was established as a small trading firm in 1977 and today, it is a multi-trillion naira conglomerate with many of its operations in Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo. The company has expanded to cover food processing, cement manufacturing, and freight and also dominates the sugar market in Nigeria and is a major supplier to the country's soft drink companies, breweries, and confectioners. The Dangote Group has moved from being a trading company to being the largest industrial group in Nigeria including Dangote Sugar Refinery, Dangote Cement, and Dangote Flour.