Dangote Group: A trend-setter for Africa's leadership

Aliko Dangote’s ventures usually come hand-in-hand with investments in basic infrastructure such as roads and electricity supply, which benefit the local community.

After three and a half decades in operation, the Dangote Group has grown from a small trading business in Nigeria to become sub-Saharan Africa’s largest manufacturing conglomerate, emerging as a net economic contributor to all the countries in which it operates

Returning from Cairo with a business degree in the late 1970s, a young Aliko Dangote founded a small sugar and rice trading company in Nigeria. Few would have imagined that from those humble beginnings the Dangote Group would rise to become a multi-billion-naira company and one of the largest and most diversified private conglomerates in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with interests spanning sectors including manufacturing, food and beverages, real estate, energy and telecommunications. With operations in a dozen countries across Africa it is now stamping its footprint in other fast-growing economies outside of the continent.

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