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March 12, 2008

Meet Africa's first Black Billionaire

Writing about web page http://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/10/billionaires08_Aliko-Dangote_64RI.html

Aliko Dnagote

His name is Aliko Dangote, and yes he is a born and breed Nigerian industrialist whose net worth according to Forbes is an estimated $3.3bn which stemmed from seed capital borrowed from his uncle.

And no, he is not a corrupted government official or former head of state; he is a pure capitalist business man that slowly built his empire over 25 years.

His name again.....Aliko Dangote

His empire includes the number one sugar production company in Nigeria & West Africa, a cement factory, refineries, real estate, petroleum distribution, agriculture and food production that includes a virtual monopoly on the production of pasta in Nigeria.

His was ranked #334 in Forbes World's Billionaires list.

I think the Dangote Group corporate website is in need of a major overhaul, and should consult me if they any help sorting them out ;)

Another black African billionaire... 

Note that another black African by the name of Patrice Motsepe also made Forbe's list at #503 with an estimated net worth of $2.4bn. He is a self made South African Mining magnate and has a very impressive profile.


November 20, 2006

Its going to be a bad day, nigeria's got bad press (again)

Woke up this morning at about 6:30 and as usual switched unto BBC radio 4 to listen to the Today Show. After the major ramble about the poisoned russian ex-spy, news on Nigeria poped up – this time with regards to a Chatham House research about how Nigerian scams are costing the UK billions.
Then at about 9:30 this morning I was about to check my yahoo email account and decided to go through the yahoo uk home page and behold on the main homepage, the headlines read UK hit by Nigerian Fraud.

I know someone in the office is bound to stumble on one of these articles and raise the issue and I’m going to have to go on the defensive yet again saying that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision Nigeria, was set up to tackle these issues and has been quite successful in the last 3 years with a record number of fraud related convictions.

Although I am not in denial about the issue, I must say that the situation would have been alot worse & that it has been changing for the better since the EFCC was establishd. In my opinion catchy headlines sell! Why haven’t articles about the progress being made to combat corruption in Nigeria hit the headlines yet? I mean there have been articles like these:

Nigerian bank fraudsters guilty
Nigeria recovers ‘fraudster’ cash
Nigerians rap against fraud
Nigerian MP on fraud charges

They never seem to hit the home pages because they simply would not attract enough eyeballs & attention.

Simply my 5 cents on this….


November 17, 2006

pure african sound – 'Never Far Away' (you must see this one….pls)

Writing about web page http://www.lagbaja.com/

This chap is a Nigerian jazz/soul artiste – Lagbaja doing a duo with another Nigerian RnB Artiste Ego Ogbaro% The video is full of emotions with a balancing act from Ego’s divine soulful voice….I almost cried when i saw this one (sniff).
You’ve got to like the african ochestra & truly original video footage of a village setting in Western Nigeria. The video and sound uniquely complement each other. Please watch it and drop a comment cheers.


November 15, 2006

Another Hollywood in Africa Flick – Last King of Scotland

This is going to be an uber interesting movie to see – Last King of Scotland. It’s another “Africa meets Hollywood” production that I’m sure will meet the standards of likes of Hotel Rwanada and Lord of War.

The Plot

In an incredible twist of fate, a Scottish doctor (James McAvoy) on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world’s most barbaric figures: Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). Impressed by Dr. Garrigan’s brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin’s savagery – and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive. I premieres on the 27th of November.


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