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Saturday, 10 March 2012

LIB Exclusive: Biography of Aliko Dangote unveiled in the US

The book is titled - Aliko Dangote: The biography of the richest black person in the world. And has been accepted for publication by a publishing company based in New York, USA will be released to the market in June, 2012. This is the first and only biography of this exceptional Nigerian, and African. Written by Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo and Margie Marie Neal.

Continue to read more about the book from the publishers and more about the authors...


                                                      
It is our pleasure to introduce to you the biography of the richest black person in the world, Aliko Mohammad Dangote.  We were in Nigeria for fourteen months for field work on this important book. We visited the ancient city of Kano in Northern Nigeria where Aliko was born, Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Wudil and other important places tracing the many paths of Aliko Dangote and his successful career as Nigeria’s foremost industrialist and Africa’s richest person.                                                                       

You will agree with us that the achievement of Mr. Dangote as the richest black person in the world, according to the New York-based Forbes magazine should be celebrated by all Africans and the black race. In the book, we traced the paternal family backgrounds of Mr. Dangote to four generations beginning with Mr. Alhassan Abdullah Dantata to Mr. Sanusi Dantata and Mrs. Mariya Dantata-Dangote and Aliko Dangote. We were able to secure rare photographs from the family album in Kano, including the paternal family of the richest black person in the world. Our narrative included the political circumstances that led to the death of Mr. Mohammad Dangote, Aliko’s father in 1965 and the unrest ignited by the removal of Mr. Mohammadu Sanusi, the Emir of Kano and the grandfather of Dr Lamido Sanusi, the current governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. We had rare interviews with many Nigerians in Kano on how young Aliko grew up in Kano and his formative years in the ancient city.                                    
              
Next, we followed Aliko Dangote’s journey to Lagos as a 15-year old young man under the business wing of the late Mr. Usman Amaka Dantata, Aliko’s uncle born in 1950 and the last born of his maternal grandfather, who was the younger brother of Aliko’s mother. We revealed how Aliko Dangote had his first break in the business world during the celebration of Festac’ 77 and the first business relationship with then 35-year old Lt-Gen Olusegun Obasanjo and the late Major-General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua. We unearthed the secret of Mr. Dagote’s wealth unknown to millions of people and his contribution to the economic development of Nigeria and Africa.  In our book, we present the “complete” Aliko Mohammad Dangote and his private life; the actual number of children he has, his wives and the many women in the life of the richest black person in the world. For the first time, we revealed the “secrets” of the business success of Aliko Mohammad Dangote and draw certain commonalities with other billionaires of the world. Our searchlight did not escape the philanthropic activities of Nigeria’s private employer of labor as well, including his political cum business connections with all Nigerian leaders, beginning with Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, Shehu Shagari, the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and the current Nigerian president, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan.    
                                                                                      
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE BOOK                                                                                                                            ALIKO MOHAMMAD DANGOTE                                                                                                                                    THE BIOGRAPHY OF THE RICHEST BLACK PERSON IN THE WORLD
“Like any other denouements of memoir books, the last chapter is the highlight. As a reader, the denouement always takes the heavier weight of a literary merit for memoirs and autobiographies. Also the book provided a comprehensive historical account of main events in Nigeria which made Mr. Dangote of what he is today. Excellent job! You managed to lead the chapters of seeing the different sides of the world of business to be fascinating yet a serious path toward success--- Ms Lou Fuentes, Publishing Consultant, Trafford Publishing Company, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
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“We here at the Northern Illinois University, African Students Association would be more than grateful  to have you come and present he book; “Aliko Mohammad Dangote, The Biography of the Richest Black Person in the World,” to us during our association’s week…”--- Mr. Michael Agyekum, President, African Students Association (2011-2012), Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois, USA.
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“Congratulations, we have completed our review of your work and you have been accepted as our approved authors---Mr. Tom Wallace, Acquisitions Manager, AEG Publishing Group, Houston, TX, USA.
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“A good book based on the preview we have just seen. Great job!--Ms. Shelley Sapyta Bookmasters, Inc. 30 Amberwood Parkway Ashland, OH, USA. 
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“The book on the richest black man in the world will be interesting. I am looking forward to someday reading the actual book… Warmest regards”---Ms Lorene A. Roberson, M.A. Media and Alumni Relations Coordinator, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA.
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“I am very happy to hear that you would like to share Mr.  Dangote's story with our community as well as assist us in accumulating funds to support our future events. … ACA would love to have you as a sponsor. .. We would include an ad for the book in our program and we could even give you an allocated time to speak in front of the crowd and promote the book yourself. Thank you, for reaching out to ACA. I hope we can work together…”Ms Chinwe Echeazu, President, African Cultural Association, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL USA.
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 “Dear Dr Fayemiwo, Thank you very much for considering Yankasa Association as a possible site for the signing of your book. Certainly Mr. Dangote needs to be celebrated by all Africans for his accomplishments…”---Mr. Mohammed Mardah, President Yankasa Association of New York, Inc Bronx, NY, USA.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
MOSHOOD ADEMOLA FAYEMIWO is a former publisher and editor-in-chief of popular Razor magazine and Evening News in Nigeria between 1992 and 1998. A former reporter with the defunct National Concord newspapers; senior reporter, The Herald newspaper, Ilorin; staff writer, with the defunct New breed magazine; staff writer, Sunday Champion newspapers; special project staff writer, the  defunct African Guardian; and senior special project writer/reporter, the  defunct Times Week (Daily Times).                                                                                
He is an alumnus of the University of Lagos, Nigeria (BA-Education); University of South Florida, and State University of New York (SUNY)-Albany where he earned an MA in Mass Communication, MS in Information Science and Combined MA Degree in African-American History & English Studies respectively His PhD is in Public Administration and Policy. He is the author of Who’s Who of Africans in USA and three other published books in the United States. He was contributing editor for The Informed Constituent newspaper in Albany, New York. He has written for newspapers in Tampa, St Petersburg in Florida, New York and has authored academic articles for scholarly journals in the United States and the UK.                                                                                                                                        
He is a member of several professional organizations. His latest work is co-author of the biography of President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria. He is a writer, author, commentator on local and international issues and a businessman. He is the managing director of Alternative Lifestyle Communication, Inc, and lives in Chicago in the United States of America.

MARGIE MARIE NEAL is a former university professor, an education consultant, and a reading coach/classroom teacher with the Chicago Area School System in Illinois, United States. A graduate of State University of New York (SUNY)-Brockport, where she earned her BS in History, MS in Reading from the  Chicago State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned her Ed.D –Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She was formerly, president, Chicago Area Reading Association and committee member, International Reading Association, United States. She is a member of several professional organizations on reading and educational development in Chicago, USA. She is the president of Alternative Lifestyle Communication Inc., Chicago, and lives in Chicago in the United States of America.

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now that's a really toned down, tasteful+non-crassy title for a bio!!! Reminds me of the Richest Man in Babylon.

Anonymous said...

Nawa o!
When will my own biography be written?

Anonymous said...

Thumbs up Linda for this piece.. Wish you the best in all you do.

kcee said...

keep doing Africa proud. I hope the book sells.

Anonymous said...

Yeah can't wait to read d book but I am willing to bet my last kobo that it'll gloss over the dirty sides of Dangote, the corruption, nepotism and misuse of power but hey what else can we expect from a proffessional ass-kisser (journalist)....not much evidently. Biased Biography, oya, I'm done talking ...#okbye

Anonymous said...

someone that killed the Nigerian stock mkt

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Wow! The richest black man in the world! Now this is Epic! Who said Nigeria is not bless?
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Glo latest cheat said...

This is going to be ma book of the year. And this young man has just re-written history!

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I have always wanted to read something about this man. Yeah every man has a story to tell, please linda we will keep an eye for the book. So keep us update.
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Oko Polytechnic said...

This book is going to make waves within my circle.

Laila Ikeji said...

This is one book i will pay anythin to read!! this guy inspires me!!!

Anonymous said...

Linda, u too like book jor! Novel,novel,novel! Make we hear word jare. Anyway, i 4 like to read d book sha, at least make i convince myself say dis alhaji na human being like all of us.

Anonymous said...

Crooked Hausa man who made billions from political favor by his northern compatriots.One of the people who spoil our Nigerian image abroad.
--Gbenga

Anonymous said...

Gud job! Well done! Buh 4get dah fin! Y didn't he write about boko haram? Or even GEJ? Y dangote? Becos he knws hw much he wld mk from dis. Anyways nyc concept. Frm HKE

KELE GOLDMIND said...

I think this will make a good read, ...it sonds awesome, ...Can't wait to see it!

Anonymous said...

They had better add the fact that he got rich suppressing others. I dislike this man to the extent that i dodge his product.

Any man that will trample on others to get to the top will be doomed for life

Onyinye Chukwu said...

Nice one! Watch out for my own soon. The autobiography of the first female president of the federal republic of Nigeria!

Anonymous said...

In ur dreams.

Anonymous said...

Nonsense..he's one of those bleeding naija dry...he's crooked and the impact of his business is not felt around the country..bet the whole book would be glossed over..to suit his yankee audience..lets see if he doesn'y cover up...how most of his investments were made possible from past military leaders...
Completely monopolizing and suppressing the cement industry and others cos of his connections..

Modupsy said...

I'm getting there....soon. God dey

Anonymous said...

This pomo man no dey freak м̣̇ε̲ jare. We all know his wealth is basically frm govt money & worst of it suppressing other players with his connection. I dnt xpect less frm a man with †ђξ sole right on almost every facet of d economy (monopoly) coupled with a start-up with govt money. No proper record, taxation zero. Abeg i knw d book will b packaged to get some of dose cash off him. Rubbish... Next pls
....Olusegun

NAIJA CUSTOM LOGOS said...

He doesn't even look like a millionaire

Fearless! said...

I disagree,"any man who will trample on others to get to the top is a shrewd business man"

ExcEpt he Does it to an extreme!

Fearless! said...

Why now?what's ur own???

Luffi's Memoirs said...

Put it in pdf and let us download....

Anonymous said...

Abeg wer dis man pikin dey reside. Make I take style go jog for their street.

Anonymous said...

yes oh put it on PDF so we can download, will not spend my pocket money on this crooked Hausa man, even though the writers are good judging from what i have read here...LInda biko post my comment.. btw it was his business that drove my father out of Eagle Cement, waka u hear

Nm said...

My future boss in JESUS name AMEN

YOUNG MONEY said...

i will enter the list soon,the first,young, African, Nigerian,black richest man in the world

Onyinye Chukwu said...

@anon y u want pour sand for my garri nah,haba! Lol

Anonymous said...

Abeg abeg abeg...whether he is a crook or a mean person it doesn't change d fact dat the book has been published...I just dey vex why they didn't mention my name small naw, I usually pass thru his house 4times a week...that's enough to be mentioned in his biography...

#Queeny!

Anonymous said...

Fearless, I get what you are saying abt being a shrewd business man, but that applies on a competitive level (when you both are competing on leveled ground) But when you take something that does not belong to you by force/supressing, then you have crossed the line.

This is exactly what he did. And if u feel thats right then you better stop complaining about the govt using their power to embezzle our moey

Str8FrmDaHips said...

@Fearless u must be out of touch with how things run in 9ja..this ain't Bill Gates(who tried but got hit in the pocket HARD!!)...he had a Popular software but made it dfficult for other products to work on his platform..
Dangote just another glorified thief..who invested his Oga's money wisely..impact on 9ja..ZERO!!

Str8FrmDaHips said...

@kcee...choosing my words carefully but that statement makes you sound quite dumb...seems you skipped way too many classes in school..

Sly said...

My verdict. 1st, lets mk it very clear DANGOTE IS FRM A VERY VERY RICH HOME.2nd,i dnt tink dea is any biznes man who ll nt do all he can 2 eliminate competion( even Gate did it,and trust me most of dis men on forbs list do it). 3rd,4 dangote 2 carve out a nich 4 himself is by no means easy fit,he stated as a rookie apprentice & 2day d rest is history. Even if gov't connectn leta came in,its stil nt easy 2 get dat 2( trust me pple lyk Roman abramovich do it 2). D point is,d man worked hard 4 it,bsides if he had wish he wunt even invest in 9ja lyk most big men do;bt 4 him 2 b d biggest private employer of labour,he deserve sme credit. Jst check out d company's site & c wht they hv bin doin. Get a lyf haters, WE 'LL OL DO SAME,EVEN WORST,IF GIVEN D CHANCE,dats human nature-we ol selfish. 4 d record,his pple dnt even lyk him,they c hm as a traitor who refuse 2 invest at home.

Anonymous said...

Abeg mak una free d crook joor. Moni na moni weda na blod moni o or na stolen moni or na witch moni o? Make una free dangote 4 me o. Abeg lindi baby text me im daughters number m i start m i own investment dia. Klintzman

Anonymous said...

Why are you guys so negative? At least he can be called the richest. Either here or there. He made his money.

What are you doing on here? Just being negative.

Anonymous said...

Ehen and so what if there is a book on dis rpgue...Aliko Dangote should be facing the legal system for importing contraband goods to this country worth bioolions of Naira and not paying Tax. His business structure can be likened to the method the Mafia drug lords use, I wont do an MBA that is based on his business model i f u gave me a billion Naira. He is the reason why a lot of smaller businesses had to close up. He just feasted on the spoils and neglect of the military era. Linda abeg!! why u dey help to legitimize this crook! Next story please

Anonymous said...

Dis man dey try sha, he produces virtually everything. But i nor like him spagetti, when u cook am e be like eba.

FortySeven said...

Ooooh!!! I'm actually drooling! Cant wait to get my hands on this book!!!

Str8FrmDaHips said...

He doesn't produce Jack!!..everything imported..is that the acumen of someone that should be given Medussa like status??..I used to think he was some genius too..the more u see the less you know..pure optical illusion!!

Anonymous said...

Lmao!guy/babe u funny o!see wia ya own wahala dey.no be only eba!lol

Queen Esta said...

Bad belle na u sabi

Anonymous said...

Proud to be hausa fulani. Its true the richest blacks of africa are fulanis/hausas. an ethnicity known in africa to be good businessmen

The Geeks said...

hi..Im college student, this article is very informative, thanks for sharing :)

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