It is not by spectacular achievements that man can be transformed, but by will. Ask Aliko Dangote. He is a humble man with the heart of a lion. Having done almost everything that is great in his prime, Dangote evolved as the poster icon to generations of Nigerian youths and even his arch rivals. This is why his friends and family are pulling all stops to celebrate him as he turns 60. Yes, the alpha merchant and magnate of uncommon repute will clock 60 in a few weeks and predictably, a lot of top socialites and fortune seekers are planning to be part of the event. Though Aliko is not known to be a party man. He does his stuff quietly. Whether Aliko will give in and accept a high octane dinner in honour or not, only time would tell. The story of his exquisite manhood resonates with a pleasant peal.
To his staff, family, friends, beneficiaries and other loved ones, his smiles have been their anchor, his shoulders their rampart of comfort. Dangote’s citizenship of humanity they claim, depicts his love of life and undying compassion for the needy and less privileged. Born on April 10, 1957 into a wealthy Muslim family in Kano state, he studied Business at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt and thereafter returned to Nigeria to borrow from his uncle, Sanusi Abdulkadir Dantata. The uncle (Dantata) eventually gave him a loan of N500,000 when he was just 21 years old to start his own business. The rest, as they say, is now history.