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Most successful entrepreneurs in Nigeria


Rather than the wealth of these business people, we will discuss their influence on society and great entrepreneurial skills. Read further about successful entrepreneurs in Nigeria and their business, and get inspired by their willpower and leadership.

1. Aliko Dangote

He was born in 1957, and his birthplace was Kano State. In 1977, when he was only 20 years old, the young man started the business group called “Dangote Group”. He got a generous loan of N500,000 from his grandfather, Alhaji Sanusi Dantata.In 2013, Aliko Dangote was ranked as Africa’s richest man, as well as the world’s richest black man.

2. Mike Adenuga

Born in 1953, Mike Adenuga is the second richest Nigerian person and a multi-billionaire entrepreneur. He received his higher education in New York’s universities Northwestern Oklahoma State University and then Pace University. Currently, he is the second-wealthiest entrepreneur in Nigeria, giving the first place to Aliko Dangote. He is also the fifth richest man in Africa.

3. Femi Otedola

This entrepreneur, who is also a well-known philanthropist and oil magnate, was born in 1962 in Ibadan, Oyo State. He established companies in Nigeria and abroad. Some of his most prominent businesses are Forte Oil PLC, the fuel production importer which he is a chairman of, and Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd, which specializes in distribution and marketing. Femi Otedola is also a happy family man, and all of his four children are successful in their own different ways. For instance, his oldest daughter, Florence Otedola, is a famous musician, known under the name DJ Cuppy, and she is also a tourism ambassador of Nigeria. Temi Otedola, her younger sister, is a popular fashion blogger and an aspiring designer. The billionaire Femi Otedola did not just make a name for himself but has inspired his family to be just as successful as him.

4. Orji Uzor Kalu

He was a graduate of three universities: University of Maiduguri, Abia State University, and the prestigious Harvard University. Currently, the Chairman of SLOK Holding and the owner of Daily Sun Newspaper, the rich and famous Orji Uzor Kalu always knew that he wanted to be the best.

5. Jim Ovia

Famous for being a founder of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia, who was born in 1951, is an educated and powerful man. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern University in Louisiana, as well as a Master’s degree from the University of Louisiana in the same discipline. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School.



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