Nigeria is one of the most populated and largest countries in
the African continent. The country prides itself in having some of the most
hardworking and richest men in Africa. In fact, some of the richest Nigerians
are considered to be among the richest men in the world. While there are many
Nigerians that should have been counted among the richest in the world, there
are a few who have made the Forbes list of the richest men in the world.

The primary reason is that companies like Bloomberg and Forbes
estimate the current wealth of individuals, and rank them according to the
value of shares they hold in companies listed on the stock exchange. In this
post, we have discussed 6 Richest Nigerians.

Aliko Dangote (Consumer

Alhaji Aliko Dangote is currently worth around $16.1 billion US
dollars. Aliko Dangote is considered to be the richest men in Nigeria, and even
Africa. Among the world’s richest men list, he stands on 43. Aliko was born on
10th April, 1957 in Kano, Nigeria. Before investing into consumer goods, Aliko
studied in Al-Azhar University, Cairo to receive his education. In the
University, he studied Business Studies.

Aliko Dangote is the CEO and Chairman of Dangote Group of
Companies. Among his many business interests include the field of mining,
steel, cement and petroleum. The company’s operations are spread throughout the
African continent, including Cameroon, Zambia, South Africa, Togo, Benin and
Ghana. There’s no doubt that Aliko Dangote will be one of the richest men in
Africa for years to come.

Mike Adenuga
(Telecoms/Oil and Gas)

According to his current wealth, Mike Adenuga is considered to
be the second richest man in Nigeria. He is considered to be the fifth richest
in Africa. Mike Adenuga is estimated to be worth around $4.7 billion US
dollars. According to reports, the Nigerian businessman was able to amass his
wealth from the oil industry and telecommunications sector.

Mike Adenuga founded the second largest telecommunications
company in Nigeria – Globacom. This cellular phone company has more than 24
million customers in Nigeria. Besides Nigeria, the company also operates in

Abdulsamad Rabiu
(Consumer Goods)

Abdulsamad Isyaku Rabiu is currently worth more than $670
million US dollars. According to a recent report released by Forbes, his net
worth might be more than $1.2 billion US dollars. Abdulsamad Rabiu was born in
Kano, Nigeria in 1928. He has always been one of the most prominent businessmen
in Africa. Rabiu was born in a business oriented family. His father taught him
everything about running a business. Even he was a successful businessman.
Besides being a businessman, his father was also a renowned religious scholar.

Abdulsamad Rabiu’s primary line of business involves trading in
various consumer goods and commodities, including rice, vegetable oil and
sugar. Currently, Rabiu acts as the chairman of BUA group. The company is also
involved in sugar refining, vegetable oil processing and flour milling.
Abdulsamad Rabiu is not only one of the richest Nigerians, but also one of the
most respected men in Africa.

Jim Ovia

Currently, Jim Ovia is estimated to be worth around $825
million US dollars. Jim Ovia is the founder of Zenith Bank. It is the second
largest business organization in Nigeria. The headquarters of the company are
located in Victoria Island, Nigeria. In addition to this, the Zenith Bank also
has branches in South Africa, Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and the United
Kingdom. Jim Ovia is considered to be the third richest men in Nigeria. Most
people consider him to be one of the most determined richest Nigerians.

Theophilus Danjuma (Oil
& Gas)

Theophilus Danjuma is believed to have a net worth of around
$600 million US dollars. Danjuma was born on 9th December, 1938 n Takum,
Nigeria. The hardworking multi millionaire started off as a low rank soldier.
He served in the Nigerian army. Besides serving as a soldier, Theophilus
Danjuma also ventured into politics. Under President Olusegun Obasanjo’s
leadership, Danjuma served as the Minister of Defense. Theophilus Danjuma is
the current Chairman of South Atlantic Petroleum – SAPETRO.

Folorunsho Alakija (Oil
& Gas)

Folorunsho Alakija’s net worth is around $2.7 billion US
dollars. Her journey to become one of the richest women in African started in
London. In the United Kingdom, she pursued fashion design and secretarial
studies. When she returned to Nigeria, she started working as an executive
secretary. It wasn’t long before she founded her tailoring company – Supreme

In the beginning, she had many famous clients, including Maryam
Babandiga. She was quickly becoming one of the most prominent women in
Nigeria’s high class society. She was quite close to Babandia, and it allowed
her to acquire the oil prospecting license. This granted her a lucrative
investment in the coastal waters.

She was able to set up Famfa Oil. Currently, the company own a
60% stake in the Nigerian oil field. It pumps around 200,000 barrels every day.
She has also been actively involved in charitable work and sch ventures.
Folorunsho Alakija is one of the few women to be among the richest Nigerians.

Just like other hardworking and determined people in the world,
even the richest Nigerians have some secrets to their success. Besides being
committed to amassing more wealth and uplifting communities, these people have
been true to their love toward Nigeria. This has been the most important secret
to their success. Their love for the country made them invest heavily in
Nigeria. These people had everything it takes to move their wealth elsewhere,
but they still chose to invest in Nigeria because of their dedication and commitment.

The love for Nigeria is so prevalent that Aliko Dangote even
advocated the need for business organizations and entrepreneurs to believe in
Nigeria. Instead of going to other countries, he encouraged people to invest in
Nigeria. It’s a simple concept that when you strike it rich in your own
country, it’s likely that you believe in the country.

It is important to understand that the richest Nigerians have
played a major role in the upliftment of various communities throughout the
country. These people are not only the richest people in the country, but have
also successfully imprinted their names on the sands of time. They have used
exceptional strategies, skills and talents to amass their wealth and respect in
the country. The richest Nigerians have always worked for the upliftment of the
country, and plan to continue the task in future.

Overview: The most popular Nigerian newspapers

Very many newspapers are published in Nigeria on a daily, weekly or monthly basis as print or online newspapers, or both. In this article, we will be interested in the most
popular newspapers in general i.e. online, offline or both. Below is a list of top 10 most popular Nigerian newspapers based on readership, scope and age among many
other factors.

10. Leadership Newspaper: The leadership newspaper is undoubtedly
one of the most popular newspapers in Nigeria. This can be attributed to the
fact that the newspaper is dedicating to defending the interest of Nigerians against
powerful businessmen and politicians. The newspaper has won many awards the most
notable being the Newspaper of the Year Award in 2009. The newspaper is owned
by the leadership Newspaper Group based in Abuja. The media group was formed
with an aim of promoting good governance as well as defending the interests of
Nigerians. To date, the Newspaper Group still holds those very same values dearly.

9. National Mirror Newspaper: This is another popular
newspaper in Nigeria. The National Mirror Newspaper is available online and offline.
The newspaper is owned by Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim; a billionaire businessman
and lawyer. Barrister acquired the
newspaper in 2008 with the aim of transforming the paper into one of the best
newspapers in Nigeria. Looking back, Barrister achieved just that. The
National Mirror Newspaper is among the few Nigerian newspapers printed via a decentralized
printing system. The newspaper is printed in 6 different geopolitical zones in
Nigeria making the newspaper available to the people earlier than any other newspaper
in Nigeria.

8. The Guardian Newspaper: The Guardian Newspaper is also
among the most popular newspapers in Nigeria. The newspaper derives its popularity
from many things the most notable being its scope i.e. reporting
trustworthy/accurate up-to-date information on politics and business. The
Guardian Newspaper is undoubtedly one of the most trusted newspapers in regards
to conservative news reporting. The newspaper’s slogan is; conscience nurtured
by truth.

7. Nigeria Tribune Newspaper: The Nigerian Tribune newspaper
derives most of its popularity from age considering the newspaper dates back
over six decades (established in 1949). The newspaper is the oldest private Nigerian
newspaper. Chief Obafemi Awolowo started the newspaper with focus on
the needs/interests of the common Nigerian. The newspaper is among the most
credible newspapers from a Nigerian masses perspective.

6. THISDAY Newspaper: THISDAY newspaper dates back to 1995. The newspaper was first sold in Nigerian news stands on 22nd January 1995. The newspaper’s focus was on reporting
business and politics. Over the years,
the newspaper has won very many awards the most notable being the Newspaper of
the Year Award. The newspaper is also
credited for being the 1st Nigerian newspaper to use full colour
paper printings. To date, THISDAY Newspaper
is still one of the most popular business and politics newspaper in Nigeria. The newspaper is also popular for being a pace setter in the Nigerian newspaper industry.

5. Sun News: Sun News also makes it to this list for being
widely read. The newspaper is published by Sun Publishing Limited.
Sun News was introduced in January 2003 as a periodic tabloid. Six months
latter (June 2003), the newspaper was officially converted into a daily
publication. In 2005, Sun News was fused with the Soccer star; one of the most
popular sports tabloids in Nigeria boosting the newspaper’s popularity immensely.
The newspaper has an impeccable reputation both online and offline which is
precisely why it is featured in this list.

4. Sahara Reporters: The Sahara Reporters makes it to this
list for being highly rated and extremely unique. The newspaper’s content is prepared
by international reporters as well as social advocates dedicated to reporting
news from a Nigerian and African perspective. All stakeholders of the Sahara Reporters
strongly believe in the freedom of opinion & expression which includes the
freedom to express opinions without any interference. The stakeholders also
believe in the right to receive and impart ideas and information through all
media channels regardless of frontiers. From the above information, it’s obvious
that the Sahara Reporters is among the most (if not the most) unique Nigerian
newspaper. There are very few newspapers in Nigeria prepared with such
commitment to seeking the truth. No wonder the newspaper is so popular.

3. The Nation Newspaper: The nation is another popular
Nigerian newspaper dedicated to publishing high quality credible information
which isn’t beholden to any private or public interest group. As the name suggests,
the Nation Newspaper’s loyalty lies with Nigerians. The newspaper was established with the
intention of providing Nigerians with information that is supposed to be free and
self governing in any democratic society. The newspaper’s scope is therefore one of the
main reasons why the newspaper is so popular.

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2. The Punch Newspaper: The Punch Newspaper makes it to the top
three spot in this list for being the most widely circulated paper in Nigeria.
Although the newspaper has a strong online presence, over 80,000 copies of the
Punch are published daily. The Punch was started by James Aboderin and Sam
Amuka. The two were friends when they started the paper. Aboderin is an
accountant while Amuka is a columnist & editor with Daily Time. The
newspaper has become extremely popular because it covers a wide range of issues
which interest most Nigerians. It is however worth noting that the newspaper’s
popularity hasn’t come without a price. For instance, the newspaper has been
targeted many times in the past by political interests during Nigeria’s
authoritarian military rule. All in all, the paper has managed to become one of
the oldest and most popular newspapers in Nigeria.

1. Vanguard Newspaper: The Vanguard Newspaper is undoubtedly
the most popular Nigerian newspaper in regards to scope and readership. For
instance, over 130,000 copies of the Vanguard are printed daily. The newspaper is also extremely popular
online. The first copy of the Vanguard Newspaper was printed on 3rd
June 1984. The newspaper’s intention was serving people through an unflinching commitment
to good governance, free enterprise and the rule of law. Three decades later,
the paper is the most popular in Nigeria statistically. Over 20,000 copies of
the Vanguard are circulated daily in Lagos. The paper is also popular in many
other cities in Nigeria i.e. Abuja where 12,000 copies are circulated daily. There
is therefore no doubt that the Vanguard is the most popular newspaper when you
look at the numbers.