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.

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