Dangote, who recently moved up 20 spots to become the 23rd richest person in the world, received his award on Thursday, December 4, 04 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The panel of judges which selected Dangote stated:
“Aliko Dangote is a lion of Africa in terms of business. He is second to none when it comes to investing in Africa, not just Nigeria,” the panel said.
“He is also a capitalist with a big heart. He puts his money where his mouth is and his foundation is a step forward for a man who wants to make a difference on the continent,” it added. Dangote earned the Forbes Africa rankings after years of hard work.
The billionaire was listed among notable nominees like author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Director-General of Nigeria’s Securities & Exchange Commission, Arunma Oteh but emerged the winner.
He dedicated his award to his country, Nigeria