L-R: Oyo State Governor (Engr.) Seyi Makinde; Chairman of Occasions, Mrs. Ajoritsedere Awosika; President/Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), Aliko Dangote, with the Vanguard 2022 Personality of the Year Award; Publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Sam Amuka, Kwara State Governor Abdulrahaman Abduralhaman, at the Vanguard Newspapers 2022 Awards in Lagos Photo: Dangote Group

Honours: Dangote emerges Vanguard’s ‘Personality of the Year’

*The Management of Vanguard Newspapers, organisers of the event, describe Aliko Dangote, President/Chief Executive of Dangote Group, as a Nigerian who ‘has demonstrated more utilitarian determination and unmatched ambition in business’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For his utilitarian determination and unmatched ambition in the business world, the Management of Vanguard Newspapers at the weekend bestowed the honour of “Personality of the Year” Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President/Chief Executive of Dangote Group.

ConsumerConnect reports the news medium rolled out red carpet in celebration of men and women who have distinguished themselves as achievers of excellence in their various fields of endeavours.

Governors, Ministers, Heads of organisations and parastatals, captains of industry, and the creme de la creme of Nigeria were at the annual celebration of integrity, hard work, and service to the West African country, and mankind at large.

Dangote ‘represents Africa very well on global stage’

Justifying why Dangote topped other prominent Nigerians to emerge as the Personality of the Year, the newspaper group stated that: “No Nigerian today, has demonstrated more utilitarian determination and unmatched ambition in business than he has. “There is no individual referred to as President, whose persona dwarfs that of the presidents of many nations; yet, he is not the president of a nation.

“He has, and continues to represent Africa very well on the global stage.”

Vanguard further explained that for 11 consecutive years, the President of Dangote Group has been the richest man in Africa, according to both Forbes and Bloomberg.

It also noted that for him to be in charge of the largest conglomerate in West Africa, he must possess some skills, a high level of intellect, and a capacity to manage people and resources.

“The (business) group he founded currently has presence in 17 African countries, and is the market leader in cement on the continent.

“One of the group’s subsidiaries, Dangote Cement Plc, is the largest listed company in West Africa and the first Nigerian company to join the Forbes Global 2000 Companies list,” stated the event organisers.

Vanguard as well said: “The group has two other subsidiaries: Dangote Sugar Refinery and NASCON Allied Industries, both listed on the Nigerian Exchange Limited, NGX. “The Group is diversified and operates in major sectors of the Nigerian economy, including agriculture.

“Is it necessary to explain why Dangote was chosen as Vanguard’s personality of the year? Not necessarily, in light of contemporary achievements.”

The newspapers also answered “Yes, whereas there are those who may quickly insist and, therefore, say, his familial linkage to the Dantatas whose humongous wealth cannot be divorced from his achievements, there is a clear difference between latching on to the riches of others to grow and launching into an expanded universe with disruptive ideas that are, at once, unmatched and unique in content, context, and deliverables….”

It added: “In the spheres of commitment to serve, drive for excellence, utilitarian determination, philanthropic outreach to help, and contribution to national development, President Aliko Dangote deserves the honour of being named Vanguard’s Personality of the Year, 2022.”

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