I know I am getting old, when I met the grand fathers of those now in the News

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One knows when he (I) is getting old, when you know the grand father of the persons now in the News.


Feeding the poor and needy is an act that draws us closer to Allah. We earn His forgiveness, mercies and blessings through this act of charity.

“Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah?s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)

Alhaji Sanussi Dantata was the grand father of Aliko Dangote, Africa’s presently richest man. I was together with Alhaji Sanussi Dantata on the board of Directors of Panalpina World Transport Nigeria Ltd. (for him just a small investment, for me full time employment). We respected each other and Alhaji Sanussi Dantata was so kind as to accept my invitation to come to my residence for tea.

Alhaji Sanussi Dantata, with his private plane, during every Hajj time invited annually about 40 persons to go with him for Hajj… This besides many other philanthropic activities. He died in 1997. May his soul rest in peace.

Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote has been the richest man in Africa for ten years in a row, with a net worth of around $13 billion. Dangote’s fortune is primarily built from his company, Dangote Cement, although he started his business empire by selling commodities such as sugar, salt, and flour. Aliko Dangote is the grand son of Alhaji Sanussi Dantata, whom I like to call ‘my friend’.

Who Is Aliko Dangote? – Investopedia

https://www.investopedia.com › Personal Finance › Wealth

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Sanusi Dantata
Born c. 1919
Died 15 April 1997
Occupation Businessman

Sanusi Dantata (c. 1919 – 15 April 1997) was a Nigerian entrepreneur and son of Alhassan Dantata. He was a director of the Nigeria branch of Shell B.P. and founder of Sanusi Dantata and sons limited.


Business career[edit]

Dantata only completed four years of studies at Dala Elementary School before leaving because his father preferred a career in trading to Western education for his children. When he was 16 years old, he was given a share of his father’s cattle business, the purchase of cattle in the north and transport by rail to Lagos for sale. Thereafter, he added groundnut produce buying and transport and haulage as part of his enterprise. However, he was forced to sell much of the transport and cattle business by 1947 and later added on real estate. He was in the real estate and groundnut business when his father died in 1955. His father left a will to be shared among his nineteen children and three wives following Maliki law. Dantata’s share of cash from the will was over $12,000 but he was already wealthy by that time. He used the inheritance to revive his transport and lorry business.[1] In the 1960s, he was the largest licensed produce buying agent of groundnut in Nigeria. However, by 1980, he had relinquished some of his business interest to his sons, including the eldest, Abdulkadir Sanusi Dantata, who co-founded Dantata and Sawoe and Asada Farms.[2]

Dantata was also charitable, by 1963, he was spending about 40,000 pounds each year in credit to friends and the poor and provided funds to each of his children and in-laws.

The Dantata family operated their businesses partly through a patrimonial system of credit allocation, trade and business transfers to kin, household and others members of their clientage.[3] At one point in time, both Sanusi and his brother, Aminu controlled about 200 agents involved in buying Kola nut, Livestock, Groundnut and Merchandise. The system involved about five autonomous level of associates, agents, and farmers. Some members of this system engage in buying goods from restricted rural areas and transporting it to the city where another group of agents in the Urban area buys the goods and store them instead of Dantata. Also, the Dantata family through marriage and credit extension is linked with a few independent trading families in Kano and Northern Nigeria.[4]

He was also a personal friend of the Qadiriyya scholar, Ali Kumasi and supported some of the latter’s religious works in Kano. His support for Ali Kumasi led him into conflict with Nasiru Kabara, the leader of the Qadiriyya movement in Kano and West Africa and a former tutor of Sanusi. Both Kumasi and Dantata tried to promote an independent Qadiriyya scholarship and religious authority, challenging the leadership of Kabara. However, by the early 1970s, both men joined the Kabara faction of Kano Qadiriyya.[5]

source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanusi_Dantata

I knew Alhaji Sanussi Dantata as a very simple man. As he came often to Lagos from Kano he bought a simple ‘town house’ in Apapa. He could have well afforded a great mansion, but he said ‘just to sleep on my business trips I do not need anything more’.

see also. https://themuslimtimes.info/2017/08/20/glimpses-into-the-life-of-a-global-nomad-part-five/

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