Nigeria produced a lot of wealthy people in the past whose names still pop up during conversation in recent times despite the fact that they lived in pre-independence Nigeria, and Legit.ng takes a look at some of them.
1. Candido Da Rocha (1860 – 1959)
He was said to have laid water pipes from Iju to Lagos Island, Yaba, Ebute Metta and other areas where there were high demand for pipe-borne water.
2. Alhassan Dantata (1877 –1955)
In 1929, Dantata deposited 20-camel-loads of silver coins in the newly opened Kano branch of Bank of West Africa.
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Dantata, who was born in 1877, traded in groundnuts, kola, cattle, clothes, beads, precious stones, grains, ropes and other merchandise across the region, The Punch reports.
3. Timothy Odutola (1902-1995)
Timothy Odutola was the first president of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN). He was reported to have established a multimillion-dollar business empire before Nigeria gained her independence.
4. Sir Mobolaji Bank-Anthony (1907 - 1991)
He was a former council president of the Lagos Stock Exchange. Sir Mobolaji Bank-Anthony was said to be a minority investor in Aero Contractors.
In 1931, he went into business, travelling to Germany and England to study how to make palm oil. He founded M. de Bank Brothers to trade in palm oil and patent medicine.
5. Sir Louis Odumegwu-Ojukwu (1908 -1966)
Louis Odumegwu-Ojukwu was said to have been the first Nigerian billionaire. He was the founding president of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Ojukwu was said to have made his fortune by importing dried fish, dealing in textiles, cement and transport.
Dangote tops list of 7 richest people in Africa
Legit.ng previously reported that Aliko Dangote topped the list of the seven richest people in Africa with a net worth of $12.1 billion (N4,608,527,000,000).
He founded Dangote Cement, the largest cement producer in Africa. The business mogul has a refinery that has been under construction since 2016 and is expected to be one of the world’s largest oil refineries once completed.
Dangote has been the richest person in Africa for many years.
Source: Legit.ng News