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Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by naptu2: 12:53pm On Dec 01
Alhaji Aminu Dantata has donated ₦50 million, 10 blocks of toilets and 5 boreholes to Girls Secondary School, Dala in order to enhance girl child education in the state. This was made known by the Kano State governor's special assistant on media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai (@Dawisu).

Alhaji Aminu Dantata, who was probably the richest person in Nigeria in the 1970s, is the son of legendary businessman, Alhaji Alhassan Dantata. He is the great uncle of the current richest man in Nigeria, Alhaji Aliko Dangote (Aminu Dantata's late brother, Sanusi Dantata, was Aliko Dangote's grandfather).

https://twitter.com/dawisu/status/1201082475595870208

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by naptu2: 12:54pm On Dec 01
naptu2: The Dantata/Dangote family have always been involved in charity work. However these deeds often go unnoticed, because of the family's principles of maintaining privacy and lack of flamboyance.

Al-Hassan Dantata was passionate about education. He backed the establishment of a western style school in the Dala area for hausa (I.e non-fulani) traders' children in the 1930s and established the Dantata english and arabic school in 1944.

Mariya Dangote (Aliko Dangote's mother) donated a hospital, which she built at Rijiya Lemu, to the Kano State Government in 2003.

Aliko Dangote has made the following charitable contributions:

2.5 billion naira to the national fund for flood victims in 2012. 430 million naira to Kogi flood victims. 100 million naira to Sokoto flood victims. $2 million to Pakistan's flood victims. 120 million naira to fight famine in Niger. 600 million naira to women empowerment and free school feeding schemes in Kano State. 500 student capacity hall at Kano State University. 10 million naira annual scholarship for Benue students. $2 million to African Young Leaders fellowship in conjunction with the Forum For Young Global Leaders. $1 million towards education and women empowerment in Tanzania. 1 billion naira to states suffering from the Boko Haram insurgency. 1,000 bed hospital in Kano. And many more

He established the Dangote Foundation which is the philanthropic arm of the dangote Group where yearly he spends millions for worthy causes such as contributions to educational and healthcare institutions, sinking of boreholes and giving of scholarships.

The Dangote Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have jointly pledged to donate huge sums of money towards the eradication of polio in Kano State.

He also established the Dangote Academy.







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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by naptu2: 12:54pm On Dec 01
naptu2:
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Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata


(May 1931-)

(Aliko Dangote’s granduncle)

Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata (CON) is a wealthy Nigerian businessman and philanthropist from Kano.

Alhaji Dantata was born in Kano to legendary businessman Alhassan Dantata and Amina Umma Zaria. He began his career in 1949 as a produce buyer in the family business of Alhassan Dantata and Sons Limited. After the death of his brother, Ahmadu Dantata, he became the principal heir to the Dantata family business. He became the Chairman and Managing Director of the company in 1960, a position he holds till date.

However, in the late 1960s, he worked with the newly created Kano State as a commissioner. He left in 1972 to partake in the nation’s industrial drive and was known to have bought shares in major companies including Mentholatum, Raleigh Industries, SCOA, Nigerian Pipes, Northern Nigeria Flour Mills and later, Kano State Oil Mills. During the period, the Dantata business expanded in the North, supplying fertilizer, jute bags, rice and cement to various state governments. It also expanded its importing ventures by bringing in building materials and automobiles, in the case of the latter; it was a distributor of Mercedes Benz cars in the country.

The business also invested in large scale farming, with holdings in Asada Farms. Alhaji Dantata was a member of the Steering Committee of the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank Limited, and served as a director of the bank between 1962 and 1966. He has led several trade missions to several countries across the world.

He was noted, together with Chief M.K.O Abiola, as being one of the wealthier Nigerians in the 1970s, 1980s & 1990s.

He is currently the Chancellor of Katsina Islamic University and the patron of the Kano State Foundation. The foundation engages in the provision of social services and credit to Kano State indigenes. He is also affiliated with Nigeria’s proposed Islamic Bank, Jaiz and earlier in his life with some Tijaniyya scholars, including Mohammed Kafanga. He was a former member of the Kano Provincial Loans Board.

Dr. Dantata has also held several public offices, including Chairman, Board of Trustees, Islamic Forum of Nigeria, Aminu Kano Memorial College, Kano. He is the proprietor, Dantata Memorial School, Kano; Life patron, Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Kano, National Council of Farmers and the Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industries among several others.

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by Aidejay(m): 12:59pm On Dec 01
He is the great uncle of the current richest man in Nigeria, Alhaji Aliko Dangote (Aminu Dantata's late brother, Sanusi Dantata, was Aliko Dangote's grandfather).
Oboy.. money runs in the family

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by Tellemall: 1:02pm On Dec 01
Wonderful.

I can only imagine what the principal will do with the 50M naira. It's not like money has not been donated to public bodies before. But yet, you get to see mediocrity. How do they manage these donations?

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by Randerl: 1:05pm On Dec 01
Naptu thanks for bringing this information to public knowledge.

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by naptu2: 1:18pm On Dec 01
Alhassan Dantata (the patriarch and creator of the family wealth)


Aminu Dantata


Sanusi Dantata (Dangote’s grandfather)


Abdulkadir Sanusi Dantata (Dangote’s uncle. He gave Dangote the loan with which he started his business)


Mariya Sanusi Dangote (nee Dantata). (Aliko Dangote’s mother)


Aliko Dangote


Tajudeen Aminu Dantata


Sayyu Dantata

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by Nobody: 1:30pm On Dec 01
The northern billionaires need to do more for northern Nigeria.

Selling my Hyundai car. Check my post for more details.

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by Officialgarri: 1:50pm On Dec 01
Someone please tag Reno Omokiri

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by princeking2(m): 1:50pm On Dec 01
Well done Sir.
Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by chibu4u2(m): 1:50pm On Dec 01
shocked
Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by bukkielee(m): 1:51pm On Dec 01
wow

Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by Miracle4Sure: 1:51pm On Dec 01
Lovely
Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by Renforce: 1:51pm On Dec 01
Nice one
Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by Bbbwings(m): 1:52pm On Dec 01
I have been smoking weed.

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by PhenomenalAustin: 1:52pm On Dec 01
Like for Dangote
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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by AlphaStyles(m): 1:53pm On Dec 01
Suffer e use money do good thing I will commend him
Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by naptu2: 1:53pm On Dec 01
Bbbwings:
Call me enemy of progress
I think that is a private school.
I have been smoking weed.

Government Girls Secondary School.

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by ceeroh(m): 1:53pm On Dec 01
A Female Kitchen Assistant and Waiter needed in a sports centre on Allen Avenue, Ikeja.

Interested candidates should reside within Opebi-Toyin-Allen axis.

Contact the number on my signature.

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by Fredlongs(m): 1:53pm On Dec 01
Old man wey get sense and concern for the educational sector... He should please advise Buhari on the importance of investing in education, especially in the north.
Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by Tulsaguy: 1:53pm On Dec 01
Reno is a bat guy. That 50m= Reno omokriminal effect.


Waoh... what an effect!


If u know u know...
Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by Aidejay(m): 1:54pm On Dec 01
Generational money no dey make noise
They quietly pass it down from one family member to another then to another
All this mompha, hushpuppi, nigerian celebrities show off is not going to last 20 years not to talk of 3 to 4 generations

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by easzypeaszy(m): 1:55pm On Dec 01
Abeg who get betnaija code...
My wife just born
Naming is here
Christmas is here
Lots of things to buy
I get 1k currently abeg anyone wt better code to win like 100M Mk he send me

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by rainmoredays(f): 1:55pm On Dec 01
Bbbwings:

I have been smoking weed.
na wao.

The picture of the students holding the cheque is not part of it..
Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by morikee(m): 1:57pm On Dec 01
Money family
Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by blowjohn(m): 1:58pm On Dec 01
naptu2:
Alhaji Aminu Dantata has donated ₦50 million, 10 blocks of toilets and 5 boreholes to Girls Secondary School, Dala in order to enhance girl child education in the state. This was made known by the Kano State governor's special assistant on media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai (@Dawisu).

Alhaji Aminu Dantata, who was probably the richest person in Nigeria in the 1970s, is the son of legendary businessman, Alhaji Alhassan Dantata. He is the great uncle of the current richest man in Nigeria, Alhaji Aliko Dangote (Aminu Dantata's late brother, Sanusi Dantata, was Aliko Dangote's grandfather).

https://twitter.com/dawisu/status/1201082475595870208



God bless his heart.
But what does a school need 5 boreholes for?
And 10 blocks of toilets? Cos my thinking is that the new toilets are not incorporated into the already existing structures but standing on their own.
Cos the other day in Kano, a filling station was commissioned with an outrageous number of. Toilets too(more than 20 I think)

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by GlorifiedTunde(m): 1:59pm On Dec 01
Nice gesture
Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by GlorifiedTunde(m): 2:00pm On Dec 01
Nice gesture, but he should rather use the 50 million to build something before it disappears!
Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by Nobody: 2:00pm On Dec 01
If you know one of this, your own don better.

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Re: Aminu Dantata Donates ₦50 Million, Toilets & Boreholes To School In Kano by naptu2: 2:06pm On Dec 01
naptu2:
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Alhaji Alhassan Dantata

(1877-Aug 17th 1955). The wealthiest man in West Africa.



Alhaji Alhassan Dantata was a Nigerian businessman who was the wealthiest man in West Africa at the time of his death.



Ancestors and Heritage

Dantata's father was Abdullahi, a man from the village of Danshayi, near Kano. Dantata was born in Bebeji in 1877, one of several children of Abdullahi and his wife, both of whom were traders and caravan leaders.

Bebeji was on the Kano to Gonja (now in northern Ghana) and Kano to Lagos routes. The people of Bebeji, at least those from the Zango (campsite) were great traders. Bebeji was considered a miniature Kano. There was a saying which went “If Kano has 10 kolas, Bebeji has 20 halves" or in Hausa: "Birni tana da goro goma, ke Bebeji kina da bari 20". The town attracted many people of different backgrounds in the 19th century, such as the Yorubas, Nupes, Agalawas, etc. It was controlled by the Sarki (chief) of Bebeji who was responsible for the protection of Kano from attack from the southwest.



Alhassan was born into an Agalawa trading family. His father was a wealthy trader and caravan leader; Madugu Abdullahi while his mother was also a trader of importance in her own right enjoying the title of Maduga - Amarya. Abdullahi, in his turn, was a son of another prosperous merchant, Baba Talatin. It was he who brought
the family from Katsina, probably at the beginning of the nineteenth century, following the death of his father, Ali.

Abdullahi already had a reputation of some wealth from his ventures with his father and therefore inherited his father’s position as a recognized and respected madugu. Like his father, he preferred the Nupe and Gonja routes. He specialized in the exchange of Kano dyed cloth, cattle, slaves and so on for the kola of the Akan forest. Surprisingly, he had added cowries brought to the coast by European traders to the items he carried back to Kano.



Abdullahi continued to operate from Madobi until 1877, one of our few fixed dates when having just set out for a journey to Gonja, his wife delivered in the Zango (campsite) of Bebeji. The child was a boy and after the usual seven days, he was named Alhassan. Abdullahi purchased a house in the town and left his nursing wife and child to await his return from Gonja. On his return, he decided to abandon Madobi and moved to Bebeji. Some say that the house that contains his tomb is still held by the family. The date of his death is unknown, but it was probably about 1885 when Alhassan was between seven and eight years of age. By then he had brothers and sisters – Shuaibu, Malam Jaji, Malam Bala, Malam Sidi and others.







Early life

The children were too young to succeed to their father’s position and to manage his considerable wealth. They all received their portion according to Islamic law. Maduga Amarya, like her mother in law, was a trader of wealth in her own right. Indeed she was known to be such a forceful character that nobody in the Zango would take her to wife. She therefore decided to leave the children in Bebeji, in the care of an old slave woman, while she moved to Accra where she became one of the wealthier Hausa traders.



The slave was known as "Tata" from which circumstance young Alhassan became known as Alhassan Dantata because of her role as his ‘mother’ (" Dantata" means "son of Tata”).

Alhassan was sent to a Qur'anic school (madrasah) in Bebeji and as his share of his father’s wealth (as so often happens), seemed to have vanished, he had to support himself. The life of the almajiri (Qur’anic student) is difficult, as he has to find food and clothing for himself and also for his malam (teacher) and at the same time read. Some simply beg while others seek paid work. Alhassan worked and even succeeded at the insistence of Tata in saving. His asusu, “money box” (a pottery vessel) purchased by Tata and set in the wall of the house can still be seen.



When he was about 15 years of age, Alhassan joined a Gonja bound caravan to see his mother. He purchased some items from Bebeji, sold half of them on the way and the rest in Accra. When he saw his mother, he was very delighted hoping she would allow him to live without doing any work since she was one of the wealthier local traders. After only a rest of one day, she took him to another malam and asked him to stay there until he was ready to return to Kano and he worked harder in Accra than he did in Bebeji. After the usual reading of the Qur’an, Alhassan Dantata had to go and beg for food for his malam, and himself. When he worked for money on Thursdays and Fridays, Alhassan Dantata would not be allowed to spend the money for himself alone, his malam always took the lion’s share (this is normal in Hausa society). After the visit, his mother sent him back to Bebeji where he continued his studies. Even though now a teenager, Tata continued to insist that he must save something everyday.





Upheavals and slavery

When he was still a teenager, great upheavals occurred in the Kano Emirate. This included the Kano Civil War (1893-1894) and the British invasion of the emirate. During the Kano Civil war, Alhassan and his brothers were captured and sold as slaves, but they were able to buy back their freedom and return to Bebeji shortly afterwards.



Business career

Alhassan remained in Bebeji until matters had settled down and the roads were secure, only then did he set out for Accra, by way of Ibadan and Lagos (Ikko) and then by sea to Accra and then to Kumasi, Sekondi and back to Lagos. Alhassan was one of the pioneers of this route. For several years, he carried his kola by sea, using steamers; to Lagos where he usually sold it to Kano bound merchants. By this time, he was relatively wealthy. In 1906, he began broadening his interests by trading in beads, necklaces, European cloth, etc. His mother, who had never remarried, died in Accra around 1908 and he thereafter generally restricted his operations to Lagos and Kano, although he continued to visit Accra.





Thus far in his career, with most of his fellow long distance traders, he continued to live in one of the towns some distance from Kano City, only visiting the Birni for business purposes. Before Alhassan settled in Kano permanently, he visited Kano City only occasionally to either purchase or sell his wares. He did not own a house there, but was satisfied with the accommodation given to him by his patoma (land lord.). It was during the time of the first British appointed Emir of Kano; Abbas (1903-1919) that Alhassan decided to establish a home in Kano. He purchased his first house in the Sarari area (an extension of Koki). At that time there were no houses from the house of Baban Jaki (at the end of Koki) up to Kofar Mazugal. In fact the area was called Sarari because it was empty and nobody wanted that land. Alhassan built his first house on that land and was able thereafter to extend it freely.





In 1912, when the Europeans started to show an interest in the export of groundnut, they contacted the already established Kano merchants through the Emir, Abbas and their chief agent, Adamu Jakada. Some established merchants of Kano like Umaru Sharubutu, Maikano Agogo and others were approached and accepted the offer.



Later in 1918, Alhassan was approached by the Niger Company to help purchase groundnuts for them. He was already familiar with the manner by which people made fortunes by buying cocoa for Europeans in the Gold Coast. He responded and participated in the enterprise with enthusiasm, he had several advantages over other Kano business men: he could speak some English because of his contact with the people on the coast, thus he could negotiate more directly with the European traders for better prices. He also had accumulated a large capital and unlike other established Kano merchants, had only a small family to maintain, as he was still a relatively young man. Alhassan had excellent financial management, was frugal and unostentatious. He knew some accounting and with the help of Alhaji Garba Maisikeli, his financial controller for 38 years, every kobo was accounted for every day. Not only that, Alhassan was hard working and always around to provide personal supervision of his workers. As soon as he entered the groundnut purchasing business, he came to dominate the field. In fact by 1922 he became the wealthiest businessman in Kano. Umaru Sharubutu and Maikano Agogo were relegated to the second and the third positions respectively. When the British Bank of West Africa was opened in Kano in 1929, he became the first Kano businessman to utilize a bank account when he deposited twenty camel loads of silver coins. Shortly before his death, he pointed to sixty “groundnut pyramids” in Kano and said, “These are all mine”.




Alhassan became the chief produce buyer especially of groundnuts for the Niger Company (later U.A.C). It is said that he used to purchase about half of all the nuts purchased by U.A.C in northern Nigeria. Because of this, he applied for a license to purchase and export groundnuts in 1940 just like the U.A.C. However, because of the great depression and the war situation, it was not granted. Even Saul Raccah lost his license to export and import about this time because he did not belong to the Association of West African Merchants. In 1953-4 he became a licensed buying agent (L.B.A) that is, a buyer who sells direct to the marketing board instead of to another firm. However, Alhassan had many business connections both in Nigeria and in other West African countries, particularly the Gold Coast. He dealt, not only in groundnuts, but also in other merchandise. He traded in cattle, kola, cloth, beads, precious stones, grains, rope and other things. His role in the purchase of kola nuts from forest areas of Nigeria for sale in the North was so great, that eventually whole “kola trains” from the Western Region were filled with his nuts alone.



When Alhassan finally settled in Kano, he maintained agents, mainly his relations, in other places. For instance Alhaji Bala, his brother, was sent to Lagos. Alhassan employed people, mainly Igbos and Yoruba's and the indigenous Hausas, as wage earners. They worked as clerks, drivers, and labourers. Some of his employees, especially the Hausas, stayed in his house. He was responsible for their marriage expenses. They did not pay rent and in fact, were regarded as members of his extended family. He sometimes provided official houses to some of his workers.



People’s opinion of Alhassan Dantata differed. To some people, he was a mutumin kirki (complete gentleman) who was highly disciplined and made money through hard work and honesty. He always served as an enemy to, or a breaker of hoarding. For instance, he would purchase items, especially grains, during the harvest time, when it was abundant at low prices. He would wait until the rainy season, (July or august) when there was limited supply in the markets or when grain merchants started to inflate prices. He then moved to fill the markets with his surplus grains and asked a price lower than the current price in the markets by between 50 – 70%. In this way, he forced down prices. His anti- hoarding activities did not stop at grains and other consumer goods, but even to such items as faifai, igiya, babarma (Mat), dyed cloth, shuni, potash, and so on. However on the other hand, according to information collected in Koki, Dala, Qul-qul, Madabo, Yan Maruci e.t.c Alhassan was viewed as a mugun mutum (wicked person). This was because some people expressed the view that Dantata undercut their prices simply to cripple his fellow merchants.



He founded, with other merchants (attajirai), the Kano Citizens’ Trading Company, for industrial undertakings. In 1949, he contributed property valued at ₤10,200 (ten thousand, two hundred pounds) to the proposed Kano citizens trading company for the establishment of the first indigenous textile mill in Northern Nigeria. Near the end of his life he was appointed a director of the Railway Corporation.





Real estate

He started to acquire urban land as early as 1917 in the non- European trading site (Syrian quarters) when he acquired two plots at an annual fee of ₤20. All his houses were occupied by his own people; relations, sons, servants, workers and so on. He never built a hotel for whatever purpose in his life and advised his children to do like wise. His numerous large warehouses in and around Kano metropolis were not for rent, rather he kept his own wares in them.





Business with women

Because of his Islamic beliefs, Alhassan never transacted business with a woman of whatever age. His wife, Hajiya Umma Zaria, (mother of Aminu) was his chief agent among the women folk. The women did not have to visit her house. She established agents all over Kano city and visited them in turn. When she visited her agents, it was the duty of the agents to ask what the women in the ward wanted. Amina Umma Zaria would then leave the items for them. All her agents were old married women and she warned her agents to desist from conducting business with newly wedded girls. Umma Zaria dealt in the smallest household items, which would cost 2.5 d to sophisticated jewels worth thousands of pounds.

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