Multi-Billionaire business mugul, Aliko Dangote has revealed that he is in dire need of a wife as he is not getting any younger at 61 years of age.
Making this revelation during a recent interview, the business inclined man who has been divorced twice and has three grown-up daughters, said that he is on the lookout and really searching for a new bride.
In his words;
“I’m not getting younger. Sixty years is no joke. But it doesn’t make sense to go out and get somebody if you don’t have the time. Right now, things are really, really very busy, because we have the refinery, we have the petrochemicals, we have the fertiliser, we have the gas pipeline.”
Still speaking with David Piling in a Financial Times interview, Lunch with FT, the Africa’s Richest man said that he actually needs to “calm down a bit”.
He also made some never revealed information about his like, dislikes as well as his daily routine which include;
FASTING AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
Despite having one of the biggest food chains in the country, he actually dedicates time( at least once a week) for the spiritual exercise. In his words;
“it helps to clean your system”.
TAKING MORE THAN 100 CALLS A DAY
As a result of his rather very busy schedule, it appears he can be referred to as Africa’s busiest, as he confirmed he takes over 100 calls per day.
Speaking of his relationship with Tony Blair, former British prime minister, Dangote says Blair only makes three calls per day. But he has to battle with scores, and tonnes of emails.
About his mails, he says:
“you try to be polite and reply but they come back to you with a longer email, not minding that here is a very, very busy person”.
“Look Aliko, the world is not going to fall apart if you don’t answer your phone,” Dangote says of his golden advise from Blair.
STILL OUT TO BUY ARSENAL
Dangote is not a man known to give up on his dreams, and his dreams about Arsenal Football Club will not be different, he reveals.
“I love Arsenal and I will definitely go for it,” he told FT, adding that the club should be worth about $2bn.
Speaking as the owner of the club, Dangote said he would involve himself in rebuilding the team — “chipping in my own advice”.
“When I buy it, I have to bring it up to the expectations of our supporters,” he said, stating that his refinery is priority now. “Once I have finished with that headache, I will take on football,” he concludes.
NIGERIA TO BE THE LARGEST EXPORTER OF PETROLEUM PRODUCT
The serial-entrepreneur says once his $12 billion refinery is done, Nigeria will for the first time in her history, become Africa’s biggest exporter of petroleum products.
“When we finish this project, for the first time in history Nigeria will be the largest exporter of petroleum products in Africa,” he said.
NIGERIA IS TOUGH; ONLY THE TOUGHEST SURVIVE
The man with the most amount of the money in Nigeria — officially — says only toughest of the tough survives in Africa’s largest economy.
Dangote say with his new refinery, he is out to make new enemies, stating that “you can’t just come and remove food from their table and think they’re just going to watch you doing it”.
“They will try all sorts of tricks. This is a very, very tough society. Only the toughest of the tough survive here”.
NIGERIA NEEDS DRACONIAN POLICY TO STOP MILK IMPORTATION
The Kano-born billionaire is not happy with Nigeria’s inability to produce what she eats, locally, and wants some hard policies to stop importation of some products.
“What Nigeria needs is to produce locally what we can produce locally. Nigeria still imports vegetable oil, which makes no sense. Nigeria still imports 4.9m tonnes of wheat, which does not make sense,” the $14-billion-man said.
“Nigeria still imports 97 or 98 per cent of the milk that we consume. The government needs to bring out a draconian policy to stop people importing milk, just like they did with cement.”