- Nigerians Lead Forbes Black Billionaires List
Nigerians are the richest black people in the world as they top Forbes’ list of black billionaires, 2019.
Out of the 13 billionaires of black origin, Nigeria and USA topped the list with four billionaires apiece.
Britain, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada and Angola had one each on the list released on the 5th of March.
On top of the list is the richest black man alive, Aliko Dangote, from Nigeria with a net worth of $10.9 billion, according to Forbes. The figure is below the newly adjusted net worth of $16.6 billion by Bloomberg, suggesting Forbes is yet to adjust its figure for Dangote’s new fertilizer plant.
Mike Adenuga, the founder and executive chairman of Globalcom, came second with an estimated net worth of $9.1 billion.
Robert Smith, $5 billion, American
David Steward, $ 3 billion, American
Oprah Winfrey, $2.5 billion, American
Strive Masiyiwa, $2.4 billion, Zimbabwean
Isabel Dos Santos, $2.3 billion, Angolan
Patrice Motsepe, $2.3 billion, South African
Michael Jordan, $1.9 billion, American
Michael Lee-Chin, $1.9 billion, Canadian
Abdul Samad Rabiu, $1.6 billion, Nigeria
Folorunsho Alakija, $1.1 billion, Nigeria
Mohammed Ibrahim, $1.1 billion, British
Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa with almost 200 million people but about 87 million of that number lives in extreme poverty and that number, according to Brookings Institution, will rise to 152 million in 2050 when Nigeria’s population would have reached 429 million.
GDP per capita remained low at $1084 while economic growth has dropped in recent years from 6 per cent to 1.93 per cent after global oil glut that plunged oil prices eroded most of her foreign revenues.
The unemployment rate rose from 18.8 per cent in 2017 to 23.1 per cent in the third quarter of 2018, leaving 20.9 million people unemployed.
People have criticised the likes of Dangote for using political connections to amass wealth at the expense of the poor majority. Dangote that was named the sixth most charitable person in the world last year shrugged off that criticism each time, saying broad investment in the local economy will boost job creation and gradually ease poverty through improved economic activity.
Seplat Appoints Emeka Onwuka as CFO, Executive Director
Seplat Named Emeka Onwuka as CFO and Executive Director
Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc has appointed Mr. Emeka Onwuka as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Director of Seplat, effective from August 1, 2020.
In the statement signed by Mrs. Edith Onwuchekwa, Company Secretary and Chief Governance Compliance Officer, and released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Onwuka has more than 30 years of experience in financial services within Sub-Saharan Africa.
“He has acted as the voice and face of major financial institutions in Nigeria as former Group Managing Director /CEO of Diamond Bank Plc and former Chairman of Enterprise Bank Limited. Mr Onwuka is a Partner at Andersen Tax Nigeria and holds various Board positions as Chairman; FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited; Director FMDQ Holdings Limited; Director, Ecobank Nigeria Limited; and Director, Bharti Airtel Nigeria,” the Company stated.
“Mr Onwuka received his B.SC. in Political Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and holds an MBA from the University of Benin. He is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He has attended executive programs at the Lagos Business School, Wharton Business School and Harvard Business School.
“Mr. Onwuka holds the Nigerian National Honour, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). The Board of Seplat is confident that the wealth of knowledge and experience he brings will be a great addition to the Company.
“This announcement is being made in accordance with Rule 4 of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Amended Listing Rules.”
TAJBank Joins e-Commerce Giants- Launches Nigeria’s 1st Ethical Online Mall
TaJBank Launches Ethical Online Mall
Abuja Nigeria July 8th, 2020 Nigeria’s most innovative Non-Interest Bank, TAJBank, has announced the highly anticipated launch of TAJMall, the nation’s first ethical online shopping mall.
The highly anticipated launch of the e-commerce site, which held recently, is coming closely on the heels of the commencement of its Agency Banking Network which began in June across thirteen (13) states in the country.
To celebrate this milestone, the brand will be holding a week long TAJMall campaign from 6th – 11th July 2020 to sensitize and also reward its new customers to its platform.
“This is a great milestone as we present a fully customer focused e- commerce platform offering 100 percent authentic brands from highly vetted vendors. Our mission is to rebuild trust in the online shopping niche, hence the emphasis on our platform being an ethical shopping mall. We want to deliver on our promise and make this an enjoyable and safe experience not just for our customers, but also for our numerous trusted vendors as well,” said Founder/COO TAJBank, Hamid Joda.
“Our customers place absolute trust that goods will be delivered exactly as requested, and we do not take that trust lightly, he added.
The brand expressed commitment to continuously deploy technological tools on it’s new e- platform to maintain optimal customer service delivery and ensure shopping on TAJMall remains a productive and hassle free experience.
Customers who log onto the tajmall.ng platform (or download the app), will have the opportunity to enjoy massive price slashes, shopping coupons, free shipping and other incredible offers. The Bank also intends to offer financing to its customers who shop on the mall.
“Well beyond our exciting line up of activities, they are assured the highest level of value each time they make a purchase on TAJMall. Our marketing insights have shown that there is an increasing need to match the kind of variety in product offerings that customers yearn for with the exceptional shopping experience that may at times be lacking. We aim to make that an unmatched experience right from the moment our customers visit our mall to the receipt of their items,” affirmed Co-Founder/CMO, Mr Sherif Idi.
Customers shopping on TAJ Mall are guaranteed 100% authenticity, official warranties from the brands, and a 5 day return policy at no extra cost to the customer.
Warren Buffet to Give Out Another $2.9bn, Total Donations Now $37bn
Warren Buffet Gives Away $2.9bn, Total Donations Now $37bn
Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet, has announced his yearly charitable donations to the five philanthropies he picked to donate most of his fortune to.
The billionaire plans to give out 15.9 million class B shares of Berkshire Hathaway worth $2.9 billion to the five philanthropies. This will bring his total philanthropic donations to $37 billion since 2006.
Buffet, who has promised to give away about 99 percent of his fortune, still hold 248,734 Class A shares of Berkshire valued at around $67.5 billion.
However, before he began given out his shares, Oracle of Omaha held 474,998 Class A shares of Berkshire, which would have worth about $129 billion as of today.
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