Al Jazeera’s, Folly Bah Thibault meets Africa’s richest man and the richest black man in the world, Aliko Dangote. Personally worth some $25bn, the 23rd wealthiest man in the world according to Forbes, and from one of Nigeria’s most prominent families, Mr Dangote discusses business, politics, ethics and religion in an interview spanning 25 minutes.
Folly Bah Thibault, a French citizen of Guinean origin, is an excellent interviewer; polished, and very charming, asking very difficult questions about corruption, kick backs and the possible exploitation of political connections as well as the more gentle foray into the great man’s journey to leader of one of Africa’s largest corporations. She was not intimidated by his presence or the fact that she was in his house asking some pretty tough questions that could have made things very uncomfortable with a different type of person.
Dangote himself, is very polished as well, confident and does not even flinch when the difficult questions come in. This is what you expect of a CEO and prominent business leader open to the type of scrutiny expected with a possible London Stock Exchange listing in the future. I have had the privilege of having been in close proximity to several Fortune 500 CEOs and as you would expect, Dangote could easily be part of that elite club. This is the face of the new Africa.