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Most philanthropic Nigerians

Philanthropy is the intention of increasing the well-being of mankind, especially by charitable giving.

They have been many Nigerians that are to be philanthropic, not only Nigerians but to Africans as whole.

We take you through the list of most philanthropic Nigerians.

1 Alhaji Aliko Dangote:

Africa’s richest man and owner of Africa’s largest conglomerate, Aliko Dangote stated that he will only give a part of his money to charity.

However, that part of it –philanthropic spending of N30 billion ($185 million) within the last two years- is already the largest expense on charity either by an African individual or company.
And Dangote plans to do more; “I am going to try my best and give part of that money to charity. I am working hard on it… I think from this year, I personally want to take it (philanthropy) very seriously. I want to be much more aggressive than what we have had in the past, a statement from Dangote group quotes him as saying.

The statement by Dangote Group, which was released on Sunday disclosed, that the conglomerate has spent N30 billion ($185 million) in two years on philanthropic and humanitarian activities.

The group mentioned some of its charity programmes such as the Dangote Academy worth about N1 billion ($6 million), through it aims to develop manpower across various disciplines. The group also revealed that it spent N1 billion on the rehabilitation of some Nigerian universities, as part of its contribution to the educational sector.

Dangote also made the donation of N2.5 billion ($15.4 million), two years ago, to cushion the effect of flooding in Nigeria- the single highest donation by a private body in the history of Nigeria. N430 million ($2.8 million) was also given to flood victims, unemployed youths and women in Kogi State in the same year.

In Benue State Nigeria, the group disclosed that it, among other things, electrified 15 villages at the cost of N115 million. It also donated N100million to victims of Lagos flooding, another N100million to those in Sokoto and N60million to victims of flooding in Oyo State, two years ago.

Recently Dangote group also donated N540 million ($3.3 million) to vulnerable women as a result of insurgency in the North East of Nigeria as well as donating, two months ago, 12 trailer-load of relief items worth N40 million ($246,502) to support the government in bringing succour to victims of communal clash.

Dangote has also been involved in aiding foreign nations with $500,000 donated to victims of explosion in Republic of Congo; $2 million contributed for flood victims in Pakistan; and $740,500 to cushion the effect of famine in Niger Republic.

2 Tony Elumelu:

Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu (born 22 March 1963) is a Nigerian economist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, the
United Bank for Africa , Transcorp and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation. Elumelu holds the Nigerian national honours, the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) and Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR). He was recognised as one of "Africa's 20 Most Powerful People in 2012" by Forbes magazine.

Launched in 2015, The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme is the largest African philanthropic initiative devoted to entrepreneurship and represents our 10-year, $100 million commitment, to identify and empower 10,000 African entrepreneurs, create a million jobs, and add $10 billion in revenues to Africa’s economy.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) was founded in 2010 by Nigerian businessman
Tony O. Elumelu , and positioned as a 21st century catalytic philanthropy. As a primary driver of Africapitalism , the Foundation is committed to the economic transformation of Africa by enhancing the competitiveness and growth of the African private sector, through a push for entrepreneurship.

3 Akinwunmi Adeshina:

Akinwumi Adesina is the President of the African Development Bank. He previously served as Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Until his appointment as Minister in 2010, he was Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
In 2015, he was elected as the President of the African Development Bank. He was the first Nigerian to hold the post.

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development  Bank , became the sixth African to be awarded the World Food Prize in a ceremony witnessed by two former African  Presidents.

Elated Adesina said he will used the award prize money of $250,000 to set up a foundation for African youth development in Agriculture.

While thanking God for seeing  for taking this far in his chosen profession, he said “ it is simply amazing  that the son of ATQ poor farmer can be at the world stage receiving this award. I will dedicate my life to feeding the world.”

4 Rochas Okorocha:

Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha (born 22 September 1962) is a Nigerian businessman, education philanthropist and politician from Imo State, Nigeria who won the 6 May 2011 gubernatorial election in Imo State and was reelected for his second term on April 11, 2015. He is the founder of Rochas Foundation, a charity comprising a number of special schools that are spread all over Nigeria that gives scholarship to the less privileged children in the Nigerian society.

In his first attempt, he ran on the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) platform[1] and ran on the All Progressives Congress in his second shot. In both occasions, Rochas defeated his closest rival, incumbent governor Ikedi Ohakim and serving Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, by a close margin of votes and had to go for reruns.

Rochas Foundation is a non- governmental, non-profit and non-political organization, incorporated on the 24th of February 1998, with a firm commitment to serve humanity and build a credible future for Africa by ensuring every less privileged child has access to comprehensive and qualitative education.

Their Vision

To make education free and accessible to every less privileged African child, regardless of tribe, religion, or class.

Their Mission

To build a new Africa through Charity.

Their Dream

To build the first foundation tree growing out of Africa, providing educational shelter for the less privileged all over the world.

Why Rochas Foundation

Millions of African Children are not going to school due to poverty. Instead of the promise of a better future through education with all its attendant benefits, these children engage in street trading to help them and their families survive. The importance of giving these vulnerable children access to quality education therefore, need not be overemphasised as we believe that the best gift one can give to any child is education.

For these reasons, the Rochas foundation was established to take the children of the poorest of poor off the streets and open classroom doors to them for a better future.

The foundation's vision for education is COMPREHENSIVE and focuses on Africa's under privileged and vulnerable children. This however was propelled by the difficulties the founder faced in going to school as a child due to poverty. At Rochas Foundation, we believe in rehabilitating children by giving them access to free qualitative education, shelter, food and clothing, with counselling services for the abused amongst them, as we seek to rescue them from the damage that must have been done through illiteracy, ignorance and poverty.

5  Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola:
CFR (24 August 1937 – 7 July 1998)was a Nigerian Yoruba businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Yoruba Egba clan. MKO Abiola ran for the presidency in 1993, for which the election results were annulled by the preceding military president Ibrahim Babangida because of allegations that they were corrupt and unfair.

MKO Philanthropy

Moshood Abiola with H.E. Pankratiy, Metropolitan of Stara Zagora and head of the Department for Ecumenical relations of the Bulgarian Orthodox church
Moshood Abiola sprang to national and international prominence as a result of his philanthropic activities. The Congressional Black Caucus of the United States of America issued the following tribute to Moshood Abiola:

Because of this man, there is both cause for hope and certainty that the agony and protests of those who suffer injustice shall give way to peace and human dignity. The children of the world shall know the great work of this extraordinary leader and his fervent mission to right wrong, to do justice, and to serve mankind. The enemies which imperil the future of generations to come: poverty, ignorance, disease, hunger, and racism have each seen effects of the valiant work of Chief Abiola. Through him and others like him, never again will freedom rest in the domain of the few. We, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus salute him this day as a hero in the global pursuit to preserve the history and the legacy of the African diaspora.

From 1972 until his death Moshood Abiola had been conferred with 197 traditional titles by 68 different communities in Nigeria, in response to his having provided financial assistance in the construction of 63 secondary schools, 121 mosques and churches, 41 libraries, 21 water projects in 24 states of Nigeria, and he was grand patron to 149 societies or associations in Nigeria. In addition to his work in Nigeria, Moshood Abiola supported the Southern African Liberation movements from the 1970s, and he sponsored the campaign to win reparations for slavery and colonialism in Africa and the diaspora. He personally communicated with every African head of state, and every head of state in the black diaspora to ensure that Africans would speak with one voice on the issues.