Not many people know who the mother of Alhaji Aliko Dangote is. We can tell you. She is a respected businesswoman in Kano. In that ancient city everybody knows her. Hajiya Mariya Sunusi Dantata is the mother of Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, GCON. She is also the daughter of Kano’s famous richest man, who had unequalled business relations with European traders in colonial times. Equally, her grandfather, Alhaji Alhassan Dantata was an outstanding businessman, well known in the continent and beyond, in the ’80s.
The bond that exists between Aliko Dangote and his mother is second to none as he is always on frequent visits to Kano being the only son born to his father, Mohammed Dangote. Aliko Dangote’s father, Mohammed is one of the business associates of the Dantatas and that was where his parents paths crossed then giving birth to Aliko Dangote. So much love exists between the Dantatas that his mother’s brother who is an uncle to Aliko Dangote, Alhaji Abdulkadir Sanusi Dantata, gave Dangote a breakthrough with a loan which he started his business with.
Aliko’s philanthropic nature is a family thing especially from his mother’s side, (Dantatas) as they have recorded high scores in it, not only to Kano state but Nigeria as a whole.
Hajia Mariya Dantata is well known for her love for the less privileged and, in fact,many regard her as one of the matriarchs in Kano who is well respected.
She is unarguably a woman of substance, philanthropist per excellence and a mother whose compassion for many who have no biological ties to her is worthy of emulation. It will be surprising to see anyone who can rival her concern for the down-trodden, her capacity to empower those around her and the patience with which she exhibits her deeds of human upliftment.
The mother of the business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Hajia Marya Sanusi Dantata completed a multi-million naira juma’at mosque in Kano State not long ago and she also feeds an average of 5,000 people daily.
The Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II, who led the juma prayers commended Hajia Marya for the gesture and contributions to the Muslim Ummah, while praying Allah to reward her abundantly.”He said Hajia Marya is a great philanthropist that has been lending a helping hand in Kano State. Speaking to newsmen, the donor said she built the mosque for Allah’s sake and not for worldly reward, adding that she would not rest on her oars in supporting the poor.
Worshippers, who commended her, said Hajiya Marya’s charity works were not new to them as she had donated schools and hospitals in the past.
The statement added that it was due to her contributions to the society that the Bayero University, Kano, awarded her an honorary doctorate degree.She also donated a hospital, which she built at Rijiya Lemu, to the Kano State Government in 2003.
The Billionaire businesswoman, Dr Mariya Dangote, is the daughter of Sanusi Dantata and granddaughter of legendary businessman, Alhassan Dantata. She is married to Mohammed Dangote (a business associate of Alhassan Dantata) for whom she had Aliko Dangote, a multi-billionaire businessman. Her brother is Abdulkadir Sanusi Dantata, one of the founders of Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company and Asada Farms. She sits on the boards of numerous companies, including MRS Oil and Gas, Mentholatum Nigeria Limited and the Dangote group.
–TAYO FAJORIN OYEDIJI