The Group Vice President of the Dangote Group and the owner of Dansa Agro-allied Limited, Sani Dangote, is dead.

Sani, who is the younger brother to Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, was reported to have died at a hospital in the United States on Sunday evening after a protracted illness.

This disclosure is contained in a short statement released by the Dangote Group on Sunday midnight.

The short statement from Dangote Group reads, “INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAIHI RAJIUN. It is with a heavy heart but with total submission to Almighty Allah that we announce the passing on of our Group Vice President, Alhaji Sani Dangote today 14th November, 2021. May Allah SWT grant him mercy and admit him in aljannat al firdaus.’’

Before his death, Sani, who was reported to have been battling with ill health for several months, had investments in manufacturing, agriculture, banking and oil services.

He was well known for his role as the chairman of Dansa Holdings, a subsidiary of the Dangote Group that produces beverages, as well as owned Dansa Foods Limited, Dansa Energy, Sagas Energy Limited, Bulk Pack Services Limited, Dansa Agro Allied Limited, and Dangote Farms Limited.

What you should know

Sani Dangote bagged an undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He was a businessman with over 30 years’ experience in manufacturing, agriculture and oil services. He sat on the board of several other companies which included the Nigerian Textile Mills Plc, Nutra Sweet Limited, Gum Arabic Limited, Dangote Textile Mills Limited, Alsan Insurance Brokers, Dan-Hydro Company Limited, Dansa Food Processing Company Limited and Dangote Farms Limited.

He was also the Deputy Chairman of the African Gum Arabic Producers Association and a two-time President of Lagos Polo Club in addition to being a professional polo player.

He was also the Consul-General of the Romanian Embassy in Nigeria as well as member of several Chambers of Commerce, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Shipping of Nigeria and President of the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association (FERSAN).

For those who are close to him, he is an unassuming business man as well as publicity-shy. He was a dependable and close confidant of his elder brother, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.