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Did Aliko Dangote die? Rumors have it that Nigerian billionaire head of the Dangote Group already passed away.
The rumors and questions started when the German news site dw-tv3 reported his death on Sunday morning.
Since Aliko Dangote ranked 67th among the world’s richest people in the world, his passing is certainly big news. If true, how did he die?
The site claimed that Dangote died of a swift illness, which is vague at the very least. The news however, quickly spread, reaching Africa in no time.
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Dangote, probably knowing what his death will do to the people who know him all over the world, quickly took to his Twitter to debunk the news.
He announced that he is hearty and alive, and everyone should not believe these nasty about him. Meanwhile, Dangote’s lawyers are allegedly now planning to sue the German website, dw-tv3.com.
Death hoaxes are seemingly a trend these days, mostly targeting celebrities and political figures. Recently, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jaden Smith, Sylvester Stallone, and even Queen Elizabeth have became the victims of death hoaxes. The alarming thing about these hoaxes is that they came with viruses when unknowing readers clicked on the stories.
Aliko Dangote, born on April 10, 1957, belongs to a very prominent family, particularly well-known in the field of business. The great-grandson of Alhaji Alhassan Dantata, who was the richest African in 1955, Aliko was able to carve a name of his own in the field. His family business, The Dangote Group, started from a small trading firm back in 1977 and has expanded to become a multi-trillion Naira conglomerate. The conglomerate is engaged in the food processing, cement manufacturing and freight services.
His passing would have made a resounding splash if true, indeed. Fortunately, it is not and a result of some irresponsible reporting. However, he might be dealing with a bigger crisis right now.
Protesters have attacked and vandalised his cement factory in Oromiya, which is one of the nine ethnically based regional states of Ethiopia, as reported by Vanguard.