- Dangote’s grandfather was one of the very first Nigerians to use a bank, according to an emerging old receipt
- Alhaji Alhassan Dantata opened an account and deposited it in Kano state
- His deposits were said to have been carried by camels
The grandfather of Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, was one of the first persons in the country to transact with a bank when they were established.
According to an old receipt shared on Twitter by Nigeria Stories, the businessman had made a deposit when the Bank of British (now First Bank) opened a branch in Kano state in 1929.
Alhaji Alhassan Dantata showcased great wealth even in the manner of his deposit at that time.
He deposited 20 camel loads of silver coins. The emerging information has sparked debate on social media as many argued back and forth in the comment section of the poster of the receipt,
@YOUNGYUPPIE22 reacted: “Where are both the motivational speakers and pastors that has lied to us about Dangote’s wealth? “They should better come and clear this out.”
@sidiq_elkanawi wrote: “In fact this man Alhaji Alhassan Dantata is Dangote’s Great grandfather, Dangote is 4th generation not 3rd generation in the family.”
@MrsUbuzor commented: “Okay. The Dantata my parents use as reference when they want to tell us that they can’t afford some demands as they’re not Dantata.”
@thesurrogate2 stated: “I schooled somebody last year, that Aliko Dangote was not from a poor background. A lot of these useful idiots have never heard of the Dantata family. Honestly, I knew him as Aliko Dantata, until I returned to Nigeria and was told he bears Aliko Dangote.”