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While the rest of us were on Twitter venting over the Central Bank of Nigeria’s recent implementation of its rather polarising cashless policy, Femi Otedola and some of his billionaire friends were hanging out somewhere nice and eating ice cream. It’s not just any kind of ice cream, by the way, it’s the Gelato kind of ice cream.

A clip shared by Femi Otedola on his personal Instagram page relieved the experience. He excitedly wrote in the description of the video that his good friend and Nigeria’s only known trillionaire, Aliko Dangote, has finally been caught by the “Gelato bug”.

Four other notable men (including Access Bank’s Herbert Wigwe) could be seen in the clip laughing heartedly while eating their ice creams. Femi Otedola recorded the video himself and was heard in the background laughing while saying “Gelato”.


Popularising Gelato: A few months ago, a large segment of the Nigerian population did not know what Gelato is. All it took to popularise the ice cream in Nigeria is for Femi Otedola and his celebrity daughter (DJ Cuppy) to release a video of the two of them eating Gelato. Since then, Gelato has become a subject matter for Nigerian pop culture, even as a popular song has been released based on Gelato. With this latest video courtesy of Mr Otedola, it doesn’t seem like Nigerians will be forgetting about this Italian ice cream anytime soon.

[READ: Dangote fulfills $50,000 pledge to Super Eagles for AFCON heroic]

In the meantime, let us quickly talk about the really nice bromance between Femi Otedola and Aliko Dangote. The two are very accomplished in their respective businesses. And despite their understandably busy schedules, they always make out time to occasionally hang out with each other. Good to see how they are occasionally joined by the likes of Herbert Wigwe, Tony Elumelu, and sometimes even Jim Ovia.

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What is even nicer is the fact that while they fly to some exotic locations to hang out and eat Gelato, their business empires keep thriving even as their fortunes keep accumulating.

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Zenith Bank’s Chairman, Jim Ovia, standing beside Aliko Dangote during an inspection tour of Dangote Refinery

Earlier today, Dangote Cement Plc traded at N155 while Access Bank Plc traded at N7.45 on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

[READ: Why Dangote thinks provision of consumer credit facility is necessary]

Emmanuel holds an MSc. in International Relations and a B.A in Philosophy & Logic, both from the University of Ibadan. He is a communications professional. As a Lead Business Analyst at Nairametrics, he focuses mostly on quoted companies, their products/services, and the economy in which they operate. Emmanuel is also experienced in the areas of corporate communication, brand communication, corporate storytelling, public relations, business research, management/strategy, etc. You may contact him via his email- emmanuel.abara@nairametrics.com.


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