Chairman of Dangote Group and Aliko Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has demonstrated his philanthropic abilities yet again as he recently donated the sum of $20 million to a global non-profit institution, the African Centre.
The donation was announced during the Future Africa Forum where Dangote was recognized for his unusual support and passion for Africa. The main hall of the African Centre, which is located in New York, United States, was named after him as it was tagged “The Africa Centre at Aliko Dangote Hall”.
How the funds will be deployed: According to the billionaire, the funds would be used to complete the second phase of the Africa Centre’s physical space so as to enable the Centre to accelerate its capital campaign, and further activate its public spaces and programming, as well as support ongoing operations.
He stated that the donation made through the Aliko Dangote Foundation is focused on supporting The Africa Center’s work in transforming global understanding of the continent and promoting partnership and collaboration between Africa and the rest of the world.
“The Africa Centre is showcasing Africa in a contemporary, multifaceted manner as a centre of innovation, growth, and limitless potential, which makes this project extremely important and worthy of support through my foundation.
“There is an opportunity to establish new narratives about Africa today, with its unrivaled mix of people, ideas, and resources, which are both its greatest strength and the basis for its tremendous, untapped promise. The connections The Africa Center will make between Africa, the United States, and the rest of the world, including members of the Diaspora, are needed more now than ever before,” said Dangote.
Following Dangote’s donation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also announced a new $5 million grant at the Future Africa Forum. The Gates Foundation grant is directed to the Centre’s capital campaign and for the development of its policy initiatives.
About the Africa Centre: Formerly known as Museum for African Art, the African Centre, which was founded in 1984, is a leading non-profit institution focused on challenging historical stereotype around the African continent. It is a hub for creating an intersection of African policy, business, and culture and recreating narratives about Africa’s economic and cultural significance today and into the future.