Africa’s richest,President of Dangote Group, Mr. Aliko Dangote, was, at the weekend, rated among the 100 most powerful people in the world by Forbes Magazine.
Aliko, the only black who made the list apart from President of the United States, Barack Obama, was listed at number 71 just above the top Republican Party contender for the US presidency, Donald Trump, who was listed at number 72.
President of Egypt, Abdel el-Sisi, was the only other African listed apart from Dangote and he was placed at number 49, under the defiant North Korean leader Kin Jong-un who was placed at number 46, while Igor Sechin of Rosneft and Ma Huateng were placed at 47 and 48 respectively.
The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, sat conspicuously on the number one spot followed by the Prime Minister of Germany, Angela Merkel, who made the number two spot, pushing Obama to an embarrassing third position.
The list had other powerful people like Pope Francis occupying the fourth position just under Obama, while the Chinese Prime Minister, Xi Jinping, was number five on the list.
The world’s richest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, were placed at number six and 13 respectively, while Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) placed 23rd on the list.