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Africa's Richest Man Bids For Shell Nigerian Asset

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Africa’s Richest Man Bids For Shell Nigerian Asset: By: Mfonobong Nsehe: Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is planning to acquire a stake in a Nigerian gas field owned by Anglo-Dutch multinational energy giant Shell.

According to a report by Africa Intelligence, Dangote Industries submitted the highest bid for Shell’s stake in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 18 at an auction organized last year in the Niger Delta region. The financial details of the bid and the exact stake Dangote is looking to acquire are undisclosed.

Dangote, who made his $24 billion fortune trading cement, sugar and flour, has recently ramped up his efforts to boost his investments in Nigeria’s booming oil sector. While his largest and most publicized investment in the energy sector is a planned $9 billion private oil refinery in Nigeria, Dangote also owns minority stakes in a handful of oil exploration concerns, including a 9% stake in block 1 in the Joint Development Zone between Nigeria and Sao Tome, where Chevron is the operator. He also owns a 10% stake of block 3 in the JDZ.  Sources: By: Mfonobong Nsehe: Forbes, Nsehe a chronicle Africa’s success stories and track its richest people

Mfonobong Nsehe: I previously worked as a reporter for Business Daily, Kenya’s largest business newspaper. Now I travel across Africa, helping FORBES track the richest people on the continent and telling their stories. I also chronicle the stories of successful African enterprises and the entrepreneurs behind them.

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