'Nigeria's own Donald Trump'

MTV Base, the music channel’s African subsidiary carried on satellite TV, have been making these upbeat video features, where a group of upwardly mobile young Africans–most based on the continent–interview leading businesspeople, entertainers and a few public representatives (I spotted Julius Malema and Paul Kagame in the series promo). At the same time the interviewers are also profiled. The videos come in at 20 minutes or so and are sponsored by cell phone company, MTN.

A few are online. The first is an interview with Nigerian business tycoon, Aliko Dangote, who has a reputed net worth of US$13.8 billion and is the 51st richest man in the world. The presenter hypes Dangote as “Nigeria’s own Donald Trump” which is odd since Trump is hardly a successful businessman.

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With musician Hugh Masekela (who, this time, does not show off his football skills):


And a 3rd with Nigerian business tycoon Ben Murray Bruce (cinemas, beauty competitions, television stations):

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H/T: Adaora Isichei

Further Reading

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Engaging seriously with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life could help us understand how South Africa got where it is and where it’s going.