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Africa’s Billionaires of 2010




It must be nice to be Ethiopian Self Made Billionaire, , Africa’s Richest man. His wealth grew by a billion despite the economic downturn. It is that time of year again and Forbes has put together a list of the World’s richest. On it are 11 Africans 4 from one family in Egypt, 4 from South Africa, 1 from Sudan, 1 from Nigeria and 1 from Ethiopia.

There was 1 new addition to the list this year, , son of Egyptian billionaire, whose other 2 sons are on the list as well. Nigeria did loose a billionaire this year, Femi Otedola who had a bitter disagreement with fellow billionaire last year. Despite some major challenges, Dangote still made it on the list as the 9th richest man in Africa.

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Africa’s Billionaires (No. 1)

  • Name: Mohammed Al Amoudi
  • Net Worth: 10 Billion
  • Origin: Ethiopia
  • Age: 65
  • Fortune: Self Made
  • Source: Oil
  • Education: N/A
    Forbes World Ranking 64

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Africa’s Billionaires (No. 2)

  • Name:
  • Net Worth: 5.9 Billion
  • Origin: Egypt
  • Age: 48
  • Fortune: Inherited and Growing
  • Source: Construction
  • Education: Bachelor of Science

Forbes World Ranking 127

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Africa’s Billionaires (No. 3)

  • Name:
  • Net Worth: 5 Billion
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Age: 65
  • Fortune: Inherited
  • Source: Metals and Mining
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science and Master of Arts

Forbes World Ranking 154

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Africa’s Billionaires (No. 4)

  • Name:
  • Net Worth: 5 Billion
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Age: 58
  • Fortune: Self Made
  • Source: Generic Drugs
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science; Medical Doctor

Forbes World Ranking 154


Africa’s Billionaires (No. 5)

  • Name: Onsi Sawiris
  • Net Worth: 3.1 Billion
  • Origin: Egypt
  • Age: 80
  • Fortune: Self Made
  • Source: Construction
  • Education: N/A

Forbes World Ranking 307

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Africa’s Billionaires (No. 6)

  • Name:
  • Net Worth: 2.5 Billion
  • Origin: Egypt
  • Age: 55
  • Fortune: Inherited
  • Source: Telecom
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science; Master of Science

Forbes World Ranking 374

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Africa’s Billionaires (No. 7)

  • Name:
  • Net Worth: 2.3 Billion
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Age: 59
  • Fortune: Inherited
  • Source: Luxury Goods
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science

Forbes World Ranking 421

Africa’s Billionaires (No. 8)

  • Name:
  • Net Worth: 2.3 Billion
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Age: 48
  • Fortune: Self Made
  • Source: Mining
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science; Doctor of Jurisprudence

Forbes World Ranking 421


Africa’s Billionaires (No. 9)

  • Name: Aliko Dangote
  • Net Worth: 2.1 Billion
  • Origin: Nigeria
  • Age: 52
  • Fortune: Inherited
  • Source: Sugar, Flour, Cement
  • Education: N/A

Forbes World Ranking 463

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Africa’s Billionaires (No. 10)

  • Name: Mohammed Ibrahim
  • Net Worth: 2.1 Billion
  • Origin: Sudan
  • Age: 64
  • Fortune: Self Made
  • Source: Communications
  • Education: Bachelor of Science/Electrical Engineering; Masters/Electrical Engineering

Forbes World Ranking 463

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Africa’s Billionaires (No. 11)

  • Name: Samih Sawiris
  • Net Worth: 1.5 Billion
  • Origin: Egypt
  • Age: 53
  • Fortune: Inherited
  • Source: Hotels
  • Education: Bachelor of Science/Electrical Engineering; Masters/Electrical Engineering

Forbes World Ranking 655

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  1. lwazI

    March 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm


  2. azangi

    March 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    wow that is great no cameroonian

  3. michael

    March 22, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Is Mohammed Al Amoudi really an Etiopian?I

  4. Isaac Nigeria

    March 22, 2010 at 7:51 am

    That’s nice.I am coming,count me in.

  5. sanele zwane

    March 27, 2010 at 5:08 am

    it is foolish to be a bilionair while other like you sleep sleep without. you keep on counting bilions for what because the treasure will be left here when you die

  6. Engr. Ezeoke David

    April 20, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Am very happy for the wealthy people like you all above.I pray to God Almighty to keep me alive and me so as to actualize my fulture plans and objectives. I trust my self and i belive that one day my name will enter as one the African richest man in the world.To god be the Glory.

  7. iyke

    April 21, 2010 at 7:16 am

    i am one of them in africa, don’t you know me, Iyke the richest man in Nigeria’ igbo land’ bone and brought up in London

  8. Judith F. Osei Tutu

    April 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    It’s nice for the world to see Africans on this Billionaires list. Now, if we can all help one another instead of tearing each other apart, peace.
    Bravo and Congratulations to the Bilionaires!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Tamaku

    May 2, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Nice to see, now spread the wealth 😉

  10. Taiwo Adegbola

    May 11, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    The blessings of God bring riches!

  11. john nitro

    May 21, 2010 at 11:56 am

    very soon i will be the world richest *muscian* & world record holder watch out

  12. john chuwa

    May 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    ok pls teach me how 2 make that *$dollars*

  13. youssou

    June 2, 2010 at 3:45 am

    i thank God that abacha and babangida and obasanjo name is not there,all the money which they stole from nigerian oil where is it?

  14. ziemmann omono

    June 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    hahaha is really nice to know all this billionaires. these are great people whose names need to be remembered . every one should try to work as hard as this people so that we can add up the names from africa.
    note should also be taken that cameroon alone has 31 billionaires and all are civil servants.
    we o not know yet know they make this money.

    i for one in the year 2020 my names will be here . watch out.

    ziemmann omono

  15. yonas

    June 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

    proud to be an ethiopian and u guys asking 4 the money 2 be spread work hard cos we have been so poor 4 years asking aid from people

  16. Job. Mwine

    June 24, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Am glad to witness Africans going placesand this continues to motivate me to work hard and achieve my dream…God bless Africa.

  17. Job. Mwine

    June 24, 2010 at 1:53 am

    we thank you for giving the light to the world that this Continent is not as poor as they consider us to be and you are motivation to us the upcoming leaders of this continent and to God the giver of wealth we thank you….From Uganda

  18. Ibrahim alfa

    June 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Keep it up nigerias one day we will get to the top!!!

  19. Habib

    June 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    7 muslims out of the 11

  20. ify

    July 1, 2010 at 10:40 am

    keep making us proud Dangote!!!

  21. Kam

    July 16, 2010 at 9:18 am

    with all their money… wounder why there are no pipes pumping in clean water to other parts of the country

  22. ronald

    July 24, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Wat use is it to be stinking rich if those smelling it don’t even have one meal a day. Why cant they give for the sake of giving not to escape huge taxes. To mahomed: wat of ur fellow country men dying in hunger.

  23. sowunmi kolawole nathaniel

    July 28, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free, If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.


    August 4, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    There is a big difference between the first African and the second in africa billionaire. THE MUSLIM GUY FROM ETHIOPIA HAS 10 Billion and

    THE LAST GUY WHICH IS ME HAVE $ 340 in my checking and $ 45 in my saving.


  25. Benjamin Ogugua

    August 5, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Billionaires are greediest human on earth..never dream of becoming one unless u are a greedy and unsatisfied human money is d root of all evils and all these billionaires are like small gods in their respective entities.. Love of god is service to humanity,oneness and equality.. None of these billionaires had won d respect Nelson madiba mandela has 2day without riches mandela is acknowledged and honoured by d U.N.. Viva madiba.

  26. Benjamin Ogugua

    August 5, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Honour people for their service to humanity and not for their wealth.. Human ought 2 give helping hands to others rather than suppressing them and emerging as superior human bcos of their wealth.. How many billionaires have two heads or four legs or even two private parts? None.. Being a billionaire is unhealthy,share ur wealth if u have too much and save souls.. Dont be a rich bastard..

  27. Francis

    August 6, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Thank God 4 de rich men he game africans.add my name in my own turn.

  28. paul

    August 12, 2010 at 8:32 am

    i am a boy proud of my self and i thank the almighty god for creating me bcos i have come to this world to help people and bcos of that i will be the number 1 billionaire if god want.praise god u billionaire bcos u are in your time.good luck sea money

  29. tatenda

    August 13, 2010 at 4:25 am

    am coming watch out i am the head

  30. moses choongo

    August 14, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    its amazing!have you stopped to look at the money sources for these bilionairs?minus the obvious oil dude,the rest are rather daily items…the day i structure my dcipline and goals id mke a fortune from anything!count me on da money,go ahead count zambia on da ligit list.

  31. Aubrey

    August 19, 2010 at 3:15 am

    I respect all the self made billonaires.All da best hope 1 day we will c an additional billionare from africa 2 add to the Saud Arabian bilionaire on the world to ten.Aubrey 4rm:SOuth Africa,um out!

  32. Isaac

    August 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Ghanaian mens do wild and search for money..In next 20years i would join the Africa most riches men.

  33. nector

    August 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Iam yet to be on the list.have hope

  34. Fugilata

    August 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Its Good to be counted as the numero uno world richest man by forbes, its good to be, a self made no 1 world richest man. Am just feeling the radience all over me.

  35. Fatomide

    August 24, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Capture me rolling, soon be on the cover page of African Vibes

  36. lord dre

    August 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    its nice to know but who knows what is one is upto when it will be time to say that i am one

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  37. Eugene

    August 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I wish to know how the classifcation of billionaires is done for there is no cameroonian for which to the best of my knowlegde (without calling names)there are billionaires in cameroon than those i have seen here.However, i am still to become one

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  38. A.B.Hamadikko

    August 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    wow its asuprise d 3 former Nigerian head of state are not in d list with all dis money they have stolen from our oil

  39. Simphiwe

    September 2, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Wow! Construction in Egypt is dominated source of wealth… Thanks to MOTSEPE for standing for black South Africans…. and Mohamed, isnt EThopia a poor country?

  40. Simphiwe

    September 2, 2010 at 12:56 am

    wow! Mohamed… isnt Ethopia a poor country?… but how can you be in top? THanks to Motsepe for being only Black South African…. AND construction is guided as source of wealth in Egypt…. WOW

  41. chris

    September 2, 2010 at 6:59 am

    am coming am going to make money bec god has said it


    September 3, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Withe little time my name will surely be included insha-Allah.To the rich men spend wisely

  43. Musonda

    September 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I need a mentor

  44. Onwa

    September 5, 2010 at 6:45 am


  45. miller matthew

    September 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    i am not bluffing, this list is for men like me, check next time forbes updates, i will be there, look at the name.

  46. Omotoso Olutola

    September 6, 2010 at 7:32 am

    I thank God for Aliko Dangote wealth. He has used his fortune to better the life of thousands of Nigerians and Africans as well. I wish u more properous business.

  47. Ayokunle ENMANUEL ABE

    September 8, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Hang on a little bit. I will meet you there.

  48. ojemu shadrack

    September 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    i am the next

  49. dnio

    September 12, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Its a pity that Africa Richest Man( Mohammed Al Amoudi) is from one of the Poorest Africa countries, of what use is the wealth of the Richest man, when his brother is dieing of hunger,sickness and proverty…if your wealth cannot impact the lifes of your fellow brothers and sisters you are as well as poor as they are…you are a FAILURE!!!!!


    September 14, 2010 at 1:59 am


  51. kofi Appiah-Menkah

    September 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    i’ll be there next ten years……is not an easy talk it needs hard work n determination…..God bless Ghana and the entire world…

  52. Ngoan

    September 17, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Don’t be haters ok? these people either worked hard for their money or inherited it. Whatever they do with it is nobody business…you want money? look for legal venues ,opportunities to make it to the top!!
    Trust me these people give a lot to their countries but unfortunately, the leaders mismanage the funds. You cannot blame them for it. Furthermore, Africans are tougher on their own countrymen mostly if the latter are rich since they always relate it to misappropriation of funds or illegal activities.
    Bear in mind that you have a lot of Africans who strive to truly emerge amongst the best. In that journey, they have to cross lot of barriers…which is not easy.
    Let’s just congratulate them and wish them the best!!!!

  53. emmanuel

    September 19, 2010 at 11:30 am

    there are other billionaires that i know are in nigeria bt dnt want to declare thier asset.
    by the way where `s the globacom chairman on the list? i knw this guy is stinkingly rich.that mallam me suya is not as rich as he is.
    less i forget,watchout for young money-emmanuel.i`m going to top the list soon

  54. Arab Money

    September 20, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Life is all about stages and oppurtunities.i dey come……………

  55. oumar

    September 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    waooo great but me watchaaa cos am about to raise the bar


    September 21, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Am very sure i will not be left out, tell them not to relent beacus i will soon meet them. by GOD grace

  57. Aisuegbehien Sunny

    September 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    The real billionaires/millionaires are the poor Africans who toil day and night to make a hand full FORBES richest.Their stollen wealth will be ours soon.

  58. edeh chinedu

    September 24, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    havin all dis large sum of money is senseless. So many pple r poor and can’t even afford 3square meal,while some r busy buildin wealth dat they r goin 2 leave behind very soon.pls share these monies and send mine 2my acc no…peace

  59. ritchie kenya

    September 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    i wonder where footballers take their cash.even in africa ppo lyke Eto’o,Kanu,Drogba n others can’t appear here,its so sad.somebody show them how 2 invest.let them make hay when the sun is shinning on them otherwise 2moro wil b 2 late.

  60. Lukman Ibn Shuaib

    September 28, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Insha allah, Self made wealth is what I want God to bless me with.

  61. maanda

    October 1, 2010 at 1:07 am

    i`m vry prd 2 be an african, I respect all the self made billonaires and not those who inherited frm their parents, but anyway its life, why Matome Maponya, Tim Tebeila not on the list.

  62. Philip Kujay Appiah

    October 1, 2010 at 2:08 am



    October 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Hey please be honest to your self and share the money to world because there is secret behind all this …… Mostly they made from hard drugs

  64. Anele Koos

    October 4, 2010 at 6:49 am

    This is not correct …I am also a billionair in South Africa but I am not mentioned on this..

  65. Uzowuru Alijeo

    October 7, 2010 at 1:08 am

    When u wish others that are success in life well,u wil surly be successful in all u do. I wish them well and wish to be like them.

  66. Mike

    October 11, 2010 at 8:29 am

    While money is essential to afford basic necessities in life, it does not absolutely guarantee true happiness in life. However, true happiness is derived from a life of contentment and pleasing God.

    Thus, any one who desires to be rich must do that genuinely without hurting or exploiting others. This is unsentimentally true because why should someone be on the run or hidding when his riches are genuine?

  67. abbul rashid said marsco

    October 11, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    watch out for Rashibingie coming on top of AFRICAN RICHEST

  68. fkay Mr.swaga

    October 11, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    A man without dream is a man without future so my future is being the richest in Africa to proof and to be proud of GHANA..

  69. pinkin for God

    October 15, 2010 at 4:22 am

    i am suprised that you did not put my name. i am very rich beyond control and my name is Pikin for God. make sure next time you put my name.

  70. habeebullah abdul

    October 15, 2010 at 5:57 am

    am stil comin to number 3!wait and c pple of nigeria

  71. Ugwuanyi onyekachi

    October 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Money is dangote with all his govt favours cant even make it to top five

  72. McSally

    October 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I’m happy for these men whom I beleive were wide awake when a lot of people were enjoying their sleep. I was happy to see that a nigerian is richer than some of my favorites, Donald Trump, Alan Sugar…I still want to see the Adenugas, the Otedolas on the list. Above all, I strongly look forward to seeing ME on the list. That – will happen. Long live Africa. To some of you who have made it to the list, please do more charity works and God will continue to increase your wealth.

  73. henry okeke

    October 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I thank God he still make men rich today as He did in Solomon.Though none of these richmen can be compared with that of Solomon’s glorious forbes. My prayer is may these men give God the glory as the source of their wealth and also help the poor around them and beyond.Money is not given for self alone because what you give out is your investment in God’s record. Giving is lifespan key.Thank God Africa can now be mentioned among the whites as rich people.

  74. Ogundowole oluwatosin kehinde

    October 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Can african citizen be the richest man in the world, i believe i would be in the future. Good luck to me.

  75. Gabriel Ezego

    October 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Well, there is a mistake somewhere, they forgot to put my name on the list. anyway watch out in the next coming list and you will see my name GABRIEL EZEGO. top No 3

  76. Antoine Toga Nimely

    October 19, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Halleluyah!!!!!!!!!!!! I m so so so happy for these men of valour. They all,except the heirs among them, have 1 thing in common they are aggressive hustlers. While I meditating I talk with Warren Buffet and Stanley Ho in the Metaphysical realm. Common men won’t undrstand wht this mean. I feed on inspirations frm men such as these. By actually contacting the Cosmic Energies of Chocmah, Binah, Netzach, and Hod unto the Malchut of any mortal soul,any1 can achieve same or more provided the one makes right move in the right place and at the right time because the Ein Sof is impartial. Right now I have more than 1.1Million Dollars n counting . It feels so HyperGood to be Rich. All my Thanks to the Ineffable EIN SOF. It is simple but not easy becuz the word ”easy” and ”simple” have two different meanings. My Love to the World. Curiousity and the right Knowledge furthers

  77. ajisefinni kolawole

    October 25, 2010 at 10:24 am


  78. Nutifafa Tamakloe

    October 26, 2010 at 7:53 am

    it is nice to know that Africans are in the list of the billionaires. i will be joining the list by 2020. i am working hard to achieve it. see me there soon.

  79. st iyke

    October 27, 2010 at 12:01 am

    dont pray to b a billioniar bcos all are very greedy,keepn money without thinkn about dangote avoilds competition in market by block all those who are doing similar deals like his so that he can be the only man on market by selln high prize to us

  80. Steve tamuka

    October 27, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Aint nothing wrong with being a billionaire!!its actually God’s idea of prosperity…how else can you show the world how big He is?besides Jesus said you will always have the poor amougst you so wats my billion bucks gotta do about great job 2 all the self made billionaires…where is Strive Masiiwa of the Econet wireless fame?

  81. moqomphothi

    October 29, 2010 at 1:06 am

    mr Nthane is coming. wait & c

  82. dayo

    October 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm


  83. pappy

    October 30, 2010 at 3:26 am


  84. Sir Reu

    November 1, 2010 at 6:27 am

    I doubt if Aliko Dangote is the richest Nigerian. Because i believe most of his investment are funded by fellow Nigerians. The wealth of some notable Nigerians are above $2.1 billion dollars. Mind u,i’m not including the bad guys,who have been stealing from the country’s treasury. To me,the “Bad Generals” are the richest dudes in Naija and other African countries alike!

  85. bashir

    November 4, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    micheal,,,, mohamed amuodi originaly is from yemen

  86. owen chakale

    November 6, 2010 at 2:27 am

    No Malawian waooh,i think we are poor.

  87. Dave

    November 6, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Great men of Ideas! Use ur wealth to bring peace to our dear continent, Africa. Watch ur back, my name is there.

  88. Adebayo

    November 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Be expecting my own whealth declearation coz very soon i will bust out………………………………………..


    November 11, 2010 at 3:21 am


  90. Samjnr

    November 12, 2010 at 2:29 am

    i thank God for the Billionaires, remember, they’s a least among you that is yet to be by all. What i believe is that God is the maker of Men, He will make known to my world.

  91. Ivan Louis Pinno

    November 14, 2010 at 1:24 am

    i wish them luck…

  92. PaulEk IV

    November 17, 2010 at 4:26 am

    This man claiming to be the world richest man, what a joke when most of Ethiopian are dieing of hunger. why cant he use his money/wealth to better the life of his country men? it makes me laugh?
    I give kudo to the family from Egypt (the 4 brothers). anyway I think i will be on the list next year ranking. watch out.
    Wow the world richest man goes to Carlos Slim.

  93. THEO

    November 18, 2010 at 5:32 am


  94. ultan nche

    November 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    its good but to think that there are no Cameroonians there defeats the purpose all together and in my opinion i think the statistics should be taken all over because i think that our Cameroonians ministers have been forgotten

  95. frayo

    November 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    this is intresting only one nigeriancan be found here in 9 position hmmmmm even am aboki for that matter where ar all this igbo big belle man that around showing ther ar rich and all that …this is to show we nigeria ar still growing ..i dont want to hear any one say we ar the gaint of africa again


    November 23, 2010 at 9:16 am


  97. bonu

    November 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    While I rejoice with the billionnaires, I’d like to remind us that it is God that gives us the power to make money and so all glory must go to God. Thanks.

  98. lanre mabogunje

    November 24, 2010 at 11:41 am

    only one person had been listed so far from Nigeria,which i disagree with.I would love to mention some people who are far richer than Aliko Dangote.They include:
    1.Chief Olusegun obasanjo
    2.General Ibrahim Babangida
    3.Alhaji Aminu Dantata & family

  99. Yahuza Andani

    November 25, 2010 at 9:55 am


  100. Emmanuel Quarshie

    November 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Its nice to see Africans been billionaires but we ought to aim higher because the sky is the limit these billionaires are supposed to help Africa develop and stop been selfish.

  101. Courage

    November 27, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Stupid Billionaires. Selfish people. The two nigerians listed, ask them if they have any foundation for the poor man. Dangote is expploiting Nigerians with his business. God bless Bill Gate, he spend millions annually just to help Africans why some greedy Africa richest men are busy stealling from their.

  102. Samson S

    November 29, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Talking about Ethiopia.. there is some thing that is kept in everyonse mind posted for long -the 1984 drought. But there were a lot worse times happened some where else in the world after that…. War had long been our enemy in our development. 2nd opulated country in Africa,, next to Nigeria.

    We still have to go a long way but are climbing up in a good way. Easy to tell about our status if one got the chance to be in Addis- Seat of AU. Everything u see is made by ourselves..not by any conial power…. Mohamed had also made some contributions for the delopment of his birth country….yet to argue about whether if it is as expected. ……..i hv bn in some parts of Africa for vacation and i am also currently some where in West Afrika -Lome and witnessed how much we progresed. Really proud to be an ethiopian. I could witness colonial powers left black spot to z black world….. Africans should wake up and stand by ourselves!!! Cheers!!!!!!

  103. Samson S.

    November 29, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Talking about Ethiopia.. there is some thing that is kept in everyonse mind posted for long -the 1984 drought. But there were a lot worse times happened some where else in the world after that…. War had long been our enemy in our development. Good to note that we are the 2nd in population size- in Africa,, next to Nigeria.

    We still have to go a long way but are moving forward fast. Easy to tell about our status if one got the chance to be in Addis- Seat of AU. Everything u see is made by ourselve’s..not by any conial power…. The self made Richest man in Africa-Mohamed had also a hand in the development of his birth country….yet to argue about whether if it is as expected. ……..i hv bn in some parts of Africa for vacation and i am also currently some where in West Afrika -Lome and witnessed how much we(Ethiopia) progressed. Really proud to be an Ethiopian. I could witness the black spot left to z black world….. Africans should wake up and stand by ourselves!!! It won’t be long that we see African’s in the top 10!!!!!

  104. Jeff

    November 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Whaaaaaaat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My name is not on the list?
    Please have it corrected immediately!

  105. my name is Numbers am a Nigerian

    November 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    The list of African or world Richest will not be complete if my name is not found among the first ten in the world and i am mandating forbes to ensure no cheatings when i come up because am coming real soon to declare my networth.

    Mine will be counted in trillions and i shall give loan to nations of the world in times of another economic meltdown.

    My riches are uncountable and i am sure to make it realllllllll soon. So you guys on the list already, pray for me and when i get there, i shall make you my friends and give you loans to get better and better… Thanks, am Numbers from Eastern region of Nigeria…. I am one and not two. peace to all and one love to all..

  106. ernest moses

    December 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    The real billionaires are those who serve as a bridge to reach the needy and poor in society. we thank the creator of the universe for the lives of these men and thank him as well for making them build great industries to better the lives of the people of Africa. God bless Africa.

  107. Iseoluwa Olukunle

    December 2, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Am so happy to be here.

  108. Chukwudi

    December 3, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I am so glad to witness this grate achievement africans are undergoing but you people have some things left that is rendering help in other to create room for motivation keep it up from flemzy.niger guy

  109. Kenneth

    December 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    In that list most of them have inherited fortune from their families,only few of them have made their own money thats why poor people will continue being poor and rich will always be rich and after they die they leave richness to their children!

  110. irene

    December 6, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I am an old age pensioner (white nogal). Grew up in an orphange, always been poor, but always did a decent days work. I get sick just reading about these so-called billionaires!! One should work for your daily bread and nobody, and I mean nobody ever worked that hard that they are entitlerd to that kind of money earned by the sweat of poor people!! Furthermore I am disgusted by some of them flaunting their wealth, living in obscenely big houses and extremely vulgar lifestyles!! No wonder the masses are up in arms. HOW CAN ANYBODY THAT BELIEVES IN A GOD FEEL GOOD ABOUT THIS? The poor suppressed blacks. But most of these billionaires are black!! How convenient to always blame others for their woes. I feel sorry for all the poor – white or black. Obviously you don’t have a conscience that is why you sleep well at nite. LET THEM EAT CAKE!!!


    December 7, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Africa’s Billionaires (No. 1)

    * Name: Mohammed Al Amoudi
    how are you Sir please please i need your help me i want to start a business and i dont have cash and also have orphan children am take care and i want to help them through my sweat please give me 250,000 dollar and within 2 years i will be able to return your money and i have faith that i return it thanks and may God bless you please a i always admire you because of your wealth thinking that one day i will be like you

  112. Thabani Hlongwa

    December 8, 2010 at 4:55 am

    I am very happy to see Africa people becoming billionaires. Africa is becoming better and better. These are great news. I am very happy for these guys. I want to be one of them one day. Although I don’t have a business now, I still working for some but I believe that all things are possible with those who believe. I have been trying to start one but lack of cash is standing on my way. I respect these guys because they give hope that in life you can become anything no matter where you are. I wish them more and more blessing. I love Africa and I love my country South Afrca.

    Thank you

  113. Cash Healer

    December 10, 2010 at 5:03 am

    In few years time.
    I will become the richest in africa.
    Believe me or not…just take note


  114. Kevin Okech

    December 10, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    fresh out of college on my way to top this list.


    December 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

    this is great. but not as rich as the richest one in the world

  116. Okaile Shomolekae

    December 11, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Patrice Motsepe- You are an inspiration. You are my dream. keep climbing.

  117. shina tomide

    December 13, 2010 at 2:43 am

    watch out for me very soon

  118. Jay diddy

    December 13, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Im cmin out biq watchout 4 me.

  119. waheed

    December 13, 2010 at 8:33 am

    i pray to be one of those billionaires in-sha Allah.Aliko help Nigerians.and those who have but there names was not mention,u know yourself & God know u.

  120. alex

    December 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I just wanna know how this people feel wen they know they got billions sumwhere in the bank,do they jump,get excited with themselves ya maybe they should b bcaus thyv made,bt wat happens wen suddenly comes an unhealthy skinny,abundant kid who has nt eaten 4 1 day,do u blame us elf 4 workin hard an getin ths rich,do u drown wit emptiness or do u gv back.
    South afric

  121. Whitelabel

    December 18, 2010 at 6:20 am

    The Lord that started with me will not leave me,
    It’s good to believe that not everybody will become billionaires,
    OR even a world record holder.
    But my prayers to God is to make me rich,comfortable and contented.
    NOTE; Even these billionaires will leave their billions some day?
    but d comment after their demise is WHAT? is important………….

  122. Giwa Barry

    December 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    2011/2012 Africa’s billionaires Giwa Barry Watch out

  123. akademy razak

    December 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    great men that are able to distinguish them self from other africans………………. i will soon join the list

  124. Eugene johnpaul

    January 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I think, that list is not correct. I still thank Almighty God, who gavth riches. May His Name be Praise.

  125. abel

    January 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    congratulations for AL-MOUDI

  126. alada

    January 7, 2011 at 10:28 am

    it is good to be rich but does their riches affect or have impact on thier fellow africa ,just like americans richmen who are donating thier wealth to charities thru organised foundation.

  127. lilybeth

    January 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

    i wish onsi sewiris

  128. true Talk

    January 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    the man in number one is not african, he is from saudi arabia

  129. gift ogueh okeoghene

    January 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Na me my time is not far away dose of u should follow closely

  130. Ibrahim Khalid Masud

    January 15, 2011 at 2:25 am

    It is really incredible Africans richest men
    am proud of u cos it isnt easy and hope u wiil make good use of the riches by helping the poor and etc………..

  131. rasheed

    January 15, 2011 at 4:21 am

    its good to know that Africa has these great men,they inspire and motivate us.The good thing about this is that I will get there and even overtake them because the only thing they have over me is time.So to these men I say meet you at the top as I begin to break and set new records.

  132. Ebenezer

    January 16, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Watch Out …Very soon I will also be there …


  133. ichie maka ego

    January 19, 2011 at 8:23 am

    do not cast but give thanks and glory to God 4 their own MAGA don pay and wait 4 your own miracle, cos its on the way.

  134. Sandile Dlamini

    January 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    it just a matter of time before my name is mentioned on the billionaires list

  135. Mungai

    January 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Dealing with oil and oil product seen to be the loophole of all the billionaires. I think from kenya i will be next 2012 billionare to appear.kudos billionaire.

  136. MECHE

    January 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm


  137. King Khumalo

    January 25, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I don’t think the survey was done accurately. Why? Because it cant be unless there be at least a single president from one republic like Zimbabwe. MUGABE is rich, no doubt. What about all the other political leaders?

  138. ozoemena nenis

    January 28, 2011 at 9:23 am

    helow nigerians,i thank GOd some bad people 4rm my country didn’t come up as de richest man,becoz de are criminals de stole our oil money look at them ugly thiefs holgans idiots.

  139. chikwete fisonga

    January 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I don’t see this as an accurate list coz it does not have seriours African tycoons like Mr. Mosses Katumbi of Congo DR. He owns T.P Mazembe football club. It also lacks names like Fredrick Titus Jacob Chiluba the former Zambian President.

  140. adeniyi

    January 29, 2011 at 3:38 am

    well its a good thing that god creat them for us but at lest they should try taxt them selves to help africans..africans have money but life is unbearable to most africans children.may god help us

  141. sam

    February 2, 2011 at 7:57 am

    It is not easy to be a man. I give Kudos to them. they challenge everyone to believe in themselve. May GOD help us to be GREATER than them someday……

  142. Ajibade Adebowale

    February 7, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Am coming soon,because my ministry will be established in nations,continents and planets

  143. lucky

    February 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

    leave the future to do it’s own work. my name mill appear in the next billionaire just watch out……………………………………

  144. job

    February 11, 2011 at 7:01 am

    no angolan in the list’ unbelievable

  145. anwer

    February 14, 2011 at 11:24 am

    i am really happy about ethiopian

  146. Thabang Kekae

    February 17, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I’ll definately Top the list soon! Much Love

  147. Tunde

    February 19, 2011 at 6:28 am

    mark my word people, i will be here one day inshal Allahu….

  148. ebere chukwu

    February 19, 2011 at 10:04 am


  149. mohammed

    February 22, 2011 at 3:36 am

    wow i am happy b/c no 1 richest man in africa is ethiopian i am lucky b/c i am ethiopian

  150. kenneth

    February 24, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Brilliant that we have a black south african on the list and he is “self-made”,

    Keep it up Patrice,,, you are an inspiration to many of us.

  151. Emmanuel Jackson Ogbenjuwa

    February 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

    As for me, They are Great Men which have inspired me…..By the Grace of God I will be like them some Day…..aiyt.

  152. Senge Dauda

    February 26, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Watch Out ! ! ! I will soon join them

  153. haruna gariel usman

    February 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    keep it up aliko dangote make us proud am comin there soon 2 rep.niga 4 life!!

  154. Kome

    February 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Much respect.

  155. james anye nka

    March 1, 2011 at 11:58 am


  156. Sanuth

    March 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Count me. I dey come ooo. I want collect money 4rm babalajo about 10m

  157. molope

    March 4, 2011 at 3:49 am

    props to the richest and to top it all he aint college educated… 1 thng thats alwys true is tht u only need 1 gud idea 2 make it thats ol

  158. jj-billionaire killer

    March 5, 2011 at 5:10 am

    can i freaking have just nje – 1 million dollar from sawiris or siwiris or swiss swiiss swisss

  159. Lateef

    March 8, 2011 at 3:36 am

    I corroborate the fact that billionaires are the greediest people on earth; especially in the case of my country(Nigeria).It is people like them that would not not make our railways function properly because they own all the trucks; they are the same ones that would put us in darkness just because they make heavy income from importing generators, these same people would not make our texile industry work because they are the sole importer of used clothes from abroad!! May God save us from the hands of the billionaires very soon.
    Sincerely, I don’t envy them at all just because millions are not benefitting from their ill-gotten wealth.

  160. john kirogo

    March 8, 2011 at 4:54 am

    am on my way to the top watch out men.

  161. ghislain shotsha

    March 8, 2011 at 5:23 am

    my name is ghislain shotsha i’m just suprising of the richests man from africa they got money but africa people still waiting help from overseas countries why?they can make big meeting then put money together to developpe africa but if they dies to day the barieds them with that money?only to be called “boss”but is not enough!they must all about africa our land we can not hope always the overseas countries there is war ,there hunger,there is hungry etc….god bless them for all they doing and selling our blood to get money.

  162. chima[nigeria]

    March 10, 2011 at 5:24 am

    only one nigerian,don’t u count stolen money?oh thats why otherwise we will occupy the top ten list.

  163. obim azuka linus(vilinazgc)

    March 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

    ana m abia…ebe onye oso ruru,onye ije ga eru ebe afu, gakwa nu ya…GBA M.

  164. Brown Ofoeme

    March 10, 2011 at 9:39 am

    My name is omitted. I should be included cos am rich in Christ Jesus

  165. Dayan Tembo

    March 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Congrats dangote last year No. 9 this year on top keep it up next year be among the american. No Zambian not even getting closer.

  166. njery

    March 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    waw! i’ll be on board so soon

  167. Alex

    March 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I Congratulated the billonires b/s i will be there soon.

  168. Nazee Naseedi

    March 15, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Keep on rocking our dear father Alhaji Aliko Dangote

  169. petronella

    March 18, 2011 at 7:21 am

    count me in ,i will join the list soon

  170. michael

    March 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    good for them,but if they are billonaires with out changin or affecting lifes on the street,if also they can not teach people on how to make it.mike,nigeria.

  171. Chris Osagie

    March 21, 2011 at 4:16 am

    They have all worked hard to become notable billionaires both those that are self made and those that inherited their wealth. My investment is growing rapidly and my wealth will soon be heard in all nations, i will soon be among the first 5 richest men on earth. Tanx!

  172. Bankole

    March 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Nigeria newspaper gave us info dat Dangote is d number 1 richest man in Africa. why Conflicting info?

  173. nzeribe leo

    March 23, 2011 at 1:18 am

    All should put in plenty of hard work and dedication for you to gain such feet or level
    We admire you guys cos we shall be learning from your good buiness ideas.
    Look forwaed to meeting any of you for further talks on the way forward.
    Keep it up

  174. Asiimwe Gideon

    March 23, 2011 at 6:22 am

    its good to have fobes in Africa but where are the Ugandans? are they not on the continent.weak up guys count me next 20 years. bye…………

  175. Mbongiseni Dlamini

    March 24, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Well done,u have made us proud as Afriacan’s may the Amighty God bless u as you are now seper roll models to all of us..

  176. Mbriggs

    March 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I wil be no.1 in our be it.insha Allah

  177. george morara akuma

    March 24, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    to bad no Kenyan makes the list.hope to make the list in the very near future so help me God

  178. Lindi

    March 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I’am one of the female billionaires pity my nam no on the list,

  179. david

    March 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    una dey make money abi, we others dey suffer aldo,u no send de oh but ur pikin wey u wan leave am 4 go misuse am,no matter wat,no b im work hard 4 d money,oh i forgot,how much u put 4 kanu heart oundation?u selfish,unscrupulous faggts. um um if u no wan die wickedly make u help the needy oh….infact wey ABACHA?

  180. Aypomping,am bi 9ja boy

    March 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    All can’t b a billionaire,if it is good4me also it’s gud4 9ja,cz nigeria start 4rm praya is dat,me and my family must have(1)cash in hand(2)live confortably(3)gud health&peace of mind.proudly Nigerian,no matter what

  181. hamdane

    April 1, 2011 at 5:01 am

    i just want to advice them to thank almighty god who made them what there are now by helping poor and needy people and who ever does so will surely rewarded and we can imagine how big gods reward are

  182. Godswill Abbey

    April 4, 2011 at 3:43 am

    its gud to have men lyk dis in dis continent,God has bless dem i pray dat God shuld bless me 1 day.

  183. Anangisye Mwamondwe

    April 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Am proud for these guys; representing Africa on the world billionaires’ list ‘working very hard with the hope of joining these guys in future! hahahaha! Business for real!’

  184. Dera

    April 10, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Very soon i wil b added as d youngest billon

  185. sabata

    April 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Me too,put me in 100 times meaning 100 billion

  186. panford acheampong

    April 18, 2011 at 2:17 am

    All these billionaires and what do we get as ordinary africans? POVERTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  187. maimuna

    April 19, 2011 at 1:15 am

    i like the same number of their families ie 3 children and below


    April 21, 2011 at 6:06 am


  189. given wilondja

    April 22, 2011 at 7:44 am

    glory to God,
    i am working undergroung on hiv vaccin, i ll be counted among my fellow billionaires soon once i am done

  190. Moses

    April 23, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Am a Ghanaian. And all am saying is the listing is not correct. Our brother the Nigerian , Mr Aliko Dangote is the richest man in Africa. dont argue. From the FORBES listing. Thank you. Ghana.

  191. Don Jee

    April 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    So happy to be a Nigerian,the giant of Africa and my brother Aliko Dangote,pray that God will grant us our heart desire.

  192. sabato Dennis

    May 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    it’s good to b rich in this world, one day i will b a very rich man too.God bless all the rich men in the world most especially in mama africa.i’m Liberian, living in Monrovia congotown.May God blessed us all to get rich.

  193. adebowale rasaq B

    May 5, 2011 at 4:35 am


  194. smooth

    May 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    being the richest man should not be measured by money but by giving out and making a change in others life.spread the love….

  195. smooth

    May 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    watch out another Ethiopian is rising to inducted in the billionaires club just at 32years of age he will make headlines sooner than you think….just give him a year or so,Ethiopia will have 2 billionaires next year.

  196. KUMBA MAN

    May 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    what about Paul Biya of Cameroon, who have stollen all sohnara money for more than 28 years

  197. GOMBA

    May 8, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Really proud of Dangote, at the rate he is going he’ll soon be among the first five.
    keep it up, Dan! and remember to carry others along, the more the merrier.
    Better for Nija to have twenty Billionairs on the list than to have one with the wealth of twenty. Will be joining you guys in a bit.

  198. skhumbuzo

    May 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

    i’l be the one in ten years time

  199. Fuduh-Fuduh

    May 12, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Give you less than 2 decades from now, and my surname will top the list. Watch out for my boys& girl filling up a thin gap that I left to reach the peak.

  200. Abeiku Okai

    May 31, 2011 at 12:55 am

    We should nt jxt drm of being part of d list bt also ask d story behind their wealth. They did nt achieve on silver platter. Even those who inherited have to struggle in maintenance of d wealth. Do u kip ur penny and do nt jxt spend? Do u hav mor than 1 financial outlet? Do u beliv n trust in ur God n urself? Then u ar already on d list jxt as I am.

  201. Ralp

    June 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    its jus a matter of time but one day it will be me on top position…

  202. ibrahim ahmed from ethiopia

    June 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    i wish them to be on top of the worled billionares list.

  203. ibrahim ahmed from ethiopia

    June 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    `i wish them to be on top of the worled’s billionaires list.but i recomend them to cntribute their effort in the endeaover threatning hunger in africa.

  204. Laide bello

    June 21, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Pls where do dey put mike Adenuga dt is almost beaten dangote in cash

  205. Jared Machogu

    June 23, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Surprised no Kenyan in this list. What sham

  206. Akansale ayela melvin

    June 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    The greatest richest man in Africa is the one that has Christ Jesus

  207. samuel anim

    June 24, 2011 at 4:31 am

    ei: so all these people are in africa, dont worry i will join them very soon so africa be expecting me it wont take long. i love everybody.

  208. George Karikari Apau

    June 27, 2011 at 8:12 am

    hmm nxt tyme u will see me on top

  209. Abdul shirar

    June 29, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    It is a great to have a wealth, but one should use his wealth in a matter that is helpful to the society and the continent as a whole. And if one believes God and The Hereafter he should not forget to pay 2.5% of their wealthy to the neediest people every year.

  210. amir

    July 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    go get updated cos your list is so wrong…!!!

  211. idris aloma

    July 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I do happy 4den ooooo, nd I also pray to allah I want to be counted as one of dem, but I never no were to start 4rm!!! Well I believe wit God things ar posible.

  212. Adeleke Emmanuel

    July 14, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Thank God for the life of Billonaires in Africa, but remember some African Country are still poor, i mean Poor..So learn from a person like Bill Gate.

  213. Desire

    July 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    It is sad that so many billionaires in AFRICA, and people are dying, women, men and children of hunger every day ! If they all work together,maybe many lives can be safed. They will lose nothing by trying.

  214. edwin ojogo

    July 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    thank you for doing us proud dangote

  215. Etienne Sukem

    July 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    i thank God for your success and inspiration
    I am one a cameroonian

  216. edwin

    August 1, 2011 at 8:11 am


  217. Goodman

    August 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    what dis list in d next 20years, you wil see Goodman Adi as d richest not just in africa bt d world. Watch me rise n shine. Godman

  218. Ethiopian

    August 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    The #1 is Ethiopian, haha, we ethiopian are so superior to mankind. Hey, lets not mention that we have the most growing economy in the world, now, 2011. People in the world, give us some time and we will be competing with around the globe.
    The reason we were in poverty and hunger is because at that time we did not have much knowledge of anything. Also in europe, france, 2/3 of the people died because of hunger, why?, the people were uneducated and couldn’t find a sulotion.

    We ethiopian are the father of human kind, we gave birth to all humans.
    So one day we shall not rule the world, but rather, be on the top of the world.

  219. Paulnelson

    August 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I thank God for the African billionaires. The world should watch me out because i’m coming up as soon as they think/

  220. Paulnelson

    August 25, 2011 at 1:45 am

    I thank God for the African billionaires. The world should check out for my name on list of the African billionaire soon

  221. Kalaless

    August 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    No kenyan in di list i will be there di next list i know my God will help

  222. yaredo

    October 4, 2011 at 6:54 am

    o ya ya ya!!!!!!!!Alamudin is an Ethiopian hero who works day and night.I hope I and he will make Ethiopia the richest African country.Proud to be citizen of the ever independent country,Ethiopia.

  223. Chris dingdong

    November 18, 2011 at 10:24 am

    In the time of Jesus not every crippled was healed,and not every dead man was brought back to life,save for few who strived,So all you guys cryin foul on how these BILLIONARES live amongst paupers can write your complains in a fullscap n shove them up your broke asses,it aint nobody’s fault that u broke!work hard suckaZ!

    Big up to the men wit Billis!

  224. Pslams

    December 5, 2011 at 7:02 am

    O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! God i wait for your promises

  225. Michael

    January 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I knw one day am going to be great! For me to get to the top i hav to walk hander and i cn see my future and my future is bright… Am comin ova there,i wi rich even mr dan then amen.

  226. Charles Manwgwaela

    May 9, 2012 at 3:42 am

    they forgot me by mistake on da list by net worth:0,00020 billion

  227. Pastor Breakthrough Uchenna

    December 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I am richer than this eleven people except any one among them that has Christ. If not . Christ in me, what makes me a trillonair. My account is bigger and continue to grow in Heaven, it will niether got rusted, stolen nor depreciated.

  228. kago mangina

    October 15, 2013 at 2:35 am

    kago mangina from Botswana……watch ama make dat money……10 billion euros……donate half to my people

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10 Must See Historic Sites In Ghana



Historic sites in Ghana are an important feature that tourist should not miss. Majority of them tell stories of oppression, survival, and ingenuity. Ghana is one of the most progressive countries in West Africa. Located along the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana is recognized globally for its unique cultures, particularly the Kente. Ghana also played a major role during the trans-Atlantic slave trade era. The Ghanaian government has done a good in preserving some of these historic monuments and relics. From monuments that are now part of UNESCO World Heritage sites to ancient tribes, Ghana has a lot of historic sites that bring up some strong emotions. If you love antiquities, plan to visit the following historic sites when you visit Ghana.

#1 – The Traditional Buildings of The Asante Kingdom

Asante buildings

The Ashanti Kingdom was a great force to reckon with in the 18th century and still remain influential to this day in Ghana. Their militaristic nature allowed them to control large areas with significant gold deposits. They ruled a vast area of present-day Ghana before the arrival of the Europeans in 1806. This historic site contains thirteen houses built by the Asante Kingdom. During the European reign, a significant number of the Asante buildings were destroyed. However, the surviving buildings are now cultural emblems. In 1980, they were recognized as one of the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ghana. These buildings consist of clay or mud walls and roofs made from woven palm branches. They have a geometrical design embellished with stylized animal emblems.

#2 – Jamestown Lighthouse

Jamestown Lighthouse

This historic town, Jamestown, is one of the two oldest districts in Accra. The second is Usshertown. As early as the 17th century, Jamestown already had communities. By the end of the 19th century, it already had heavy development. Jamestown remains useful today as a great fishing harbor. The area has witnessed a tremendous population growth over time. The most prominent structure of Jamestown is the lighthouse. The original structure is the handiwork of the British as early as 1871. However, the present structure came to be in the 1930s. The Jamestown lighthouse has an imposing height of 28 meters. From the summit, you will get a bird’s eye view of the Ussher Fort, the Bukom district, and the James Fort. Jamestown is today a popular tourist destination and one of the important historic sites in Ghana.

#3 – Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Region

Forts and Castles

This is the second UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ghana. These fortified trading posts were built between the 15th and 18th century. These magnificent buildings span about 500 km, sandwiched between the coast of Beyin in the west and Keta in the east. Over the century, the fort witnessed a succession of occupants including traders from Denmark, Britain, Germany, Holland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. Consequently, they played an important role in gold and slave trade. The Ghanaian forts are better preserved than other forts in the neighboring countries.  In 1979, UNESCO recognized this monument as a World Heritage Site.

#4 – Kakum National Park

Kakum National Park

This national park dates back to 1931 but it was not until 1992 that it became a national park. The park covers an area of 357 km sq. The major attraction of this park is the canopy walkway. This is the first of its kind in Africa. It is also one of the only three locations in the continent with a similar walkway of length up to 350 meters. The walkway links six gigantic trees and reaches a height of forty meters above the floor of the forest. Other features of the park include hardwood trees of heights up to 65m, medical plants, and the Sun Bird Trail. Majority of tourists want to have a feel of the walkway. Therefore, if you are planning to visit this park, arrive on time.

#5 – Paga Nania

Paga Nania

This is one of the historic sites in Ghana that attracts lots of visitors. The Ghana Tourist Board in 2008 announced it earned about $500 million from tourists visiting this area. The origin of this slave camp dates back to 1704. Slave raiders came to Paga and the surrounding communities and held people as slaves. This unchecked activity led to the establishment of slave camps in the area. Located in Upper East Region, Paga Nania looks desolate. What remains are water troughs in the rock, observation posts, and grinding stones. The management is asking the government to renovate the camps to make it attractive again.

#6 – Lake Bosomtwe

Lake Bosomtwe

This lake is sacred according to the Ashanti people. The people believe the souls of the dead converge here to bid their farewell to the goddess Asase Ya. This lake is over 1.07 million years old. Firstly, Lake Bosomtwe is till date the only natural lake in Ghana. Several studies suggest the crater on which the lake sits must have been from the impact of asteroids. Chromis bosomanus is a species of fish predominant in this area. However, this lake faces the risk of drying up. There is an ongoing debate for this historic site to be part of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Consequently, it will help to preserve this sacred water.

#7 – Holy Trinity Cathedral

Holy Trinity Cathedral

The funding for this cathedral came from the British government. The Holy Trinity Cathedral is part of the Anglican Diocese of Accra. This ancient building was completed in 1894 but was made a cathedral in 1909. The most remarkable feature of this fortress-like structure is the rectangular bell tower. The church is not only a place of worship but also one of the historic sites in Ghana that tourists want to visit. The resident tranquility within the walls is a respite from the bustling city noise.

#8 – Salaga Slave Market

Salaga Slave Market

The name Salaga is a derivation from “Salgi”, a Dagomba word meaning “To get used to a place”. The Salaga market was an important trading route linking the northern and southern Sahel. Its location in East Gonja district is strategic making it an important trading route for agricultural products. However, in the trans-Atlantic slave trade era, it also served as a route for moving slaves to the coast for onward exportation. Series of events led to civil war in 1892. Consequently, this led to the decimation of the population of this area. To reach the Salaga slave market, you will need a ferry through Yeji if coming from Kumasi. This difficult terrain is the reason why the Salaga slave market is one of the historic sites in Ghana with the least visitors.

#9 – Gwollu Slave Defense Wall

Gwollu Slave Defense Wall

Human beings have a natural survival instinct. The Gwollu slave defense wall is one of the historic sites in Ghana that highlight how far humans can desperately fight for survival. Gwollu is a small town in Sissala West district in Upper West Region. The Gwollu wall dates back to the 19th century. It was built by Gwollu Koro Limann and its main purpose was to defend the people against slave raiders. Most of these walls have been lost to environmental factors. However, the surviving wall is at the border town of Gwollu. Gwollu also holds other important tourist attractions like traditional bone-setting clinic and crocodile pond. The tomb of the former president, Hilla Limann (1979-1981) is also here.

#10 – Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle

This facility is a 15th-century building by the Swedes to facilitate gold and timber trade. However, it was later used as a holding facility for slaves before they were shipped to America. The British Public Works Department began restoration work of the castle in the 1920s. After Ghana’s independence in 1957, the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board took over the care of the building. The building now serves as a museum and house slave-related artifacts and documents. The rusting canons on the walls paint a vivid picture of the fortification of the facility.

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16 Beautiful Cities to Visit In Africa



Africa is often portrayed as poor and underdeveloped but that is not the entire story. Characterized by fascinating natural and manmade landscape and architecture, Africa is undoubtedly a great destination for tourists. From safari to experiencing culinary diversity, there are millions of things to do in Africa. There are thousands of cities to visit in Africa. However, these fifteen cities in the second largest continent are selected based on cleanliness, beauty, security, and things to do. Each of these cities is unique and can hardly be pinned to one experience. Having a hard time deciding which cities to visit in Africa? This list will give you a head start.

Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago. It hosts some of the most breathtaking beaches. It is home to the international airport, cruise ship ports, and the must-see Morne Seychellois National Park. It boasts beautiful hiking trails among other tourist attractions in its capital city Victoria.

#2 – Johannesburg (South Africa)

The beauty of Johannesburg is more than just the presence of breathtaking edifices like the 15 Alice Lane Towers. It cut across cultural and ethnic diversity. Johannesburg is the largest city and the economic hub of South Africa. About ten percent of the GDP of the nation come from here. The largest dry port in the world, the City Deep, is found here. You also get a chance to visit the Apartheid Museum. Other places you can visit in Jo’Burg as it is fondly called are Lion Park, Mandela Square, and Gold Reef City. Skirmishes do arise from the uneven distribution of wealth but generally, Johannesburg is safe.

#3 – Port Louis (Mauritius)

Numerous qualities make Port Louis one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Africa. However, cleanliness, beauty, and security stand out. The presence of port facilities, manufacturing industries, and tourism sites makes Port Louis Mauritius’ financial hub. Blue Penny Museum is the place to discover the rich Mauritian culture. Pay attention as you explore the Central Market and walk away with a cool souvenir. Your visit will not be complete without the taste of the local cuisine at Yuzu.

#4 – Cairo (Egypt)

Tutankhamen’s coffin is one of the antiquities held at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo / Shutterstock

Northern African countries have notoriety for beautiful cities and Cairo is one of them. With breathtaking infrastructures and a moderate crime level according to the U.S. Government, Cairo is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Africa. Cairo is one of the oldest cities in Africa and some of the ancient buildings still stand tall. The Citadel, for example, was built in the 12th century but still has the glamour of ancient lavishness. You can take a break from busy traffics and population in places like Al-Azhar Park. Don’t forget to take Egyptian antiques with you when it’s time to leave.

#5 – Gaborone (Botswana)

Gaborone wild life

It is often considered the best beginning spot for those who want to explore Africa for the first time. Gaborone may not be as popular as Johannesburg but in terms of security, it is safer. Gaborone will introduce you to epic wildlife, traditional handicrafts, and mouthwatering southern African dishes. The Gaborone Game Reserve is a must visit. You will come down with chills as you stare into the eyes of gemsboks and warthogs.

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#6 – Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

The city is brimming with activities for tourists. Dar es Salaam sits along the coast of the Indian Ocean. It is Tanzania’s largest city. Like Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam boasts of a diverse culture of people and magnificent buildings. Dar es Salaam is popular for music, seafood, islands, and beaches. If you need time off the bustling city noise, visit Mbudya Island. In this captivating scenery, you can also enjoy short boat rides. Coco Beach is where you will find the majority of tourists.

#7 – Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Addis Ababa

Often called the capital of Africa, Addis Ababa radiates youthful beauty and serenity. Addis Ababa in the Amharic language means ‘New Flower’. Consequently, if you adore flowers, you will have many reasons to love Addis Ababa too. Addis Ababa is the tenth on the list of beautiful cities to visit in Africa. One quality it shares with all the aforementioned cities is a low-security risk. Spice up your stay with a visit to Makush Art Gallery. Make plans to visit the National Museum of Ethiopia. If you come across dancers, join in because Ethiopians love it.

#8 – Alexandria (Egypt)

Many Egyptian cities will definitely appear on an expanded list of most beautiful cities to visit in Africa. However, Alexandria is definitely the second best in terms of beauty and security. Like Cairo, the crimes here are mostly opportunistic like pickpockets. Alexandria is a major economic center boasting of large seaports. If you have a few days to spend here, visit Bibliotheca Alexandrina a 2002 building in memorial of the Royal Library of Alexandria. Other important places to explore are Corniche and Alexandria National Museum.

#9 – Nairobi (Kenya)


If you call Nairobi Africa’s culture capital you won’t be wrong. Recent attacks by rebels have cast doubt on the security of the city. However, the beauty of the city remains untainted. If you are enthusiastic about witnessing the unbridled wildlife, Nairobi remains one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Africa. At David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust you can adopt an elephant and follow their growth. A large diversity of wildlife awaits you at the Nairobi National Park.

#10 – Agadir (Morocco)


The beauty of Agadir rests on the blending of history and modernity. Agadir is considered a safe haven for tourists. The level of crime in the city is very low and it is unlikely that you will meet any harm. Agadir sits on the country’s southern coast by the Atlantic Ocean. You can take a hike to the Kasbah, a 16th-century building unhurt by the 1960 earthquake. The earthquake also marked a new beginning for the city. There are lots of restaurants like Les Blancs serving vegetarian and Spanish-inspired dishes. You can learn more about the city’s history through the newspaper clippings and photos that cover the wall of Memoire d’Agadir, a small historical museum.

#11 – Abuja (Nigeria)

Aso Rock

The capital of Nigeria, Abuja has the sights and sounds befitting of any national capital. From the impressive skyline to the highly-branching road network, Abuja is definitely one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Africa. Located in the heart of the country, Abuja is the most secure location you can be in Nigeria. Abuja is filled with adventures. A boat ride is one of the characteristics of Jabi Lake Park. It is also a great place to relax and experience nature. Your trip will not be complete without a visit to Aso Rock. The city boast of many five-star hotels and a robust nightlife.

#12 – Luanda (Angola)


This beautiful city rests on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Luanda is split into two parts namely Cidade Alta and Baixa de Luanda. Luanda moved up on the list of most beautiful cities to visit in African owing to recent reconstructions in different parts of the city. Saint Michael Fortress, a 16th-century Portuguese fortress is a place you will love to visit. You can also learn about the city’s contribution to slavery at the National Museum of Slavery (Museu Nacional de Escravatura). Luanda is generally safe and a great place to spend a family vacation.

#13 – Tunis (Tunisia)


The city has a mixture of stunning old and new architectures with an exotic appeal. Tunis is another North African country that has an imposing beauty. These features make it a great destination for all kinds of travelers. The Tunis Medina Festival lights up the city with music and films every evening during the period of Ramadan. Other places you should not fail to visit are the Bardo Museum and La Goulette. The latter is also a respite when you need quiet time.

#14 – Abidjan (Ivory Coast)


In terms of beauty, Abidjan was one of the cities that was revered in West Africa until wars ripped it apart. Now with improved security, tourists can explore the lengths and breadths of the city. Bushman Café is a great place to start your culinary adventure as you enjoy local dishes. Galerie Cécile Fakhoury is one of the places that should be in your Itinerary. The beautiful skyline of Abidjan defies it’s gory past and will leave you in awe. The springing technology-inspired infrastructures has made Abidjan one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Africa.

#15 – Tripoli (Libya)

It lies on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Tripoli has a historical relevance as a trading city. The city bears the scars of wars and security is also an issue. However, its historical relevance and old-world beauty remain preserved. You will be thrilled by the view of the Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles, one of Lebanon’s biggest fortresses. Majority of the 20th century cosmopolitan activities happened in Tal. Notwithstanding, it is still open for you to explore. Don’t forget to have a taste of the local foods.

#16 – Algiers (Algeria)


Completing the list of most beautiful cities to visit in Africa is another Northern city, Algiers. Algiers sits along the Mediterranean coastline. The reformed part of the city is along the coast. Many refer to Algiers as the city of rare beauty. Visitors talk about the city’s hospitality. However, security is a burning question that needs to be put right. The 17th century Casbah is the part of the city you need to be if antiquity excites you.

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One of The Oldest Tribes In Africa Was Kicked Out Of Their Homes And Here Is What Happened



Displaced Batwa Tribe

The Batwa tribe is one of the oldest in Africa. They originally resided in the rainforests of Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda. They survived many decades through hunting and gathering. However, in the 1990s, the government evicted them from the rainforest leaving them homeless. This and subsequent events threw them into poverty.

The actions of the governments of the three countries were prompted by the need to create a national park. The national parks helped to preserve the population of endangered gorillas in the Virunga Mountains. Since then, the population of the gorillas has grown to 880 in 2018 from 284 in 1981. Tourists now pay a huge amount to spend one hour with the apes. The parks have become a huge money spinner for the East African countries. However, the Batwa tribe paid the price.

A glimmer of hope for eighteen Batwa families

Volcanoes Safaris, a luxury lodge operator was drawn to the plight of the Batwa tribe condemned to squat in Uganda’ farmland. The founder of Volcanoes Safari, Praveen Moman was touched by their appalling livelihood. Moman first met the Batwa tribe when he opened the Mount Gahinga Lodge in 1997 on the outskirts of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The encounter sparked their relationship.

Through the Volcanoes Safari Partnership Trust, Moman gifted ten acres of land to the tribe.  When asked about what motivated his actions, Moman said,

“Generally, we want to support people and improve their livelihood in relation to the work we do at our lodges. It was a bunch of rocks on which they built little shacks of twigs, of tarpaulins, of cardboard—whatever they could get.”

All the material used for the construction of the new village were donations from the guests at Mount Gahinga lodge and the Volcanoes Safari Trust. However, Uganda-based Studio FH architects’ contribution was in terms of supervision services and free designs.

A glimpse into the new settlement for the Batwa tribe

The village consists of eighteen houses each measuring twenty square meters. Each of the homes boasts of a bedroom, common room and a covered veranda which also serves as the kitchen. Eucalyptus poles with bamboo crisscross form a grid and make up the walls. However, the roofing consists of metal sheets with papyrus coating.

Batwa Village Home

The builders took some steps to ensure the safety of these eco-friendly homes. First, the buildings have compact spacing for wind protection as well as to conserve farming lands. Secondly, the verandas face opposite of the direction of strong winds from the volcanoes. To ensure proper sanitation, two buildings containing latrines lie in the slopes on one side of the village.

The Batwa tribe village also has a community center on a 100 square meter space. Consequently, the dome-shaped community center is intended to be used for multiple purposes that involves public gathering. The official opening of the village was in May 2018.

Batwa tribe village community center

The 2018 Emerging Architecture Awards

The contributions of Studio FH Architects to the Batwa tribe also earned them a place on the 2018 Emerging Architecture Awards list. The prestigious award instituted in 1999 honors young designers who create a positive impact in their environment through architectural designs.

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