In an interview with Mike Awoyinfa, a veteran journalist writing Dangote’s biography in an upcoming ‘Giants of Africa’ series, former President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, revealed that Aliko Dangote “carried baby Davido home” after he was christened.
According to Aig-Imoukhuede who described Dangote as a God-fearing man, the Africa’s richest man has been Davido’s dad, Adedeji Adeleke close friend for years.
“With Imoukhuede, you can never run short of anecdotes. He remembers a day he was travelling with Dangote to Abuja. He needed to see his pastor urgently but found himself acting like Hamlet: to see or not to see.
Dangote instantly waded in, insisting:
“you must see your pastor!” He even followed him to church, resulting in getting to Abuja very late.
“He also recalls an incident many years ago in Atlanta, USA, when Dangote had to go to church and was the one who carried the baby Davido home after his christening. Today, Davido is an award-wining pop star and a household name.
“That was why when Imoukhuede was hosting a 60th birthday bash for Dangote in his spacious Ikoyi office, he invited Davido to perform on that joyous night of dancing that brought together Dangote’s inner caucus and close friends like Davido’s father, the billionaire Dr. Adedeji Adeleke, the former Ogun State governor Aremo Segun Osoba, the former governor of Edo State Adams Oshiomole, the present governor of Edo State Godwin Obaseki, the former Cross Rivers State governor Donald Duke, the Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola and many other Dangote insiders.”