Cape Town – The body of Sani Dangote, the vice president of the Nigerian cement group Dangote, is set to arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday from the United States for burial, reports say.
Sani, 61, died on Sunday after a long illness.
He was a younger brother to Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote.
According to The Nigerian Xpress, a source close to the family said, “Sani Dangote had been battling colon cancer and he travelled to the US in search of a cure, but as God willed, he died at the age of 61″.
Sani is survived by his aged mother, wife, eight children and brothers and sisters.
Sympathisers have been thronging the Dangote family residence at Koki Quarters in Kano City since the news of his death broke out, a report by Business Hallmark said.
Before his death, Sani had investments in manufacturing, agriculture, banking and oil services.
A report by Punch said that he also sat on the Board of several other companies, including Nigerian Textile Mills Plc, Nutra Sweet Limited, Gum Arabic Limited, Dangote Textile Mills Limited, Alsan Insurance Brokers, Dan-Hydro Company Limited, Dansa Food Processing Company Limited and Dangote Farms Limited.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu