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BUA Foods Plc, one of the closely held businesses of Nigerian billionaire industrialist Abdul Samad Rabiu, completed the listing of its shares on the Nigerian Exchange on Wed., Jan. 5, after it received the requisite approvals from the regulatory authorities.


Consequently, the net worth of Rabiu, the majority owner of one of Africa’s fastest-growing cement makers, BUA Cement, rose by nearly $1.9 billion to $7.2 billion thanks to the valuation of BUA Foods.
His current net worth eclipsed the $6.6-billion wealth valuation of Nigerian telecom mogul Mike Adenuga.


The consolidated food business is an operating unit of BUA Group, a well-diversified manufacturing conglomerate founded by Rabiu in 1988. The listing of 18 billion shares at N40 ($0.0968) each gave the food-processing firm an implied valuation of N720 billion ($1.74 billion).

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Meet The Second Richest Man In Nigeria


As of press time, Jan. 6, shares in BUA Foods were worth N44 ($0.1065), 10-percent higher than their implied price. At the current price, the market capitalization of the consolidated food business increased to N792 billion ($1.92 billion).


The value bump caused Rabiu’s fortune to increase from $5.3 billion to $7.2 billion.
His net-worth valuation includes the market value of his 92-percent stake in his cement business, which is valued at $5.3 billion.

The addition of his new business makes him Nigeria’s second-richest man ahead of Mike Adenuga, the founder of Globacom, Nigeria’s third-largest telecom company.


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Upon the listing of BUA Foods’ shares, the newly formed entity became the largest consumer goods company by market capitalization after Nestle Nigeria Plc, the Nigerian subsidiary of the Switzerland-based consumer goods giant, Nestle S.A.
The successful listing of its shares comes nearly a month after BUA Group spun off its five food businesses, including BUA Sugar Refinery Limited, BUA Oil Mills Limited, IRS Flour, IRS Pasta and BUA Rice Limited.


The group confirmed that the merging of its food businesses into a newly consolidated food company known as BUA Foods will help the conglomerate maintain its leadership status in the agribusiness and food-processing sectors.
While speaking about his food business, Rabiu noted that listing the shares would help people realize the true value chain of the business and assist in dealing with Nigeria’s food crisis.
“A lot of people do not know the size of this business, that is why we decided to merge all the food businesses into one entity.

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Now that we have done that, people will understand and appreciate the business,” he said.


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Bola Tinubu: How I Made My First Million

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Former Lagos State Governor and a leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has narrated how a working trip he made while serving as an auditor for auditing giant, Deloitte and Touche, made him an “instant millionaire”.

Mr. Tinubu first served as a senator in the short-lived third republic and later as governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007. He has been accused of making a fortune from politics.

“At Deloitte and Touche, I chose to travel more than 80 per cent of my working years there. And that is because if a staff chose to travel, he would make more money because he would get travel allowances,” Mr. Tinubu said in a lengthy interview he granted TheNews Magazine on March 29 about his journey through life as he celebrated his 64th birthday.

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Bola Tinubu: How I Made My First Million

Mr. Tinubu said he was sent on an assignment to help set up a an accounting and auditing system for a joint-venture between National Oil and Aramco in Saudi Arabia but by the time he returned to the United States, he discovered that his account had been credited in millions.

Mr. Tinubu said he was sent on an assignment to help set up a an accounting and auditing system for a joint-venture between National Oil and Aramco in Saudi Arabia but by the time he returned to the United States, he discovered that his account had been credited in millions.

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“We had gone there to set up their accounting and auditing system. It was while on that service that I got my financial break. When I returned to the United States, my employers gave me a huge bonus, which instantly turned me into a millionaire.

“The bonus was $850,000, before taxes. My salaries were also being paid into the bank and I was not touching them. At the time, my salary deposits in the bank had risen to about $1.8 million.”

Asked if he was not frightened by the development, Mr. Tinubu said, “No. This is because I had a strong grasp of financial matters. I was happy. I bought a house from the money and invested the rest in the U.S. I was living well. I was living in one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in the south of Chicago.”

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Mr. Tinubu said he stayed back working for several years in the United States after completing his degree in Chicago. He worked in Deloitte and Touch before returning to Nigeria to serve as an accounting executive for Mobil.

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On Wednesday, Brent crude futures, the global benchmark, rose 1.66% to $85.11 a barrel by 19.06 GMT+1, while West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures increased 2.25 percent to $83.05 a barrel.

The price of Brent crude had crossed the $85 mark on October 15, 2021.

Last week, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, known as OPEC+, decided to increase oil output by 400,000 barrels per day.

Morgan Stanley, a multinational investment bank, had predicted that Brent crude would climb $90 a barrel in the third quarter of this year.

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The bank added that it expects oil prices to “overshoot” to $125 a barrel this year and $150 in 2023.

In the 2022 budget, President Muhammadu Buhari earmarked $62 per barrel as the oil benchmark, up from the $57 per barrel in 2021.

Rising oil prices would translate to an increase in Nigeria’s oil revenue.

However, Nigeria has been ploughing its oil revenue into fuel subsidy shortfall payments, which stripped the country of more than N1 trillion last year.

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FairMoney team have expressed the importance of serving the unbanked and underbanked which according to the bank is “stemmed from a burning desire to bridge the lag between developing African countries, Nigeria inclusive, and the new age of banking enjoyed in developed countries.

The FairMoney team stated this at the media parley held last Friday, as they stated that the bank was founded with an overarching vision to be the leading digital bank driving financial inclusion for the average Nigerian.

The strategy was said to be premised on the need to cater to the majority, stating that FairMoney was birthed to cater to the predominant needs of the Nigerian market – small & medium scale enterprises, through quick & seamless loans.

The management further stated that, based on the strategy, over the past 4 years of operation, FairMoney MFB is said to have grown its customer base to over 5 million users, and 2 million bank accounts through relentless positioning as the “New Bank for the masses”.

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According to Laurin Hainy, Co-Founder/CEO, FairMoney, “FairMoney is positioned to support our customers across their various financial service needs even as we work to maintain our current position as the leading digital bank in Nigeria. Our mission has always been to serve the needs of as many Nigerians as possible. Our approach to doing this involves providing millions of Nigerians with loans and capital to meet their immediate needs and in some cases, to grow their businesses, and so far, we have disbursed over N117billion loans since inception.”

We Have Disbursed Over ₦117 Billion Loans Since Inception – Fairmoney

“Our goal ultimately is to use technology to bank the 60 million Nigerians currently excluded from the financial ecosystem. We have also introduced secure and innovative technology processes to improve our lending operations, as well as a strong privacy protection policy, and a comprehensive loan collection policy which has been successfully deployed in the last 4 years,” Laurin added.

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FairMoney maintains that it has finely niched a reputation as a leading driver for financial inclusion in Nigeria, with millions benefiting from its numerous financial services & features, through its strong lending service offerings. Some of the services include quick loans without collateral, free debit cards & free inter-bank transfers to support SMEs & MSMEs by alleviating common expenses issued by traditional banks through account maintenance charges.

Amongst the many offerings of FairMoney is the digitization of general banking procedures through the app by making bill payments accessible without needing to visit banking halls & introducing consumer empowering initiatives like the recently concluded FairMoney Transact & Win Black Friday engagement which had lucky winners go home with 10 smartphones, 5 generators & a delivery motorcycle; not to mention the ongoing ’12 Days of Fair giveaways’ Christmas giveaways all in the bid to offer equal opportunities for all and stay true to their promise of Fair banking for all.

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Speaking at the Media Parley, Nengi Akinola, Head Marketing & Branding reiterated FairMoney’s commitment to supporting Nigerians. “To us at FairMoney, the goal is to see a world where everyone has equal financial opportunities and support to reach their financial goals, however great or wide it may be. We will continue to build on our offerings, so that we can continue to meet the growing needs of the average Nigerian customers” she said.

“We can’t wait to share all the interesting new features we’re bringing to the FairMoney app in the new year” Nengi added.

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