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The Dangote Group, the major private donor for the Africa Center in New York City has launched the fundraising for the Center's development. Encompassing policy, business and culture with the aim of promoting an understanding of contemporary Africa, the Africa Center has a mission of promoting mutual understanding and strengthening vital partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Africa and the United States.

 

The Dangote Group, is the largest donor of any private company for the development of the Center with a $4 million plus dollar contribution. Halima Dangote, who is the eldest daughter of Dangote Group president Aliko Dangote, the richest African and richest black man in the world, has been appointed as president of The Africa Center with the major responsibility of raising capital for the center. She has been named one of the 2017 Most Influential People of African Descent under 40 and has been recognized for her work and achievements in business and entrepreneurship.                                                                                                     

Located at One Museum Mile, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 110th Street in East Harlem, Manhattan, The Africa Center is the first museum building built on New York's Museum Mile since the completion of the Guggenheim in 1959. A non-profit, multidisciplinary institution, the center will provide a gateway for engagement with contemporary Africa, and a platform for the most compelling content from the continent. Housed in a building designed by architect Robert A.M. Sternthe Center represents a cultural gateway to Harlem’s traditional African- American neighborhood in New York

Building on its history as the Museum for African Art, The Africa Center will be a home for exhibitions, performances and showings of visual, performing, and digital art from Africa. It will develop and disseminate innovative educational tools; convene peer-to-peer exchanges; and sponsor results-oriented policy dialogues. The Africa Center will develop public policy by focusing its efforts on linking research capacity with change agents on the ground in Africa.  Through the Center, entrepreneurs from Africa will be granted exposure to New York’s private sector in order to help potential partners find each other, share best practices, and explore how private enterprise can help drive transformational developments on the continent. Seeking to maximize the potential for inspiration and innovative new partnerships, the Center intends to foster relationships between Africa, the United States, and the rest of the world. 

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Aliko Dangote, President and CEO of the Dangote Group explains:

 “The Africa Center represents an opportunity for a new narrative on the Africa that I know and experience every day. Companies such as the Dangote Group are at the forefront of redefining for the world what African business is and what Africa can accomplish with the right partners. Showcasing Africa in a new and positive light is what makes this project worthwhile and something that I am proud to support through my foundation.”

Kofi Annanm, United Nations former Secretary-General says: 

 “Africa’s role in global affairs is expanding and deepening. New York is a great city where much of the world’s politics and business is conducted. Africa needs a strong and vibrant presence in the city. . . the Africa Center, through dialogue and debate, will promote public understanding of African issues and present African perspectives on questions of world significance. The Africa Center, which reflects the ambition and vitality of a continent on the rise, will add a new and innovative dimension to New York’s long engagement with Africa.” 

 

While construction is being finalized, the Africa Center will continue to present pop-up events until the building is completed. Serving as a cultural center and museum, it will be accessible to a wide range of people from around the globe as one of the most diverse art institutions in the U.S. Approximately 90,000 square feet (8,400 m2), the Africa Center will encompass an exhibition space, a theater, museum, education center, library, classrooms, event spaces, restaurant and gift shop.

The Center’s Interim CEO Dana Reed says that the cultural epicenter of the African diaspora in the United States is and always has been Harlem. “With my dual perspective as a resident of Harlem and as an African-American business investor in Africa, I am looking forward to building bridges of understanding between Africans and Americans in the private and public sectors.”  Others who helped to spearhead the goals and concepts of the Center includes Hadeel Ibrahim (daughter of Mohammad Ibrahim, billionaire founder of Celtel International, one of the first mobile phone companies serving Africa and the Middle East) and Chelsea Clinton (daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton of the US). Both ladies serve as co-chair of the board of trustees for the Africa Center.

The Dangote Group’s position and relevance in Africa makes it an ideal partnership for the African Center’s aim of being a rallying point on African issues globally. The Dangote Foundation has also hosted a fundraiser in Nigeria.

                                                                    About the Dangote Group

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Headquartered in Nigeria, the Dangote Group is the largest industrial conglomerate in West Africa, and one of the leading diversified business conglomerates in Africa. Founded by entrepreneur and investor Aliko Dangote, the multi-billion business focus is to provide local, value added products and services that meet the 'basic needs' of the populace. Employing more than 26,000 people, the company manufacturing products include cement, sugar, flour, salt, pasta, and beverages. An investor and developer in real estate,  the company is also focused on new projects in development in the oil and natural gas, telecommunications, fertilizer and steel industries. The Dangote Group generated revenue in excess of US $3 billion in 2015. Subsidiary companies include Dangote Cement, the largest cement production company in Africa and Dangote Sugar, the largest sugar refining company in sub-Saharan Africa

The Dangote Foundation, is the private philanthropic foundation established in Nigeria by Aliko Dangote in 1993.  With a mission of enhancing opportunities for social change through strategic investments that improve health and wellbeing, promote quality education, broaden economic empowerment opportunities and provide disaster relief, the Dangote Foundation is the largest private foundation in sub Saharan Africa with the largest endowment by a single African donor. The foundation has contributed over $250 million in charitable funds to causes in Africa. The Foundation works with governments, both international and domestic charities, non-governmental organizations and international agencies to advance its humanitarian agenda. Its biggest collaboration to date is with with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio and strengthen routine immunization in Northern Nigeria. (Dangote.com)dangote and gates