Looking at the stakes and contributions of Nigeria’s largest private foundations, using criteria such as the size of their foundations, track record of activities, the volume of interventions, the strategic importance of areas of focus and evidence of impact created in the society by their foundations, based on my opinion, here are the top 10 philanthropists at the moment, in no particular order.
Aliko Dangote, founder of Aliko Dangote Foundation
The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) is the Philanthropic endeavor of Aliko Dangote. The main objective of the Foundation is to reduce the number of lives lost to malnutrition and disease.
The foundation has also invested in health, education, and economic empowerment to help lift people out of poverty.
Uche Ogah, founder of Uche Ogah Foundation
The Uche Ogah Foundation is a non-profit and non-governmental charitable organization established in the year 2011 by Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah. The Foundation was established to coordinate and harmonize the philanthropic efforts of Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah. The major thrust is to alleviate the sufferings of the less privileged persons in our communities and society through education and empowerment.
Tony Elumelu, founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation
The Tony Elumelu Foundation [TEF] was founded in 2010 by Tony O. Elumelu, an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist who is passionate about Africa’s economic development.
Jim Ovia, founder of Jim Ovia Foundation
Jim Ovia Foundation supports youths and young ICT enterpreneurs by means of educational scholarships and innovative training programs that provide a benchmark for youth development.
Theophilus Y. Danjuma, founder of TY Danjuma Foundation
TY Danjuma Foundation is an independent private Nigerian philanthropic organisation committed to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged Nigerians, by supporting primarily health and education interventions implemented by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), faith-based organisations, youth organisations, women’s groups and similar groups working in Nigeria.
Emeka Offor, founder of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation
The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) is a charitable, non-governmental organization founded by Sir Emeka Offor in the early 1990s and registered under the Companies and Allied Matters Act in 2006 to help people in need become independent and self-sufficient.
Oba Otudeko, founder of Oba Otudeko Foundation
The Oba Otudeko Foundation (OOF), formally inaugurated in 2003, is a private, independent, not-for-profit institution that is “committed to programmes aimed at ensuring that Nigeria keeps pace in the technologies and competencies that will define the twenty-first century and beyond, through people empowerment, capacity and institutions building.”
Arinze Madueke, founder of Zidora Aid foundation (ZAF)
The Zidora Aid foundation (ZAF) has empowered widows and orphans in some inner city communities around Lagos with free medical treatment and foodstuffs for thousands of widows and orphans. The foundation is focused on eradicating malnutrition and also providing homes for the homeless.
Folorunso Alakija, founder of Rose of Sharon Foundation
The Rose of Sharon Foundation aims to guarantee financial independence & educational opportunity for widows & orphans through schemes & programmes that assure greater self esteem & ease of socio-economic integration.
Muhammadu Indimi, founder of Mohammadu Indimi Foundation
The Muhammadu Indimi Foundation, a humanitarian organisation founded by Alhaji (Dr) Muhammadu Indimi, established in 2013, the Foundation was created to unlock Northern Nigeria’s potential through the alleviation of hunger and illiteracy.
The founder, Muhammadu Indimi, an Officer of the Federal Republic, OFR, is a native of Borno State and holds firm to the belief that charity begins at home. That is why the Indimi Foundation has been prioritising the North-east in its efforts to rebuild the nation one state at a time.
Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, founder of Obijackson Foundation
The Obijackson Foundation was established to challenge tragedies, especially in rural areas where illiteracy, hunger and poor healthcare have regrettably become a commonplace. it also aims to bring the marginalized back into the society.