Top 10 Most Powerful People in Nigeria 2022

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Have you ever wondered, who are the Top 10 most powerful people in Nigeria? Hold that thought. Few questions to think of before we proceed, What makes someone powerful? Is Influence Power?

When it comes to drafting the most powerful people in the Nigeria or any other country in the world, It is always arguable and mostly opinionated. In Nigeria and basically every other country, more money = more power.

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Here is a list of the Top 10 Most powerful people in Nigeria 2022;

Aliko Dangote

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Aliko Dangote was born on April 10 1957, He is from Kano state Nigeria and is an ethnic Muslim. He was born into a rich Muslim family unlike the popular story of clawing his way from nothing to the top. His grandfather was the richest man in west Africa at the time of his death in 1955.

Aliko Dangote has a net worth of $8.3billion which is approximately 3.2 Trillion Naira.The Dangote group is the largest industrial group in Nigeria and has many of it’s operations in countries all over Africa.

Mohammadu Buhari

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Mohammadu Buhari is the incumbent President of Nigeria. He assumed office in 29 may 2015. President Buhari has to be on the list and is not number 1 because of international influence factor I added. As president of a country, I’m sure you need no explanation on the power that comes with it. Buhari’s net worth is not openly available but is estimated to be around $80 million approximately 30 Billion Naira.

Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin

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General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin is the chief of Defense staff of Nigeria appointed on 13 July 2015 by President Mohammadu Buhari. He comes in at number 3 on the most powerful people in Nigeria.

Bola Tinubu

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Bola Tinubu also known as the jagaban of Lagos plays a very Influential role in Nigeria’s politics. Some even believe him to be the “king maker” in politics. Tinubu was a former governor of Lagos state and left the seat in 2007. His net worth is not known for certain but, it is estimated to be about $8.5 billion which is approximately 3.5trillion naira.

Mike Adenuga

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Mike Adenuga is the CEO of Globacom telecommunication company, he is the third richest man in Africa. Glo is a Nigerian owned/based telecomm company and has grown so large that it even challenges MTN. Mike Adenuga is also into multiple businesses within various sectors including oil, he has a net worth of $6.1 billion(approx 2.6 trillion Naira).

Olusegun Obasanjo

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Oludegun Obasanjo is a former president and once head of state of Nigeria. Obasanjo understands the game of international politics so well that he was, in June 2015, made chairman of InterAction Council, a body of over 30 past world leaders. He is also a regular face on international observation teams to different countries in Africa during elections. Obasanjo will always be a face of politics in Nigeria.

David O. Oyedepo

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David Oyedepo is the architect and founder of Winners Chapel church now known as Living Faith Church Worldwide. He is a Nigerian Preacher, business man and author of many books. David Oyedepo is highly influential and is referred to as one of the most powerful preachers in Africa. He is also the richest priest in the world with a net worth of $150 million.

Tony Elumelu

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Tony Elumelu is the chairman of Heirs holdings, United bank of Africa(UBA), Transcorp and the founder of the widely known Tony Elumelu Foundation. Tony elumelu is one of the biggest entrepreneurs in Africa.

Femi Otedola

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Femi Otedola was the former chairman of Forte oil, His reach spreads across multiple business sectors in the country. He is the owner of Zenon petroleum and gas and currently ivests in the power sector. Feli Otedola has a net worth over $1.7 billion.

Jim Ovia

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Jim Ovia is the founder of Zenith Bank, He is the chairman and largest individual shareholder with a stake of slightly more than 9% stake. He also owns prime real estate across Nigeria. His net worth is at $980 million.


And there you have it, Cyber NG’s list of the top 10 most powerful people in Nigeria. Do you disagree? Give us your list as you feel it should be using the comment section below.

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