Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote is on a mission to change the perception of Africa by giving financial backing to a New York-based organisation that aims to showcase positive African stories.

Africa’s richest man, Dangote has donated $20 million to the non-profit Africa Center in New York through his charitable foundation.

The 6,503-m2 centre on Fifth Avenue at 109th Street in East Harlem promotes creative expression and interaction with the public to challenge historical stereotypes of Africa.

Mainstream media have traditionally been accused of portraying Africa with negative stereotypes, paying little attention to the many positive developments happening on the continent.

Dangote is determined to change the narrative and wants to see Africa portrayed in a balanced and fair manner. 

He pledged $20 million to support the Africa Center’s work in altering the global understanding of Africa and promoting collaboration between Africa and the rest of the world. 

The centre aims to do that through performances, installations, talks, readings, book signings, and film screenings.

The donation is expected to help build the last phase of the museum in New York, Wall Street Journal reports.

In recognition of his donation, the main hall of the Africa Center is named after Dangote and will be known as “The Africa Center at Aliko Dangote Hall”.

A Nigerian businessman, Dangote maintained his position as the richest person in Africa in 2019 thanks to his $17 billion net worth. In March, he was considered the 64th richest person on the planet, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index

Dangote’s business interests include cement, agricultural commodities, real estate, oil and gas.https://moguldom.com/231299/aliko-dangote-donates-20m-to-new-yorks-africa-center-to-change-how-africa-is-perceived/