Dr Aminu Alhassan Dantata (CON) is a wealthy Nigerian businessman and philanthropist from Kano.
Dr Aminu Dantata was born in Kano to legendary businessman Alhassan Dantata and Amina Umma Zaria. He began his career in 1949 as a produce buyer in the family business of Alhassan Dantata and Sons Limited. After the death of his brother, Ahmadu Dantata, he became the principal heir to the Dantata family business. He became the Chairman and Managing Director of the company in 1960, a position he holds till date.
However, in the late 1960s, he worked with the newly created Kano State as a commissioner. He left in 1972 to partake in the nation’s industrial drive and was known to have bought shares in major companies including Mentholatum, Raleigh Industries, SCOA, Nigerian Pipes, Northern Nigeria Flour Mills and later, Kano State Oil Mills. During the period, the Dantata business expanded in the North, supplying fertilizer, jute bags, rice and cement to various state governments. It also expanded its importing ventures by bringing in building materials and automobiles, in the case of the latter; it was a distributor of Mercedes Benz cars in the country.
The business also invested in large scale farming, with holdings in Asada Farms. Dr. Dantata was a member of the Steering Committee of the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank Limited, and served as a director of the bank between 1962 and 1966. He has led several trade missions to several countries across the world.
He was noted, together with Chief M.K.O Abiola, as being one of the wealthier Nigerians in the 1970s, 1980s & 1990s.
He is currently the Chancellor of Katsina Islamic University and the patron of the Kano State Foundation. The foundation engages in the provision of social services and credit to Kano State indigenes. He is also affiliated with Nigeria’s proposed Islamic Bank, Jaiz and earlier in his life with some Tijaniyya scholars, including Mohammed Kafanga. He was a former member of the Kano Provincial Loans Board.Aminu Dantata (right) with Mufti Ismail Menk, Head of the Fatwa Department of The Council of Islamic Scholars of Zimbabwe who visited him recently
Dr. Dantata has also held several public offices, including Chairman, Board of Trustees, Islamic Forum of Nigeria, Aminu Kano Memorial College, Kano. He is the proprietor, Dantata Memorial School, Kano; Life patron, Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Kano, National Council of Farmers and the Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industries among several others.