Aliko Dangote has had a wild start to 2021….
Things started to kick off when American restauranteur Bea Lewis (33), alleged that Dangote (63), the richest Black person in the world, dated her and broke her heart.
Though Lewis claims that Dangote broke her heart “into 1000 pieces”, the post largely appears to praise him for changing her perspective and work ethic over the course of 2020.
Dangote is a Nigerian businessman, known for being the wealthiest person in Africa, and the richest Black person worldwide, with a net worth of $13.5 billion.
Lewis made the post as the world entered 2021, and has since gained 13,000 followers. Amongst a number of achievements she claims to have succeeded in the past year, she purchased “two properties” and obtained a “profitable stock portfolio”.
THEN, things got even more interesting…
A new Instagram account went viral shortly after (@allarounda1), claiming to currently be dating Dangote and that Lewis’ story was not true.
As part of this evidence, the Instagram account answered a number of questions, in the process of which uploading a rather revealing photo of Dangote…
Dangote 's bumbum has now surpassed 60million views, beating Wizkid, Davido and Burna Boy pic.twitter.com/E9LUYJ3Hdv— SojiVibe Media (@SojiVibeMedia) January 2, 2021
The internet obviously went nuts after this picture began circling, and as usual, Twitter delivered…
Anytime I hear Dangote, this is what I see.😭 pic.twitter.com/vKMkGBsv2a— King Monye 👑 (@iamkingmonye) January 2, 2021
INTERVIEWER : Sir Dangote, what dyu have to say about all the dragging on Twitter— Uncle Peejaay (@dj_peejaay) January 2, 2021
DANGOTE : “Some of us make billions, let others make memes” pic.twitter.com/5yFXYRdSxS
“you said you’d be Dangote: no be— 🍷 Daddy Oyoyo (@daddyoyoyoo) January 2, 2021
my sugar daddy” sugar be this? pic.twitter.com/b0Or5bzZSJ
Burna boy: Dangote still dey find money o— Abnonymous👑😈 (@Abdoulone_ib) January 1, 2021
Dangote: werey! I dey find woman too pic.twitter.com/QB8y4WaWWT
Some rose to Dangote’s defence however, claiming he hasn’t done anything wrong.
Fame, power and wealth come with some costs to your freedom. You get dragged for things that are normal to those outside those circles and their intersections. There is NOTHING in this Dangote story. Nothing. Save for the fact he is Aliko Dangote. Dude is single, he can mingle.— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) January 2, 2021
Tbvh, this Dangote issue is not a scandal. He is an unmarried adult who was in a consensual relationship with other adults. He is actually the victim here as his privacy has been grossly invaded and abused.— Odogwu (@OVnotOVI) January 2, 2021
Others were quick to point out certain double standards in finding humour in the situation also, given recent public reaction to Nigerian Rahama Sadau’s wearing of a dress that exposed her back.
Arewa Twitter dragged the actress, Rahma Sadau for showing her back in a picture but they are so quiet about Dangote's booty picture. 🤡— QUEEN MOTHER 🇨🇦💎✨ (@rutie_xx) January 2, 2021
So in Arewa Twitter, if you have money like Dangote and they see your ass. You're safe— Nappy Blaze⚡ (@Nappyblaze) January 2, 2021
But if you have money like Rahma Sadau and they see your back. Na court case.
This gender stereotype should not enter this year abeg 🙏
Arewa Twitter ina kuke??— KINGSTON of Abuja (@Kingston_eze) January 2, 2021
Y'all dragged Rahma Sadau because her back was showing partially but Dangote's bum bum is outchea like bread and y'all are silent.
Abin mamaki walahi
What do you think – has Dangote done anything wrong? Should we be finding this situation funny? Are there double standards at play here with regards to gender? Let us know your thoughts @pieradiouk