Baba Ahmadou Danpullo is an influential businessman from Cameroon. According to Forbes Africa, he was named the richest man in the French-speaking part of Africa in 2019. Danpullo is also the founder of Baba Ahmadou Group, a Cameroonian conglomerate that owns the Ndawara Tea Estate, which is the largest privately owned tea estate in West Africa.
Who is Baba Ahmadou Danpullo?
Baba Ahmadou Danpullo is one of the most important operators in several branches of the Cameroonian economy. He is also a major shareholder of Nexttel, controlling about 30% of the shares in the 3th best mobile operator in Cameroon through his company, Bestinvet Cameroon (BetCam). In addition to his stake in Nexttel, Danpullo owns a significant share in one of the tallest buildings in Africa, the Marble Towers in Johannesburg.
Originating from the Fulani ethnic group, Baba Ahmadou Danpullo grew up and is a Muslim. He was born in Ndawara Village in the present Boyo Division, North West Region of Cameroon. He is said to be of Royal blood because his mother is a Princess from the first class Fondom of the Kom people in the North West Region of Cameroon but his family is generally modest. He started out his activities as a truck driver and the owner of a few stalls. After obtaining a license for the importation of rice and flour, Danpullo ventured into importation after applying for a large bank loan.
Baba Ahmadou Danpullo is best known in his country as the owner of Ndawara Tea Estate, which comprises huge tea plantations. In addition to planting and harvesting tea, the Ndawara Tea Estate also exports Cameroonian tea abroad. He ventured into real estate, invested in the food industry, telecommunications, transport and other sectors and soon made a fortune. He also owns a commercial ranch of several thousands of animals. Danpullo also has investments in several countries in Africa and Europe.
He is a shareholder in the 3th best mobile operator in Cameroon, Nexttel, and after getting into communication, he created the Danpullo Broadcasting System (DBS) television channel in Cameroon.
He is a shareholder in numerous Cameroonian public companies such as Cameroon Airports (ADC), Sodecoton, and with the success of his tea estate, he took over the tea production sector from Cameroon Tea Estates (CTE) as part of a stormy privatization.
Apart from his domination in the Agro-industry and telecommunications sector, Danpullo is also associated with numerous real estate assets in countries like South Africa, Nigeria, France and Switzerland, including owning two malls in Cape Town and being a stakeholder in the 152 meter high Marble Towers of Johannesburg.
Ndawara Tea Estate
Ndawara Tea Estate is the largest cultivation land in Cameroon with approximately 5000 ha of cultivated plantation. It is the main producer of tea in Cameroon after Baba Ahmadou Danpullo took over from Cameroon Tea Estates and privatized the tea sector of the country.
Other Ventures into wealth
Cameroon was about to sign with ICTSI, a Philippino firm, a contract under which the Kribi deep water port’s multipurpose terminal (located in the southern region of the country) will be transferred to the Asian company. Many economic stakeholders believed that this move was a compensation for Baba Danpullo who is ICTSI’s main partner in Cameron. Indeed, in 2015, according to Forbes Africa, the richest man in Cameroon and Francophone sub-Saharan Africa, had failed after multiple attempts to secure a similar deal for the port’s container terminal. Nevertheless, the failure to secure the contract didn’t affect Danpullo’s wealth in any way.
In an act of generosity and wealth appreciation, Baba Ahmadou Danpullo donated an envelope of 100 million CFA francs to the ruling party, the CPDM in 2009.
Baba Ahmadou Danpullo’s Net Worth
With the diversity of his business dealings and success in the Agro-industry, telecommunications and investments in other sectors, Baba Ahmadou Danpullo’s net worth has been valued at an estimated 547 billion CFA francs ($940m).