‘Is Mo Ibrahim a Nigerian?’: Reactions as Abike Dabiri-Erewa claims richest man in Sudan is a Nigerian

The chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has claimed that the richest person in Sudan is a Nigerian.

Sudan is currently facing an internal war which prompted Nigerian students to plead with the FG for immediate evacuation.

Abike reacting to a Twitter user’s surprise that “Nigerian study in Sudan. How on earth is this possible”, said, “The richest person in Sudan is a Nigerian”.

This claim surprised some netizens, as Abike Dabiri also stated that there are 3 million Nigerians living in Sudan.

She added; “We have well over 3 million residents there. Even more , but let me just put it at that estimate.”


Claim 1: Nigeria has over 3 million residents in Sudan there

In 2018, the Nigerian Ambassador to Sudan, Ambassador Ibrahim Bushra, in an interview with Daily Trust stated that there are “over five million Sudanese of Nigerian origin in the Sudan”.


Abike Dabiri’s claim is neither false nor true. Her statement reads, “We have well over 3 million residents there [in Sudan]. Even more“. Note the bolded words. Hence it is safe to presume she only had the estimate at the time of tweeting and not the actual figure.

Claim 2: The richest person in Sudan is a Nigerian

Forbes, a reputable magazine that ranks celebrities’ net worth in its 2011 Billionaire List ranked Mo Ibrahim as the 692nd richest person in the world.

Meanwhile, a check by LanreNews on the latest article on Mo Ibrahim by Forbes revealed that Mo Ibrahim identified as British and not Sudanese.

However, he was born on May 3, 1946, in Sudan. He is the second of five children, four of whom were boys.

His family moved to Alexandria, Egypt when he was young, and his father, Fathi, was employed there by a cotton company, and his mother Aida was very keen that they all get a good education.

Ibrahim has a bachelor’s degree from Alexandria University in electrical engineering. He returned to Sudan and started working for the telephone company, Sudan Telecom.

Mo Ibrahim moved to England and earned a master’s degree from the University of Bradford in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and a PhD from the University of Birmingham in Mobile Communications.

Forbes, in its 2023 Africa Richest People list excluded Mo Ibrahim noting; “Our list tracks the wealth of African billionaires who reside in Africa or have their primary business there, thus excluding Sudanese-born billionaire Mo Ibrahim, who is a U.K. citizen”.


The authenticity of Abike Dabiri’s claim that the richest person in Sudan is Nigerian cannot be confirmed since she didn’t mention the individual. Likewise, Mo Ibrahim according to Forbes is not one of the richest persons in Africa as of 2023 since he identified as a British citizen.


Wait, are you saying Nigerians are over 3m there?

Originally tweeted by ALHAJI TJ.eth๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ #cfc# ๐Ÿ’ฏ ๐Ÿ‘ณ๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ (@teejaybaba) on April 24, 2023.

Three million Nigerians in Sudan๐Ÿ˜„, doing what exactly. how many are in the Uk ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง and USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Originally tweeted by Yusuf Tayo (@yusuftemitayo) on April 24, 2023.

Oh wow, good to know that itโ€™s not all doom and gloom. The richest person in Sudan is a Nigerian

Originally tweeted by El-Pearl (@MaziOkochi) on April 24, 2023.

Make he come establish in our own country na oo,our own be our http://own.is anybody save this time around?

Originally tweeted by @IbnIbrahimpopoola (@EngnrIbrahimlov) on April 24, 2023.

๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ Is Mo Ibrahim a Nigerian??? I don’t understand or am I missing out on something?

Originally tweeted by ‘D E Y E M I (@AdeyemiGCFR) on April 24, 2023.

Sudan has an ancient route to Mecca for the past 200yrs We have people in Sudan well over 4m and alot have nationalized. They have been there for over 100yrs so know this

Originally tweeted by windway (@1Windway) on April 24, 2023.

I have more than 40 Nigerians friends in Sudan

I have like 3 brothers with two wives and children in Sudan

Originally tweeted by ๐•€๐”น๐•€๐”ป๐”ธโ„™๐•† ๐”น๐•†๐•ƒ๐•‹๐•†โ„• ๐”ธ๐”น๐”ป๐•Œ๐•ƒ ๐•ƒ๐”ธโ„•โ„๐”ผ (@bolton0011) on April 24, 2023.

Diaspora voting advocates need to consider this as well.

Originally tweeted by Oฬฉnร wรกlรฉ Kรบforรญjรฌ (@elawtics) on April 24, 2023.

I don’t think your information about a Nigerian being the richest in Sudan is true. I just checked to confirm that Mo Ibrahim is the country’s richest man.

Originally tweeted by Omo Yewa (@AceKelm) on April 24, 2023.

Mohammed Mo Ibrahim is the richest person in Sudan with a net worth of $1.8 billion

Originally tweeted by Unique Uche (@uchejoy) on April 24, 2023.

Ndi diaspora must vote, only Sudan is home to over 3 million Nigerians. Half of that voting means their voters turnout will be more than in some states.

Well, what do I know

Originally tweeted by Nwosa Tochii (@obere4u) on April 24, 2023.

He is currently the 2,259 richest person in the world.

Quick facts about Sudan

  • Sudan is a country in the Northern part of Africa.
  • It used to have the largest area of all the countries in Africa. However, on July 9, 2011, the southern part of the country left and became a new country, South Sudan.
  • Sudan now has an area of 1,861,484 square kilometres (718,723 square miles) making it the third largest country in Africa by area.
  • The Nile flows through Sudan, providing water to crops.
  • There are many different tribal and ethnic groups, though the country is mainly divided between the north, which has more Arabic people, and the south, which has more people of African descent.
  • According to Forbes, the richest man in Sudan is Mo Ibrahim.
  • Sudan’s population is estimated at 46.7 million.

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