Sanusi DantataSanusi Dantata


Kano, Nigeria

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Construction/Real Estate/Agriculture

Occupational Position: MBA Candidate at UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.  Project Manager for Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company in its Kano Sites; MD/CEO of multiple start-ups

Professional History


Sanusi A. Dantata is currently a Project Manager at his family's construction company, the largest indigenous construction company in Nigeria, Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company at their Upper North branch that is based in Kano State, Nigeria. In this capacity, he leads a workforce of more than a thousand workers, both local and expatriates, and oversees some major projects including the reconstruction of the Kano-Maiduguri road, Section 1 (101Km long), and the construction of the Kano Western By-pass dual expressway (26.5Km), both including several bridges and flyovers.

Before assuming this position, he has held many other positions across the company including the assistant project manager for the construction of the Outer Northern Expressway project in Abuja, and as site agent in a number of other road and infrastructure projects all over the country. Mr. Dantata has also worked briefly with Bilfinger Berger in Wiesbaden, Germany, and TAV Construction Co. in Cairo, Egypt. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Dantata has ventured into several initiatives including; co-founder of one of the fastest growing Micro-finance Banks in Kano State, the Grassroots Microfinance Bank, founder of Dantacast Nig. Ltd., a transport based company for the haulage of construction materials, founder of ASADA Small Scale Industrial Layout, a venture that enables more than 130 small scale businesses to setup and operate more profitably, and Dantata Properties Ltd., a growing real estate construction and management business.

Qualifications


B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and an M.Eng. degree in Civil/Structural Engineering both obtained from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has also studied for periods ranging from one semester to a full year at Cambridge University, Harvard University, Boston University, as well as the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Programs


2011 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Charles Sidambe
29 October 2018

Tutu Fellows Lynette Ntuli, Natalie Jabangwe, and Bright Simons have been selected for the Choiseul Africa 100 list of laureates for 2018.

Through an annual study that was independently carried out over several months by the Institut Choiseul, Choiseul 100 Africa – the Economic Leaders for Tomorrow, honors those exceptional entrepreneurs who contribute to the renewing of the African economic governance. It identifies and ranks young African leaders of 40 years old and below. 

The identification and ranking process took weighted criteria into account that included reputation, background and skills, influence networks, potential, and leadership.

Norman Smit
11 October 2018

A mutiny is occurring in the notorious prison in South Sudan called Blue House, where people are being detained without trial.  The prison is also where 2016 Tutu Fellow and peace activist, Peter Biar Ajak, has been held since the end of July 2018.  He has yet to be charged.  News sources say about 200 detainees broke into a weapons store in the prison and are holding two guards.  They are demanding the government provide prisoners with due process. 

The detention centre called Blue House is at the headquarters of the National Security Service in South Sudan's capital, Juba.  A national security service statement released to the media says the standoff began when a prisoner, Keribino Wol, overpowered a guard and seized his weapon. 

Norman Smit
11 October 2018

2017 Tutu Fellow John-Allen Namu has released a documentary exposing the complicity of individuals in the Kenyan and Ugandan elite in illicit financial flows in support of South Sudan's warlords. John-Allen is an award-winning investigative journalist and the co-founder of Africa Uncensored.

The powerful three-part documentary titled, The Profiteers, is an expose of how South Sudan warlords plunder public resources to live in opulence in Nairobi while ordinary South Sudanese live in abject poverty. The money looted from Sudan's public coffers is then siphoned off to Kenya and Uganda through banking institutions where the cartels are laundering it by investing in other businesses. 

Charles Sidambe
11 October 2018

The 2014 Tutu Fellow and chief architect at Makeka Design Lab, Mokena Makeka, has led a design vision and consortium to win a bid to design a new precinct for Nelson Mandela Bay.  Nelson Mandela Bay is an area in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth in South Africa's Eastern Cape.  The project is to redevelop the area and simultaneously honour Madiba’s contribution to South Africa, as well as elevate the city’s status as a hub for socio-economic transformation, tourism and employment opportunities.

The city hosted a competition open to all South Africans to submit their ideas, but it was Mokena's Nelson Mandela Bay Tower of Light concept that ultimately won.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows


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