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Dangote Emerges Most Admired Brand in Africa, Yet Again

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The Pan-African and fully integrated Conglomerate, Dangote Group has again emerged as the most Admired Brand in Africa for the year 2021 for its leadership position in driving quality brands across Africa.

The award was announced by Brand Africa, founders of the Brand Africa 100:  Africa’s Best Brands during a virtual event in Uganda.

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The 2021 survey was conducted between March and April 2021 and yielded over 80,000 brand mentions and over 3,500 unique brands.

With this feat, Dangote has retained its status as the number one most admired African brand for the fourth time in a row. Dangote has also made Nigeria occupy the number one position as a country with the most admired brand in Africa.

Top 100 brands in Africa continue to be dominated by European brands which have held their share at 41% (-1), North America (+1), Asia (no change), and Africa retaining its 13% share of the most admired brands in the world.

Similarly, the leading African countries that dominate the rankings largely retained their positions with Nigeria (-1) and South Africa (-) with 5 brands each, Ethiopia (+1) and Kenya (-) accounting for the13 brands among the Top 100 most admired brands in Africa.

“There is no doubt the pandemic, that continues to cost lives and livelihoods, and coincided with the launch of the implementation phase of the AfCFTA which aims to accelerate intra-Africa trade from 18% to 50% in 2030, is becoming a catalyst for economies with nations having to look internally for sustainability.  The internal shifts in the rankings in particular the African brands, Africa can and will need to grow its own brands to meet the needs of its growing consumer market,” says Thebe Ikalafeng, Founder and Chairman of Brand Africa and Brand Leadership. “African brands will continue to play a dual role of being globally competitive but most importantly of transforming the continent’s promise into a real change.”

The Group Chief Branding and Communications Officer of the Dangote, Anthony Chiejina, said the ranking was not unexpected because the company has a long-standing reputation for quality and relevant compliance towards social stewardship. “Our mission and vision engage and inspire us; and by extension connects us to both our internal and external stakeholders.

 Chiejina stated further that Dangote has been producing high quality products, creating employment, reducing poverty, engaging in unprecedented philanthropy and above all respecting the laws of the land where we operate. “All these are our credo and we do not compromise it. And the ranking is just an acknowledgement of all these by our stakeholders, we keep our brand promise and stay authentic.” he concluded.

The branding and communications chief noted that Dangote is an emancipatory brand, igniting industrialization zeal in the continent by restoring confidence in the narrative that Africans can develop and transform Africa. According to Chiejina, “The revolutionary impact of the brand will further be strengthened with the technical completion of our 650,000-bpd oil refinery later this year as well as the already commissioned Dangote Fertiliser plant.” 

Established in 2011, the Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands rankings are the most authoritative survey and analysis on brands and underlying businesses in Africa, based on a study by Geopoll across 28 countries spanning all the five economic regions, and analysis and ranking by Kantar and Brand Leadership. Collectively they account for over 80% of the population and over 80% of the GDP of Africa. An analysis of the data over the past 10 years, has established that on average, only 20% of the brands admired by Africans are made in Africa.

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