The Dangote Group is an emerging African conglomerate based in Nigeria, West Africa, driven by a mission to touch the lives of people by providing their basic needs. Current interests of the Group, which started as a trading company in 1978, include cement, sugar, salt, pasta, beverages and real estate, with new projects underway in the oil and gas sector. These projects will create thousands of jobs for Nigerians. The Group is one of the largest employers in Nigeria and three of its 13 subsidiaries are listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The listed entities include cement, sugar and salt. The Group is present in 16 African countries. The Group has won a number of awards both locally and internationally in recognition of its achievements, and is fully involved in corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, which it executes through the Dangote Foundation.