By Bode Opseitan
Netizens were ushered into 2021 with an unexpected post from an #American restauranteur and realtor, Bea Lewis who claimed to be an ex-lover of #Africa’s richest man and the richest Blackman in the world, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
The post was more a celebration than a repudiation of the kind of person Dangote is. Even in her heartbrokenness, Bea still found the most uplifting expression to depict the positive impact Dangote made in her life.
“He changed my perspective on work ethic and patience. Once my mindset changed, the universe gravitated me to people that uplifted me and increased my net worth mentally and financially,” she said in a post on Thursday.
We don’t know the details of what triggered the split-up, neither has Dangote admitted any relationship with the lady but for a lady who is still hurting, saying Dangote “broke my heart in 1000 pieces” to have told the world the billionaire businessman was of tremendous help to her shows it is still possible for a wealthy man to treat people humanely.
“I dated the richest black man in the world. He broke my heart in 1000 pieces. I learned more from him than any person I’ve ever met. Communicating with a billionaire daily makes you see the world differently,” she wrote.
Listing the life lessons she leant from Dangote, Bea said, “I became more organized and finally am able to step away from the daily kitchen operations. I learned love without strings. Give your best without expectations. Nothing is forever.”
Bea runs a restaurant in Atlanta and she admitted in the post how the Dangote influence got her to diversify her portfolio. “I realized a half a million-dollar restaurant project was a bad investment. I purchased two properties. I started a consistent fitness regime. Became vegan. Obtained a profitable stock portfolio.”
There are countless tales of how rich men shabbily treated their lovers, mischaracterising them as conquests to be humiliated and trampled upon.
Dangote definitely would have preferred that this kind of story be kept miles away from the public space but it has some positive spin-off for him and he has demonstrated that you could be rich and still treat people you encounter with dignity. To him, lives matter, #blacklivesmatter. #AlikoDangote #brokenheart, #livesmatter