Welcome to Dangote Cement Plc

Our History

Dangote Cement is a subsidiary of Dangote Industries, which was founded by Aliko Dangote in 1981 as a trading business with an initial focus on importation of bagged cement and other commodities such as rice, sugar, flour and salt.

Over time, the Group began to import bulk cement into the Apapa and Port Harcourt terminals, which it then bagged for distribution. Through the 1990s, the Group made a strategic decision to transition from a trading based business into a fully-fledged integrated manufacturing operation. This is where our ambitious plan to become Africa’s leading cement producer began.

Kogi State Government incorporates “Obajana Cement Plc” in November.

Dangote Industries acquires Benue Cement Company from the Federal Government as part of its privatisation exercise. BCC operated a 0.9Mta plant in Gboko, which was subsequently upgraded by the Group to 2.8Mta.

Dangote Industries acquired Obajana Cement Plc. from Kogi State Government, though no factory existed at this time.

Commenced the construction of the Company’s first cement production plant (Obajana Cement Plant).

Commissioned the Obajana Cement Plant with two production lines and capacity of 5 million tonnes per annum, making it the largest plant in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Name changed from Obajana Cement Plc
to Dangote Cement Plc.

Scheme of merger between Dangote Cement and Benue Cement Company to provide a number of strategic opportunities and benefits to the enlarged entity, shareholders, employees and customers.

Listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange following merger of DCP and BCC.


Dangote Industries transfers its Pan-African (non-Nigerian) cement interests to Dangote Cement.

Opens Ibese plant in Ogun state, near Lagos, with 6Mta across two lines.

Obajana increases capacity by 5Mta with the opening of Line 3.

Ghana operations consolidated into DCP accounts.

Delmas (South Africa) opens 1.5 Mta capacity.

Aganang (South Africa) opens 1.8 Mta capacity.

Ibese extends capacity by 6Mta to 12Mta.

Obajana extends capacity by 3 Mta to 13Mta.

Senegal begins operations with 1.5Mta integrated plant.

Cameroon begins operations with 1.5Mta grinding plant in Douala.

Ethiopia opens 2.5Mta factory in Mugher.

Zambia opens 1.5Mta factory in Ndola.

Dangote Cement joins the Premium Board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Tanzania was commissioned.

New capacity commissioned in Sierra Leone (0.5Mta, import) and Congo (1.5Mta integrated).

Commissioned our export terminals in Apapa and Port Harcourt and commenced clinker exports via shipping from Nigeria to West and Central Africa.

Commissioned second gas fired power plant in Tanzania

Okpella Cement Plant becomes operational

Commissioned alternative fuel feed systems at Obajana lines I and V; and Ibese line II.

Commissioned Okpella Cement Power Plant