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Theophilus Danjuma: The Nigerian Military Legend
“One of the greatest tragedies of our time is that we have kept our young people out of politics. It is time we gave them a chance to participate. The power is in their hands now.”
Theophilus Danjuma is a Nigerian military veteran, a philanthropist, and a well-known business tycoon. He has served Nigeria over the years in various capacities including as a general in the army, Minister of Defence, and as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on the Niger Delta. In this article, we will take a deep dive into his career, personal life, and net worth.
Early Life and Education
Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma was born on December 9, 1938, in Takum, present-day Taraba State, Nigeria. He was born into a Christian family, and his father, Kuru Danjuma, was a trader. Danjuma had a humble beginning and attended the popular Takum Baptist Church Primary School before moving on to the Nigerian College of Arts, Science, and Technology, Zaria, in Kaduna.
In 1960, Danjuma joined the Nigerian Army and began his military career journey.
Danjuma began his military career as a second lieutenant in the Nigerian Army and rose through the ranks to become a General. He was appointed Chief of Army Staff in 1975 by General Murtala Mohammed, a position he held until he retired from the army in 1979. During his military career, Danjuma earned numerous accolades that include the National Honour of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), and the prestigious honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).
After retiring from military service, Theophilus Danjuma ventured into business and founded the highly successful oil company, South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO). He also became involved in the country’s political scene, serving as the Minister of Defence from 1999 to 2003 and later as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on the Niger Delta, where he played a crucial role in promoting peace and stability in the region.
Theophilus Danjuma is married to Daisy Danjuma, and the couple has many children together. They are prominent in Nigeria’s high society and have a range of homes and cars.
Theophilus Danjuma is estimated to have a net worth of over $1.2 billion (U.S dollars). This estimate is not all-inclusive as he has significant investments in several countries. In naira, his estimated net worth is N440 billion, in Canadian dollars, his estimated net worth is $1.5 billion, in Ghana cedi, his estimated net worth is GHS 7.4 billion, in Kenya shilling, his estimated net worth is KES 130 billion, in South Africa rand, his estimated net worth is ZAR 18 billion, in Uganda shilling, his estimated net worth is UGX 4.2 trillion, and in Indian rupee, his estimated net worth is INR 90 billion.
Awards and Achievements
Theophilus Danjuma has been nominated and won several national and international awards for his military service and as a prominent business person. Some of his notable awards include:
- Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) – The highest honour in Nigeria
- Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) – The second-highest honour in Nigeria
- Defence Service Medal
- United Nations Peace Medal
- Clerk of the Privy Seal
- Honorary Doctorate Degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Theophilus Danjuma is a living legend and a national hero known for his exceptional military and business acumen. He is an inspiration to many Nigerians and a testament to the power of determination, hard work, and resilience. His contributions to the country’s development are significant, and he continues to dedicate himself to philanthropic activities. He is undoubtedly among the most prominent Nigerians and Africans.