Nigeria has a rich and highly robust car culture which is further heightened by its billionaires and the quality of cars they drive and show off.
These are not cars that take you to work and back home. Rather, these are cars that are built for the prying lens of the paparazzi, car enthusiasts and fans with an insatiable appetite for luxury cars.
Nigerian businessmen, footballers, and A-list celebrities and technocrats are the prime guardians of this car culture; ensuring that wherever the latest and most expensive cars in the world are made, such cars must have a feel of Nigerian roads. From the Lamborghini to Bugatti, Porsche, Rolls Royce, and the Bentley, Nigerian billionaires have shown each time that they are up to the task. Below is a list of 10 cars being driven by Nigerian billionaires:
1. Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon
This is one of the most preferred cars of Nigerian billionaires. The oil magnate, Folonrunsho Alakija, who is regarded as one of the richest women in Africa has been spotted repeatedly in a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon.
2. Rolls Royce
The Rolls Royce has been a favourite choice for Nigerian billionaires for several years. Each new collection continues to provide a thrilling sensation to many Nigerian billionaires.
Jimoh Ibrahim, a billionaire with business interests scattered all over Nigeria, has a very expensive Rolls Royce in his fleet of cars. Jim Ovia, Femi Otedola, and Bola Shagaya are also in this class of Rolls Royce lovers.
3. Mercedes Mclaren
The Mercedes Mclaren has neat and comfortable leather upholstery that ushers you into the cockpit. The car has a top-notch stereo system at the central console along with a climate-control system. The bonnet is extremely long and stretches out like a pointed nose.
It has a larger grille, dual headlamps on either side and stylish and wind-breaking silts. The Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola has been reported to own a Mercedes Mclaren.
4. Audi 7
The Audi 7 has a strong performance, attractive and refined interior and gives an incredible level of comfort. It comes with a degree of high-tech features. However, the engine noise is a drawback; so also is the price and limited headroom. Mike Adenuga is one of Nigeria’s billionaires rumoured to own this car.
5. Bugatti Veyron
Aliko Dangote has been said to have too much of a quiet personality for someone ranked as the richest man in Africa. However, when you consider that he is a lover of flashy cars, you will realise that his choice of cars is one of the ways he flexes his financial muscle. He has been reported to own a Bugatti Veyron.
The Veyron has an 8.1-litre turbo-quad W-16 engine and all-wheel drive feature. It is capable of 1001 hp and has a 200mph-plus top speed.
6. Bentley Mulsanne
The Mulsanne boasts of a formidable road presence. The crisp, sharp lines and the sweeping curves of the car are to thank for this. The interior is similarly magnificent. It presents the finest hides and tasteful veneers throughout the cabin. The 150 hours+ spent creating the Mulsanne interior speaks volumes of the beauty. Again, the billionaire, Aliko Dangote has his name mentioned on the list of Nigerian billionaires who own the Bentley Mulsanne.
7. Maybach 57S
The Maybach 57 luxury saloon refers to its 5.73m length and is currently the most popular Maybach model. It is one of the most luxurious cars available today. It has a capacity for a driver, front passenger, and about three other passengers. Aliko Dangote has been rumoured to have one of these in his fleet.
8. Lamborghini Urus
Nigerian musicians are also part of the plot when it comes to the culture of driving luxury cars in Nigeria. Some of the exotics cars spotted on Nigerian roads are owned by A-list celebrities; especially those within the music and showbiz industry. Nigerian music sensation, Wizkid, is one of such musicians with a fleet of flashy cars. He rides a Lamborghini Urus; a car known for its supercar acceleration, practical interior, and cutting-edge infotainment.
9. Porsche Panamera
The Porsche Panamera stands out as a true driver’s car. It is comfortable, relaxing and has more room for luggage than most of its fierce rivals. The engine is robust and refined snd it comes with supple and spacious seats. Wizkid has also been reported to own one of these.
10. Ferrari 458 Italia
Davido announced himself as the son of a wealthy man (Omo Baba Lowo) and he lived up this name with the class of cars that have been attributed to him. He has done well for himself in the music industry so far to earn his own billions. He owns a fleet of cars and one of the most remarkable in the fleet is the Ferrari 458 Italia.
The Ferrari 458 Italia is a coupe that strikes a balance between driving pleasure and technological brilliance.
Thoughts on Cars Nigerian Billionaires Drive
Just like their counterparts like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Nigerian billionaires can drive any car they want.
You shouldn’t expect to see these cars stuck in your typical Lagos traffic or getting scratched by a commercial bus a.k.a Danfo because they are reserved for special occasions as opposed to long-distance rides through the city of Lagos.
Here is a list of luxury cars currently listed for sale on Cheki.com.ng. Some of the cars on this list include the Mercedes-Benz Maybach, the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon, a bulletproof Lexus LX 2019 model, a Lamborghini Aventador, the Rolls Royce Ghost and several other brands.