Dutch companies have been operating in Nigeria long before Nigeria gained its independence as a sovereign nation.

They operate in different aspects of the Nigerian economy including food, beverages and general consumables, oil and gas, agriculture etc.

It is estimated that over 30 Dutch companies currently operate in Nigeria, employing an estimated 1.5 million people directly and indirectly.

Below are top 6 Dutch conglomerates that impact our lives everyday and Nigerians can’t possibly imagine their lives without them.

We bet you didn’t know they were Dutch companies.

1. Unilever Nigeria PLC:

You have probably used no fewer than two of Unilever’s products today. The Close-Up toothpaste and the Lipton Yellow tea are some of their popular products.

But they do have a full bouquet of other food, home care and personal care products.

The company started operations in Nigeria in 1923 and is engaged in the manufacture and marketing of foods and food ingredients, as well as home and personal care products.

2. Nigerian Breweries Plc:

We're almost certain you had no idea that Nigeria’s pioneer beer maker has the Dutch element.

You see, the idea to establish a brewery in Lagos was promoted by one Frank Samuel of UAC prior to World War II. But UAC did not have a technical history in beer making leading the firm to enter into a technical agreement with Heineken, a Dutch brewer.

The Nigeria Breweries eventually started operations in Nigeria in 1946 with Heineken as a majority shareholder with 54.09% of equity.

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3. Friesland Campina (WAMCO):

How many times have you walked into a shopping mall to ask for milk, assuming that the seller would just understand that it is Peak Milk that you need?

That is how popular Peak Milk has become in Nigeria. And it is a product of a Dutch firm, Friesland Campina WAMCO, which has been involved in the manufacture of dairy products for decades in Nigeria.

4. Shell Petroleum:  

Shell petroleum is one of the most successful international oil companies operating out of Nigeria. And yes, it is coming from the Netherlands.

Shell came into Nigeria in 1937. Shell was the first to discover and drill oil in Nigeria at Oloibiri in Bayelsa State in 1956.

It currently has over 6,000 direct employees in Nigeria.

5. Air France KLM:

Dutch companies also play big in aviation. Air France KLM is one of theirs. It is a Franco Dutch holding company with its headquarters in Charles de Gaulle Airport, France. Air France KLM also currently operates in Nigeria.

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