Mahmud Dantata (1922-1983) was a Nigerian businessman and currency dealer from Kano who was a pioneer entrepreneur from the North. He operated a few corn mills and later expanded into the import and export business. He was known in Kano as the co-founder of the West African Pilgrims Association, WAPA, a transit and pilgrimage promotion company.
Mahmud was born to Kano merchant, Alhassan Dantata. He left his father's tutelage early and founded WAPA in the mid 40s. Prior to the foundation of the transit and lodging company, he was trading in currency and kerosene. He later invested in property, a cinema and club.