The Face Of Women Power In Africa- Folorunsho Alakija Is Our WCW

Folorunsho Alakija is a household name in Nigeria, but this is not because the dashing lady has a fantastic smile, but because of her incredible achievements in the world of business. Standing toe-to-toe with many world movers, Mrs. Alakija held her own and has made tremendous accomplishments in her sector. Alakija according to the ranking done by Forbes is the third black richest woman in the world, a position which came with her being the richest woman in her homeland, Nigeria. Folorunsho was born on the 15th of July, 1951 to the family of Chief L. A. Ogbara in Ikorodu in Lagos state. She proceeded to begin her primary education in the United Kingdom where she attended the Dinorben School for Girls in Hafodunos Hall, Wales. Upon her return to Nigeria, she attended a Muslim High School in Sagamu were upon her completion of secondary education returned to the UK. She had her secretarial studies at Pitman’s Central College in London, where she also studied fashion designing at the American College, London and the Central School of Fashion. A lady of many interests, Folorunsho must have known that she was going to become successful not only as a secretary but a fashion magnate. Upon the completion of her studies, Folorunsho returned to Lagos in 1974 to start her secretarial duties with Sijuade Enterprises. In a bid to gather more experience, she moved to the former First National Bank of Chicago, which later became FinBank and now First City Monument Bank, where she worked tirelessly for some years before kickstarting her tailoring company, Supreme Stitches. She became so popular with her work that her fashion house, Rose of Sharon House of Fashion became a household name. And there on, she went on to promote the beauty of Nigerian culture and style. In May 1993 she dabbled into oil exploration after applying for an oil prospecting license (OPL) to explore for oil on a 617,000-acre block. While on her journey to start a booming oil business Folorunsho fought all who antagonized her enterprise including the Federal Government. Not only is she inclined to making money, but Folorunsho is also one Nigerian lady with a very big heart. Her foundation, the Rose of Sharon Foundation has gone on to sponsor many widows, women, businesses and educational projects in Nigeria and Africa at large. It did not come as a surprise when she became the first woman Chancellor in Nigeria, a position she held with the University of Osun. One of the most powerful women in the world, one of the three black richest woman in the world, the second richest African woman in the world, one of the most influential woman in the world, the richest woman in Nigeria with numerous business awards and achievements under her impeccable belt, Folorunsho Alakija truly is the face of women power in Africa! Photo Credit: Getty

 

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