Our WCW today is a business woman hailing from Nigeria and in 2014 surpassed Oprah as the richest black female in the world. Yes the woman i’m referring to is none other than Folorunsho Alakija.
Alakija was born into a wealthy, Nigerian family in the 50’s and started out her professional career in the mid 70s as a secretary at the International Merchant Bank of Nigeria. In the early 80s, she quit her job and went on to study Fashion design in England. Alakija returned to Nigeria shortly afterwards to start Supreme Stitches, a premium Nigerian fashion label that catered exclusively to upscale clientele. Leveraging on this proximity to power, she acquired an oil prospecting license – the basis of her enormous fortune today.
Though clearly extremely wealthy having been listed (as of 2015) as the 87th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, what stands out is Alakija’s forward thinking in faith. As she proudly states, Alakija is a devout Christian and accredits her perseverance and progression in life to believing in Gods will for her life. It is this very calming surety of self that has gained her numerous accolades and titles to boot, such as:
Ceo of Rose of Sharon House of Fashion
National president & lifelong trustee of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN)
Founder and Ceo of the Rose of Sharon Foundation that helps widows and orphans by empowering them through scholarships and business grants.
Vice chairman of the National Heritage Council and Endowment for the Arts in Nigeria.
Chief Matron of Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs
The attainment of the above titles this strong spiritual woman has amassed, prove that you can explore and champion many fields as long as you have a passion and dedication to doing them all well.
Needless to say Folorunsho Alakija has established a great legacy and should be a source of inspiration for women worldwide.
Until next time be good to yourselves, kind to others and above all GROW DAILY.
Written by Karen Sherise