In a continent with over 3 million entrepreneurs, its not surprising that Mrs Folorunsho Alakuja is our focused today prior to the her achievements and success that has made waves in Africa and beyond.
For any entrepreneur to be recorded as been famous, he or she must have stood out in their various field of specialisation, despite the fact that Mrs Folorunsho is a female she has made numerous achievements alongside other male entrepreneurs in the industry and with this we can as well classify as a very strong female entrepreneur in the field.
This article contains her achievements, her success journey all through and till date presently.
Folorunsho Alakija was born on July 15, 1951 to the family of chief L.A Ogbara in Ikorodu, Lagos state. At the age of 17, she travelled to the UK for her primary education at Dinorben school for girls in Hafodunous Hall, Liangernyw, Wales.
She returned to Nigeria to attend Muslim high school Sagamu, Ogun state, Nigeria and finally went back to the UK for secretarial studies at Pitman central college, London . She also studied fashion designs at the central school of fashion and the American college, London.
Alakija started her entrepreneur career into he year 1974 as an executive secretary at Sijuade Enterprises, Lagos, Nigeria, afterwards she joined first national bank of Chicago which later became Finbank which was later acquired by FCMB.
After she left working as a secretary, she then started a tailoring company, supreme stitches which was later changed to Rose of Sharon House of fashion which became an house hold name.
Mrs Folorunsho promoted Nigerian culture through fashion and style when she served as the National President and lifelong trustee of the fashion designers association of Nigeria [FADAN] .
Till date, Mrs Folorunsho has been doing well as she is ranked as one of the famous entrepreneurs in Africa, she is also one of the richest black woman in the world with a net worth of $2.1 billions.
As of 2016, she is listed as one of the most powerful women in Africa after Ngozi Okonjolweala and the 80th most powerful women in the according to Forbes.
Mrs Folorunsho reminds me of this quote that goes thus: “what a man can do a woman can do better” as a she is a true definition of a woman and half as she is seeing competing with the men in the industry.