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‘How I became the richest woman in Africa’ – Folorunsho Alakija explains

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Thank God its Friday!

Today Temmy Balogun’s blog brings to you an article on Nigerian Business Tycoon Mrs Folorunsho Alakija who was named the richest woman in Africa by Forbes.

She gave an indepth explanation of how she started her career journey in an interview with Peace Hyde.

‘I started out as a confidential secretary when I came back from England. At that time I worked with Sijuade Enterprises before I moved on to banking for almost 12 years and along the line I decided to go and set up my own business.’

That’s the genesis of the journey of Folorunsho Alakija, Africa’s richest woman.


In her very inspiring career, she’s been able rise to the top of the competitive patriarchal oil and gas industry, lose everything, fight the Nigerian government and win.

In this interview with Forbes TV’s Peace Hyde, she narrates her journey and how she rose to the top.

On her philosophy, she says ‘Folorunsho Alakija never gives up, my children never give up and my husband never gives up’.

After watching her interview and reading through this article, kindly drop a comment on what you have learnt from her.

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