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Folorunsho Alakija

Ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion, Folorunsho Alakija has proven to be a successful woman both career and business-wise. Alakija who is the managing director of The Rose of Sharon Group, executive vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Limited, founder of Supreme Stitches, and a host of other businesses has shown that she has what it takes to be a powerful woman. Start Small but aim to Grow.

Mrs Alakija started as a Secretary and rose to a business owner, making use of all the opportunities that came her way. She was faithful to her first Boss as she served under him for more than 10 years before setting up her shop. She knows how to seize opportunities as she was able to switch her career from secretary to fashion designer at the time the fashion industry began to boom in Nigeria. She took to studying the craft and then created her fashion design company serving premium customers. She always had the knack for profitable business ideas which led her to divert into the Oil and Gas field which turned her into a billionaire today. The fear of the Lord is her Strength as she is a fervent Christian and Pastor.