- Folorunsho Alakija is one of Africa's richest woman, but it hasn't been an easy journey
- She says she made a covenant with God, to spread His word if he would bless her
- She has no university degree, and originally qualified as a secretary
One of Africa’s richest woman, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, thanks God for her success. She shared some of her story on Instagram recently, encouraging her followers to persevere in spite of the challenges they may face.
In 2014, the 67-year-old woman temporarily unseated America’s Oprah Winfrey to become the richest black woman on earth.
Briefly.co.za learned Alakija revealed that her journey has not been without difficulty, and she worked hard to get where she is today.
Her father, a Muslim with eight wives, and 52 children, did not believe his daughter needed a tertiary education, and so, Alakija qualified as a secretary instead.
In her post, Alakija revealed that she was a devout Christian, who believes her success is due to her hard work and God's grace.
"Today, I have no university degree, but God’s glory lifted me up and I have received numerous Honorary Doctorate Degrees at home and abroad," she wrote in her post.
"I have had to make sacrifices like everyone else, faced challenges but never given up."
Her oil company, Famfa Oil, is today, a testament to her strength of will, her belief in God's grace, and her husband and family's unwavering loyalty and support.
After a 12 year legal battle with the Nigerian government, who seized 50% of her holdings in the oil company, she won back her shares in court.
"I have not compromised myself, my values or my faith," she wrote, and certainly, as a philanthropist, fashion icon, and businesswoman, Folorunsho Alakija is an inspiration to many.
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