Folorunso Alakija is a Nigerian Billionaire business woman. She was born on 15th July 1951 in Lagos. She is the managing director, Rose of Sharon group(a foundation that provides business grants and scholarships for widows and orphans). She is the Vice chairman of Famfa Oil Limited and currently the Chancellor of Osun state.
She attended Our Ladies of Apostles for her Nursery education in 1955. The school is located in Lagos. At the age of 7, she travelled to the United kingdom to continue her primary education at Dinorban school for Girls, Wales in 1959. She came back to Nigeria for her secondary education at Muslim High school in Sagamu, Ogun state. Later, she returned to England for her secretarial studies at Pitman's Central college, London.
She is involved in the fashion, oil, real estate and printing industries. In 1974, she started her career as an executive secretary at Sijuade Enterprises in Lagos. She also worked at the first National Bank of Chicago. After working for years, she established a tailoring company formerly known as "Supreme stitches" but now "Rose of Sharon House of Fashion". In 1993, she started her oil business which produced Famfa Oil Limited.
As at January 2020, she was ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $1billion.
She is happily married to Modupe Alakija and the union is blessed with four sons and grandchildren.
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