#NWD 2017 Most Successful Women ; Folorunsho Alakija -Oil Magnate

Folorunso Alakija is the vice chair of Famfa Oil, a Nigerian oil exploration company that has a 60% participating interest in block OML 127, part of Agbami field, one of Nigeria’s largest deepwater discoveries. Its partners include Chevron and Petrobras.

#NWD 2017 Most Successful Women ; Folorunsho Alakija -Oil Magnate

Alakija is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion. As of 2015, she is listed as the second most powerful woman in Africa after Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the 87th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

Folorunsho has a foundation called the Rose of Sharon Foundation that helps widows and orphans by empowering them through scholarships and business grants. Her company is also a major sponsor of the Agbami medical and engineering scholarship scheme, one of the most reliable scholarship scheme in Nigeria with over a thousand people yearly as beneficiaries.

She serves as the Chief Matron of Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs. While on 9th March, 2016 she became the first female Chancellor (Osun State University renamed Bola- Ige University) in Nigeria.

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