Oil magnet, Folorunsho Alakija is 70 today and she is feting herself. Earlier today, she took to her Instagram page to wish herself a happy birthday. She wrote:
“If you have ever wondered why I’m always glowing, the reason is my God. He has always been faithful to me. His kind of love leaves me awed and humbled. His praise will forever be in my mouth. I just want to thank God for life that he has given me in good health and to you my family and friends, thanks for your love and prayers, I’m indeed humble and it feels great to be 70. God bless you all”
Alakija is rated by wealth tracker, Forbes Magazine as Africa’s richest woman with a net worth of $1b. She is the chairman of FANFA Oil. She started out as a fashion lover and enthusiast and even served as a two-time president, and now lifelong Trustee of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN). Born July 15, 1951, Apostle Folorunsho Alakija started out as a fashion designer before dabbling into the murky waters of the Nigerian oil industry.
She founded struck gold in 1990s after “FAMFA Limited was incorporated in September 1991 and was awarded the leasehold rights to OPL 216 on the 10th of August 1993.” According to the company’s website: “incorporated in 1992, FAMFA was founded on faith and the confidence that Nigerians can and should invest in and explore the country’s energy and natural resources. This has been our driving philosophy.”
Apostle Alakija is a minister of God. Together with her husband, she founded a house fellowship which has grown to become a full-fledged Christian Ministry known as the Rose of Sharon Glorious Ministry International. She is also the founder of the Rose of Sharon Foundation which has the mandate to help widows and their children as well as orphans.