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Folorunsho Alakija shares Nuggets for Success at her Inauguration Ceremony as Chancellor of Osun State University



Folorunsho Alakija

Folorunsho Alakija

Folorunsho Alakija has been inaugurated as the Chancellor of Osun State University.

In her inauguration as the Chancellor of Osun State University, Forbes’ third richest black woman in the world Folorunsho Alakija has said that God, Courage, Perseverance, Time Management, Patience, and Mentorship, among others, have led to the success she is enjoying today.

Read parts of her points, as reported by Vanguard below.

  • Do not accept ‘’No” for an answer – Many doors were shut in my face but I refused to give up and kept going back and it paid off; see where I am today.
  • Be determined to succeed as there is always a way where there seems to be no way. Only the persistent and diligent find it.
  • Time is money, use it wisely.
  • Say “no” to corruption.
  • Find mentors for practical guidance in your chosen career.
  • Find out God’s purpose for your life and embark on it. Exercise patience and have courage. Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
  • Always remember, that anything worth doing at all is worth doing well.
  • Don’t sit on the fence but come to Nigeria’s defence.
  • Proffer solutions and follow through.
  • My personal ethics have been formed through family influence, religious beliefs, life’s experiences, my personal reflections and the culture in which I was raised. My family instilled a strong work ethic in me as a child and they hardly ever missed a day of work.
  • Ethics is a word I live by because it is conducted in a work environment and in individual daily life.
  • I always try to do the right things and this will be my guiding principle throughout my 5 year tenure at Osun State University.


  1. Mr. Egghead

    March 24, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Last tip: Don’t forget to collect your own oil block from the government.

    • onye nzuzu

      March 24, 2016 at 11:22 am

      She looks so much like Hilary Clinton. But will Alakija ever care? Like Bermuda and Santiago…Get the drift?

    • FasholasLover

      March 24, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Lol .Hardwork shaaa?

    • GistYinka

      March 24, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Hmmm, nice punch line.

    • Corolla

      March 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm


    • Wale

      March 24, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Only one nugget needed-be best friends with the First Lady of the country during a military administration. Run risky errands for her and you shall be very successful.

  2. zeal

    March 24, 2016 at 11:24 am

    @egghead, your head is very correct. Chop three gbosa for that statement

  3. Moyo

    March 24, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Madam, say no to corruption ke, ok please return the oil block first before we go to the other issues. Are you telling us that you got the oil block because you applied and won the bid. Tales by moonlight

    • Tee

      March 24, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      lol at tales by moonlight.. That series used to give me nightmares.

  4. babygiwa

    March 24, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Mr Egghead! You are the GOAT!
    God bless you! Your tip is the best of all!
    Lmaoooo. Don’t mind her. She forgot that one.

  5. Tea

    March 24, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Another tip, be diligent in ur work and always be nice, warm and friendly with all ur customers. lick their ass if need be.
    She did such a good work designing Mariam Babangida’s wardrobe that they just had to dash her oil block before leaving govt.

  6. NG

    March 24, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Surprised at the few comments here. Double standards?

  7. nene

    March 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    which tip is she giving? wasn’t it the former first lady that gave her an oil block? succeeding from oil money is a no brainer.

  8. bbbbbb

    March 24, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Ohhhh this woman should stop trying to deceive people na. Alakija formula for success: tailor + corrupt politicians wife = free oil block

  9. Neni

    March 24, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Apart from the many sexist undertones with which people often debase her wealth… Is it normal for people to OWN oil blocs? Like, why is it a thing? It’s not their inherited land from their fathers, it’s a resource that’s supposed to belong to the government… I’m really serious no shade here, can someone explain to me?

    • Obi

      March 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Are you 5 years old??

    • Na WA o

      March 26, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Okay Mr-Not-5-Years-Old can you please answer the question or walk past? Me I don’t live in Nigeria and I don’t know, so please answer us Mr-Know-It-All

  10. Joker

    March 24, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    “Say no to corruption” are you – kidding me??????

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