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“I Want More Money!” Says Folorunsho Alakija on the Cover of Today’s Woman Magazine July 2016 Edition



Today's Woman_ July_Cover_Folorunsho Alakija_BellaNaija_2016Nigerian oil & gas maven, fashion designer and philanthropist Folorunsho Alakija covers Today’s Woman Magazine July 2016 issue – a collector’s item for all!

For the first time ever the astute business woman Folorunsho Alakija is setting the record straight about being the richest black woman in the world, Maryam Babangida giving her that oil block, her personal covenant with God and loads more!

Keeping her covenant with God she talks about her Rose of Sharon Foundation and Rose of Sharon Glorious Ministry, telling TWM exclusively,

“I want more money so I can help more widows and orphans and do more of his work”.

The magazines fashion editorial showcases pieces from some of the hottest Nigerian labels to guide your summer choices, plus celebrity stylist Jane Michael shows us six ways to style a basic white shirt for great versatility.

Today’s Woman is out now with an online edition available in one week on your iPad, iPhone or Android device.

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Here is a quick preview of the magazine!

Today's Woman_ July_Cover_Folorunsho Alakija_BellaNaija_2016_Page 77 Today's Woman_ July_Cover_Folorunsho Alakija_BellaNaija_2016_Page 43 Today's Woman_ July_Cover_Folorunsho Alakija_BellaNaija_2016_Page 33

Photographer:  TY Bello | @tybello
Cover Story: Syreeta Akinyede
Makeup: Meekness For Ravishing
Hair: Tasala HQ | @tasalahq


  1. bruno

    July 9, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    return those oil blocks back, u are not from niger delta. all in favour say I

    • Bruness

      July 9, 2016 at 11:41 pm


    • NigerDeltaCitizen

      July 10, 2016 at 2:50 am

      Bruno me dear, thank you. At a time when the yields from the 50 year pillaging of the Niger Delta has come to fruition by way of absolute chaos, I wonder if these types of articles are perhaps intended to mock us Niger Deltans. We have heard now that our property was given to you as a gift and we received the pollution in return. Please dont rub it in our faces. Moreover, I want to see real data from your philanthropy. What has permanently changed in the lives of widows? What transformation is attributable to you? Let me go back to sleep. Mrs. Alakija, come and see the mayhem we suffer because of the rabid extortion of the Niger Delta that has gone on for 50 years, and that you are party to. Please go in to your secret corner and thank God he gave you Mrs. Babangida as a customer and friend so that you could become a billionaire and leave us alone.

  2. ElessarisElendil

    July 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Keeping up with the Gates!

    Dear FIRS please note that the marginal tax rate for earners in her status in the United States is 40%, can we copy them. More money more taxes.

    • Enn

      July 9, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Such a spiteful comment..why didn’t u advise ’em to emulate d U.S govt by putting the tax they collect presently to transparently good use..God doesn’t bless a spiteful heart,get over ur self?

    • ElessarisElendil

      July 10, 2016 at 1:53 am

      Part of the problem with Nigeria.

      A. This isn’t one of the many articles detailing Nigeria’s bad governance, why would I go offtopic???


      USA: 29.6%

      Nigeria: 6.1%

      USA GDP: $16 trillion

      Nigeria: $500bn

      Has it maybe occurred to you that the government does not collect as much as it should in taxes???

      To put it into perspective:

      Ghana: 20.8%

      South Africa: 26.9%

      Dear Nigerian government put our taxes to good use. Look at that, I can multi-task.

    • Engoz

      July 10, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Lol. Damn Nigeria at 6.1%????? Didn’t know that. The rich is really enjoying o.

  3. Anoni Moss

    July 9, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Don’t we all?

  4. damilola

    July 9, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Ms folurunsho, you don’t need more money to help. Just say, you need more money for your own personal gain. Keep in mind, you are not taking any with you. There are several people with less money than you, not even a millionaire who are making huge impact and helping others like they have millions. You already have enough, let’s see the help you are doing first.

    Oprah, a billionaire like you opened an academy school for girls in south Africa. She gives out scholarships to Morehouse students. So, black men whinning she’s anti black men, do your research first. Several other charities that she’s done.

    • Tosin

      July 10, 2016 at 2:49 am

      She probably needs help. A lot of people need help. The way you give reflects who you are and I’m sure if she’s serious about giving she can learn and get help. Whatevs. Her problem.

      By the way, yes to higher taxes to help people like her funnel their excess into wealth for all.

  5. Naijatalk

    July 9, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Just keep helping and He who you entered a covenant with will keep multiplying without your asking. Remember He knows our needs, and wants.

  6. Ranyinudo

    July 9, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    There ‘s enough money and resources for every ones need…..and not their GREED!
    *Singing….I am content with what I have, little be it or small…..*

  7. Ranyinudo

    July 9, 2016 at 11:32 pm


  8. Segi

    July 9, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    True…she needs more money to pump into the local cancer research projects in the country, money to establish a medical lab in one of the teaching government hospitals, more money to nail the polio eradication program, more money for the 1000 women empowerment program she has been running. More money to build a girl academy; similar to Oprah; who she is richer than. Yes, Mrs… you do need more money, guess when you have quadruple of your present worth you become less greedy and more giving!

    • Truth hurts

      July 10, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Funny how people be bringing up ideas on how to spend other people’s money, but to support the poor woman with 3 children on their Street, them no fit.
      Mrs. Folorunsho is one of those quiet philanthropists who does not advertise what she does for people. We as Nigerians need to stop our hateful and spiteful mentality towards each other. Bet if she was not faithful with the little she was doing, she probably may have squandered it much earlier. God bless us all. #truthhurts

  9. ElessarisElendil

    July 10, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Reply Enn.

  10. Victor Adegoke

    July 10, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Even the Rich want More Wealth!

  11. Ariere

    July 10, 2016 at 8:09 am

    The World’s richest Black woman Who is a Citizen of one of the Poorest Countries in the World. What an Irony.

    Your wealth is meaningless if it doesn’t Have an impact On less privileged lives.

  12. BET

    July 10, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Good morning

    Please, does anyone know the military ruler whose speech was used as an opening in Olamide’s song “Oga nla ft Pasuma”?


  13. Regina

    July 10, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I hope the people here happily telling a woman that she’s greedy and not doing enough to help the country will do the same to Mr Dangote, Mr Adenuga and the other rich Nigerian men who run businesses and are billionaires, and who also want to make more money (they certainly are not doing it solely because they want Nigeria to be a better place)..

    Mrs Alakija is not the FG, neither are other Nigerian billionaires. Their role is not to lift everyone in the country–that is for you and me to do by electing people who can get things done. Saying “You’re rich, you fix it,” is abdicating your responsibility at best, and at worst puts a democracy in danger and in the hands of those who can afford to buy power and access.

    Her work with Rose of Sharon is vitally important. We sit on our smartphones and our computers and judge, but for the women who receive those microloans and have a chance to build something for themselves, it is earthshaking. It is an opportunity not typically offered to them because our society reviles women for making money (too much, too little and everything in between), and at the same time, abandons them with no resources because they must become dependent on male relatives if tragedy happens.

    Mrs Alakija does not have the resources to change Nigeria on her own, or even focus on all the widows.

    • Sigh!

      July 12, 2016 at 3:01 am

      Madam Alakija was given an oil block that belongs to the country. You can’t compare her to Dangote!

  14. Anonymous

    July 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Madam Alikija! I am livid at that statement, “I need more money to ……” and hope it was taken out of context. What do you mean?! He that is faithful in little shall be faithful in much. I refuse to believe the resources churned daily from the “oil block” you have isn’t enough to help. Cause if that’s your message, then I sense you are both a greedy and an ungrateful woman. The nerve to say you need more money to help ………!! Please be thankful for what you have and help if really want to. I want more ko, I want more ni……mschewwwwww.

  15. Letty

    July 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Its amazing how ppl get so greedy and out of touch when they become rich….she has forgotten the days of humble beginnings even before supreme stitches only in nija will a money miss road person say this…she sees the grinding poverty around her and she has the stupid nerve…wickedness

    • Anonymous

      July 10, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Sorry to disappoint you but she’s from a wealthy family. Went to private school in England.

  16. triad

    July 10, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    @ BET, the name of the military ruler is Idi Amin Dada!

  17. Cece

    July 10, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    All I wanna know is how this article ended up under the ‘Inspired’ section of Bella Naija. Kindly tell us how it can inspire anyone?

  18. Letty

    July 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Yorubas in general believe in educating their kids
    especially in England..even the middle and lower middle class yorubas will do whatever it takes to send their sons and daughters to England.even if they have to borrow….so going to school in England does not directly correlate with being wealthy… still does not take away from the crassness of her comment. Wealthy ppl should conduct themselves with dignity because wealth gotten from honest hardwork gives a sense of peace that does not seek to intimidate, brag or show off..

  19. BET

    July 11, 2016 at 11:30 am

    @Triad… Thanks so much

  20. Prince

    July 11, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    And more money you will have.

  21. Tikka Masala

    July 12, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    This stupid greedy woman! And why is TW allowing her to rehash this her dead horse story on the oil blocks and feeding widows again? What a JOKER!!! #nothating – but madam should pls take several seats. She’s not adding ANY value to this society. NONE! widows ko, widows ni. By dashing them a bag of rice every Xmas ni? #rubbishnonsense

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