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“There were a lot of sleepless nights and battles” Folorunsho Alakija covers August Edition of Forbes Africa Magazine



She’s got a head for business and fists for a fight!

Folorunsho Alakija is on the cover of the August 2016 edition of Forbes Africa Magazine.

Folorunsho Alakija

With an estimated net worth of $1.73 billion, Folorunsho Alakija’s rise to becoming the second richest woman of African descent behind Isabel dos Santos and the fourth richest person in Nigeria has come at an extraordinary fight against the Federal Government of Nigeria.

In her exclusive interview with Forbes Africa correspondent, Peace Hyde, Africa’s second richest woman tells her amazing journey from a company secretary to building one of the most renowned fashion houses in Nigeria culminating in the experience that led her to ultimately take on the Nigerian government in an 11 year battle and win.

She says “There were a lot of sleepless nights and battles. Suddenly we became the plague, friends stopped picking up our calls and people were asking why we could not be content with 10 percent”.

Watch the exciting behind the scenes footage below.


  1. Tari

    August 2, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Beautiful. That’s all…

  2. Gbenga

    August 2, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Her advice is quite encouraging. Keep up the good work Ma’am. Looking flawless Peace

  3. Lol

    August 2, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Very good. I read her interview where she spoke of the misconception that she was gifted the oil rig. Shady of BN to not try and clear the air on that. She prayed and fasted for 3 years to get the license and didn’t even get the oil bloc she bid for. If it were that easy, Maryam B would have had one herself (but she didn’t).

    • Noname

      August 2, 2016 at 11:29 am

      All na story. Na who tell you say Maryam IBB no get one?

  4. rose

    August 2, 2016 at 10:49 am

    I have always loved this outstanding woman……….someday i see myself way higher……..Amen

    • Folu

      August 3, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Very inspiring

  5. Madman

    August 2, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Can someone gift me an oil block so that I can have sleepless nights??

    • missnk

      August 2, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      abi? me too, I’ve been praying and fasting for longer than her own 3 years

    • Ikido

      August 2, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      The answer to your prayers also lies in the answer to the question “What that mouth do?”

  6. Nothing comes free

    August 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Nobody will give you anything,you must merit it,and also place yourself in the position called relevance.

    • Houselaws

      August 2, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      In Nigeria, yes it does. They didn’t work to get it, so they can dash it out anytime. Na national cake remember. They are all thieves!!! This one just rebranded the stolen goods, that’s all!

  7. Red

    August 2, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    No wonder this country is in a mess… Paying deference to sick parasites like the lady in question. Over 50% of the country living in abject poverty because elites like ms alakija plunder the wealth and resources which should be of common heritage. How does that make sense?
    It’s time for a revolution. We can start by expropriating wealth from these thieves

    • Joe

      October 27, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      she is not a thief! Nigeria’s poverty is as a result of our politicians not our industrious entrepreneurs who go against the odd of our hard environment to thrive in business!

  8. Joe

    October 27, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    For her age, she looks radiant, most importantly I like her “God God God!” mentality, it encourages us that one can be spiritually ethical and be rich! Kudos ma’am, Thank you!

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