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“Only God could have given me a husband for almost forty years in marriage that is still growing strong” – Folorunsho Alakija



Nigerian businesswoman Folorunsho Alakija, who is the 2nd richest African woman and also the third richest black woman in the world, took some time to celebrate her husband of almost forty years today.

She posted a photo of them together on Facebook and captioned it: “Only God could have given me a husband for almost forty years in marriage that is still growing strong. His name forever be praised!”folorunsho-alakija

Folorunsho and her husband Modupe got married back in 1976 and they have a four children together.

See the photo she posted below.



  1. Good to hear

    November 18, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    We should start celebrating such marriage to discourage takes God’s grace to find one’s missing rib.Happy celebration Ma.

    • nknn

      November 18, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Lool! Trust me, because a Nigerian woman is praising her husband on social media, it doesn’t mean… I say no more
      Nigerians swear that a marriage that has lasted long is a good marriage. Then they snidely mock divorce, then also bash women and even men that stay in bad marriages

    • Yahoo

      November 18, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      @nknn I second what you saying though.a longer lasting marriage does not always mean a happy great marriage.Even some of our mothers may attest to that.Some marriages have lasted that long but because couples are enjoying it but rather enduring it.Some husbands especially chase everything in skirts but some poor wives have to stay in the marriage because of this ‘African proverb’=for the sake of your kids

    • LemmeRant

      November 18, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Whatever makes you sleep better at night.

    • Skillo

      November 18, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      SALTY hateful spiteful bishes. THAT IS what you are. This woman went through life with her man. She had kids for him, he stayed and took care of them with her. She went into business, and he helped her grow it (and did not criticize her or behave like jealous men often do). When she was having issues with the government who seized the main asset of the company, THEY fought together. Happy anniversary ma. Good men(not perfect men) are hard to find. Your husband is a good man, and you deserve to celebrate a good man.

    • Anon.

      November 18, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      So in defending Folorunsho Alakija you guys bashed single women and divorcees ? Disgusting lemmerant and other commenters, you’re all the same. Hypocrites

    • Damilola

      November 18, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Any marriage can be celebrated, healthy and well rounded marriage is not the norm and it’s not usually celebrated on social media.
      Bella naija, it’s very unfair and unprofessional for your dedicated readers to go through this. What happened to your editing team? Is this a prank or what? Please don’t fall into the typical Nigerian mindset of starting good then deteriorate along the way with a nonchalant attitude. You should have the drive to strive to be better than before. Unless, you are thinking of closing down the website.

    • Nkech

      November 18, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      People are so bitter and one can tell by some comments. If a woman considers herself blessed to have a husband she calls her own at this age, why can’t people just be happy for her. After all not many wealthy woman have balanced family lives. She is very rich and still married with 4boys and a granddaughter. That is success. I celebrate and rejoice with you and as I do, may God have mercy on me and answer my prayers.

    • Nancy

      November 18, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      There are a lot of unhappy, single and miserable women on BN.


      So to you guys nothing can be genuinely, truly and proudly real.
      Wow!!!! These comments are just nuts…

    • Mama

      November 18, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      How do you know the person that made the comment is single? You people will forever stay #singleshaming. Na by force to marry? Mtchewww.

    • Oneliners

      November 19, 2016 at 3:14 am

      Single women in Africa are happier…they only realize it after they get married.

    • Marlvina

      November 18, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Na wa o! Can’t one be married for a long time without any issues of infidelity or stuff? Are these comments even necessary? Except you have scandals of their marriage at your finger tips, then you can speak! Even at that, she’s happy, let her celebrate her marriage. Happy anniversary to you Ma!

    • john

      November 19, 2016 at 7:43 am

      wrong ..contrary to the shreieking banshess here..marriage is celebrated except on BN where the frustrated single ladies from broken homes and divorcees celebrates and high five when a relationship crashes so as to make themselves feel better
      …misery loves company

    • Curious

      November 19, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Mr John, this ya spelling is one in town oh “shreieking”??? Hian! Biko were ya nwayo o!

    • mujer

      November 19, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      Ehn? Na Niger Delta money kill am oh. We are just looking for acknowledgement since we cannot touch the money.

  2. EE

    November 18, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Somebody is gearing up to run for President. We’ve experienced this sort of media blitz before.

    • Tosin

      November 18, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Her hunger and thirst are just so glaring. Please she should hurry up and do whichever one she’s trying to do. All these silly photo-ops and praise-the-Lords are stomach-churning.

  3. Engoz

    November 18, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    “Nigerian businesswoman Folorunsho Alakija, who is the richest African woman and also the richest woman of black woman in the world…”

    Jeezzzz, which kain grammar be this? BN have mercy on us. Speak pidgin instead abeg.
    Your gaffes don do, biko.

  4. Guys Perspective

    November 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Bellanaija please do us a favor, and hire an editor.

    • Teju TJ

      November 18, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      As in. This is getting too much. It has become very difficult to ignore.

  5. Ijebujesha

    November 18, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I dont even understand their continued emphasis on richest this, richest that..Nigerians and materialism. That’s why the useless country will be perpetually useless.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 18, 2016 at 3:46 pm


    • Nahum

      November 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm



      November 18, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      @Ijebujesha, back to sender in JESUS’ Name, AMEN!

  6. Anon

    November 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    “Folorunsho and her husband Modupe got married back in 1976 and they have a son together, Rotimi Alakija.”

    Really? Like really?

    This same platform has plastered her family pictures, go back in time please..

  7. Wunmi

    November 18, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    They have just a son? Shebi they said they have 4 Boys #confusedface??‍♀️??

  8. amebo

    November 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    @ a Real Nigerian,are you sugabelly?

    • Denzel

      November 18, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Yeah because all feminists are the same and angry. Sugabelly has shared more controversial posts but I doubt she’s the one.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 18, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Who is Sugarbelly?

    • Marlvina

      November 18, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      She’s Hadiza for sure!

  9. Biols

    November 18, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    please who knows where someone can design/ print something like this

  10. hadiza

    November 18, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    This hag should just shut up already. My parents have been married for thirty years, my mum should be celebrating right?? he cheats on her, verbally abuses her and she stays “because of her kids”. I hate her for being so weak n tolerating his trash. It’s never how long, but how well. for all we know, he may be cheating and u cry yourself to sleep every night but can’t leave him because u like being a Mrs. just be quiet already

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 18, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      I’m sorry, sister. Your dad is one f#%ked up beast.

    • Positive

      November 18, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Go easy on her as she is not your mum. Sorry about your situation but please stop the generalization.

  11. Disguised

    November 18, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Richest woman abi??? Why would the man leave her??? Everything seem to be rosey. Have you not seen women that organise young girls for their husbands???? Hisssss!!!!

  12. Darius

    November 18, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    @Hadiza, now I can understand why you are so staunchly and unrepentantly anti-men. My dear, your are carrying a heavy cross and I suggest you lay it down and have yourself some rest. Your hatred for men is gonna make you a perpetually angry and frustrated person. Free your mind and enjoy life. Your father and other irresponsible men you know shouldn’t be the yardstick for judging millions of other men you’ve never met.

  13. Ada

    November 18, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    @hadiza I feel your pain I swear my parents wahala has fucked. Up me so bad that I don’t even want anything to do with marriage I even joke with my siblings that the person that introduced my parents will not make heaven. Its not by how many years oooo

  14. LemmeRant

    November 18, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Yall just keep amazing me. It seems you can’t get over the fact that a rich Nigerian woman would choose to celebrate her husband. I wonder what y’all will do to your spouses if you have a quarter of the money this woman has.

    So the husband has now become a leech abi? Because he left her when she wasn’t a billionaire. Or did she tell you her father was a billionaire.

    All this divorcees go they vex anyhow. Must every marriage crash like your own. I know that the Chinamanda whom you worship will never type this about her husband that’s why its so weird for you. Or wait o, Izit because he’s not tall dark and handsome (I know women are superficial but………….)

    I don’t understand all these stories y’all are cooking up. Aside from the shady way she got her money. What do you have against this woman’s marriage. Abeg just carry your negativity commot. That’s probably why you’re where you are.

    At least if you don’t want to celebrate your own spouse, let the ones who want to do.

    • Netizen

      November 18, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Who mentioned here that he’s a leech now? Guilty conscience is worrying you. Are you a leech to your wife?
      As for Mrs Alakija, her life, her marriage, are business. Seeing her interviews tho, I wouldn’t take her as a role model on marriage. The woman still believes she’s this great because hubby ALLOWED her. I’d rather stick to my parents.

    • Nancy

      November 18, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      And what is wrong if she belives she is great because of her husband?
      Abeg move jor.
      Must everyone agree with your ideology.
      When you get a magazine spread you can celebrate your success without mentioning your husband but don’t tell her to act as if her husband did not help if she wants to.
      Live and let live. Ha’an!

    • Netizen

      November 19, 2016 at 12:17 am

      @nancy abeg swerve. Read my comment again. I said her life, her choices. But she cannot be my role model because our ideologies don’t tally. So why are you finding it difficult to breathe? Must my ideology tally with hers? You need comprehension skills sis. It’s you who needs to live and let live.

    • Nitomeya

      November 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Na wah oh, this is not healthy. A women cannot acknowledge her man again in peace. Well one should never take anonymous comments seriously again because you don’t know where they are talking from.

    • Disguised

      November 19, 2016 at 1:11 am

      Na way oo. She is rich soo everything must be rosey: chef, house keepers nothing for the man to complain about to put a strain on thier marriage na. Chill before u reply people and why don’t u just comment instead of looking for someone to attack.

      I just heard my neighbour gets young girls for her husband.

      Congratulations ma, I’m a fan cos I admire her.

    • Idomagirl

      November 19, 2016 at 9:51 am

      OMG! Please don’t tell me the girls are underaged? ??

  15. Idomagirl

    November 18, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Happy anniversary to them. ❤

  16. Loki

    November 19, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Bellanaija, what’s going on? Why do you no longer care for proper grammar in your articles? In your ENTIRE organisation, is there no one whose job it is to proof read/edit?
    I’m not sure your target audience will stand for this for long; they’re quite finicky…

  17. demashi

    November 19, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Congratulations to them. There are tons of happy marriages out there but we tend to focus on the undesirable ones. Theirs looks like one of the happy ones, just like my parents who have been 40 years together and are a prime example of true genuine love.

  18. Adapada.

    November 19, 2016 at 4:49 am

    @ijebujesha, your words and your evil will return upon your own head, it is you who will be ensnared by the words of your own mouth, yours and every other tongue raised in agreement with you, through likes, or any other means, against Nigeria in judgment are condemned right now and immediately, let your tongues now fall back upon yourselves but the Word of our God concerning Nigeria and His Counsel alone shall stand forever and shall come to reality; the glory of God in and on Nigeria and of His fulfilled Divine Destiny for Nigeria shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together in JESUS’ Name, Amen.

    • GimmeaBreak

      November 19, 2016 at 6:17 am

      Sharrap there…..she was dashed oil block, she does not deserve recognition

    • Idomagirl

      November 19, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Abegi, upon all the prayers and prophecies the country is still messed up and getting worse.
      Abeg let’s hear word.
      Ijebujesha said nothing to warrant all these curses, this is what irritates me with Nigerian Christians, small thing you begin to quote verses out of context and cursing people recklessly.

  19. Cisca

    November 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Wenever i read these comments i just laugh at loud……

  20. Keyyna

    November 19, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Some people want to quench and hang themselves like Judas Iscariot on top an influential woman whose name is ‘google and wikipedia worthy’ and can open doors all over the world. While some people can’t think outside the box in Nigeria and make a name for themselves, they will be waiting for BUHARI or the next President. A woman who is old enough to be some people’s great grandmother. A woman who is showing the unmarried or people aspiring to be married that it’s possible to be married to the same man for 40 years and counting. Unfortunately, the fashion of most marriages in the world today is ‘rush in and rush out’ style. Full of excuses as to why a marriage ended. No one wants to tolerate or live in peace or love UNCONDITIONALLY the SPOUSE THEY CHOSE. Even so called Christian will read in the bible where Jesus said we should forgive one another about 490 times, which is a practical example. And one question is CAN YOUR SPOUSE CHEAT ON YOU 490 TIMES? If NOT, he/she can be forgiven and then subtly punished in your own way or live the vengeance to God. If so, well SORRY YOU MADE THE WRONG CHOICE. DEAL WITH IT OR REMAIN SINGLE. ITS FREE , FUN AND NOT BAD TO BE SINGLE TOO. Everyday we see on social media- NEWS FLASH- Husband kills/ beats wife or Wife kills/ beats husband. People want to be jumping from one marriage to another because of frivolous complaints. So when they see something real, they will bad mouth.

  21. Hannah

    November 22, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Nkech, your post is on point. She is worth celebrating. She is rich but still has a marriage of such age with four children to show. It takes grace, to be that rich and still hold up your home. I say congratulations to her and her husband.

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