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Folorunso Alakija launches “Flourish Africa” as a Global Community for Women Empowerment



This morning, the Vice Chairman of Famfa Oil Ltd., currently one of the largest indigenous Nigerian owned exporters of crude oil, Folorunso Alakija, officially launched “Flourish Africa”, a non-profit organization aimed at creating a global community that encourages and helps women to thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Her latest initiative is designed to create a platform for both female millennials, and adults alike, to have access to information that will help them grow in the areas of career, living, love and relationships and inspirational messages from leading change makers.

“Flourish Africa” is an idea that was conceived to create a community of like-minded women, who share their individual experiences and encourage each other to be who God has created them to be. It is a platform designed for women by women to empower both the young and the old to flourish.

The online platform, the first phase of a series of initiatives under the “Flourish Africa” umbrella, is designed to help women in all aspects of their lives.

Folorunso Alakija who is also the founder of the Rose of Sharon Foundation (an NGO with its focus on helping widows and orphans), has been an advocate of empowering women for many years; her philanthropic work has improved the lives of thousands of women and orphans in Nigeria.

While “Flourish Africa” is aimed primarily at women, she points out that its message can relate to both genders stating:

I believe both men and women can benefit from the ethos of the “Flourish Africa” platform. I know that given the opportunity, women have the power to change the course of any nation and together, we can break down the stereotypes that hold us all back, make our communities much stronger and greater. Together we can create the world where every woman understands their true value and have the tools at their disposal to follow their dreams.

“Flourish Africa” is a worldwide movement, but it is ultimately rooted in the local realm. The organization wants to begin by empowering women in Nigeria through several initiatives that will run throughout the year to enrich the lives of women both locally and internationally. Per Alakija, there is a need for more spaces in the online community where women can engage in intellectual discourse and uplift, empower, and inspire each other no matter what age.

The “Flourish Africa” concept stems from Alakija’s assertion that:

Many women have the potential to be great. If we form a community of like-minded individuals who share a common goal and purpose, we can pull together, make an impact in every community we find ourselves and ultimately, flourish.

Watch Flourish Africa’s welcome message below


  1. NG

    August 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    So much taken from the Niger Delta and so little given back. What initiatives for the Niger Delta specifically, whose wealth has given you such platform and opportunity through influence peddling and nothing else. A form of the corruption Deziani is hounded for? Deziani, who knows what oil polluted environment looks like.

    The pitiable ones are the Niger Deltans who like the foolish animals of folklore, fell for tortoise’s tricks by giving up their aged parents to be eaten in famine while tortoise his his parents at his turn to donate them.

    Corruption fight may be away from you madam because you tidied up better than Deziani, but please for conscience sake, find initiatives to return part of the Niger Delta loot. Port Harcourt deserves great strides in development like Lagos and Abuja, if not more deserving.

    • RealNigerian

      August 22, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      I hear you NG (and I am NOT from the Niger Delta).

      Whatever little handout madam can throw out in form of “initiative” will never cut it. The only true solution and justice for all the states in Nigeria is decentralization (i.e implementation of the confederal report recommendation). When all states are given the autonomy to manage themselves and use their resources for their state, then we can see real change in Nigeria.

      Niger Delta has a very bright future because it is booming with potential. Forget oil, that region is surrounded with water, imagine having a port in that area. May God bring us to the age when Nigeria will stop being managed like and empire.

  2. Soso

    August 30, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Even though I am not from the ND, I am married there and have been working in that industry. If people knew the truth of how much money is sunk in the ND, I doubt they would advocate so much in favour of the people of the ND. ALL the IOCs, and practically all the Indigenous operators & contractors respectively and together spend in excess of US $1Billion in the ND per annum. Imagine how much that is. The ND people are only a microcosm of the Nigerian people – driven mostly by selfish desires.

    They insist operators and contractors award contracts to them, pay in full and then don’t do the job. When outside contractors come to do the job they have been fully paid for, they request additional payments, threatening vandalism, kidnap and death and in a lot of cases, carry their threats out. Their so called leaders either fail to declare to the communities all the funds they have taken from the companies or they outrightly lie and play victim.

    There are so many communities within the ND that ought to be flourishing and the companies are willing to make that happen, but rather than advance communal interests, their leaders prefer to divert funds for personal use. Scholarship grants meants for outstanding students are misappropriated. The leaders mislead and misinform their people and the rest of the country.

    Yes, the companies have a responsibility to restore the environment and improve their society, but they cannot do so without the cooperation, participation and dedication of the people themselves. In essence, the ND people, like the rest of Nigerian people, are not TRULY ready for and interested in true progress.

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