By Mwayi Mekemeke 18/12/2013
Nigerian richest woman who is also world black richest woman, Folorunso Alakija, departed for Nigeria Tuesday at around 10:00 am after attending African Wards event that was held at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
She was in the country for a two-day visit in receiving an award for contribution towards Access to Economic and Social Welfare Rights on Monday. Alakija was seen off by Malawi President Dr. Joyce Banda who is also dubbed Africa’s most powerful and influential woman.
Among other women who received the African Women Awards was Chief Justice Anastasia Msosa from Malawi who gets an award for contribution towards Access to Justice and Equal Protection before Law.
Former Somalia First Lady, Asha Haji Elmi, who received an award for contribution towards Right to Peace and Litha Musyimi-Ogana from Kenya who received an award for contribution to Participation in the Political and Decision –Making Progress.
This paper found that Alakija went to school in Europe embarking on a career in banking.
Alakija took a leap of faith and followed her heart and creative calling to establish her own business in the Nigerian fashion industry.
“A Christian since 1991, Alakija draws her strength from her unfaltering belief in the power and glory of God. Her philanthropic endeavours, such as the Rose of Sharon Foundation, continue to positively influence her native land by empowering widows and their families as well as orphans to be successful through educational programs and scholarships,” reads part of her profile.
Alakija with her husband founded the Rose of Sharon Glorious Ministry International as a house fellowship and it has grown to become a full-fledged Ministry in Nigeria.
According to her profile, at 62, Alakija oversees her businesses and philanthropic enterprises working tirelessly with boundless energy, and follows her evangelical calling with unbridled devotion, hoping to inspire the younger generation with her motto ‘whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well’.
She has authored several books including her autobiography and was also declared the richest black woman in the world, replacing Oprah Winfrey.
She also promotes Nigerian culture through fashion and style. She has forayed into related businesses such as the Rose of Sharon Prints and Promotions specialises in monogramming and screen printing for promotional and gift items, while Digital Reality Print Limited specialises in highly technical digital large format printing.