In a world where people are known to be intoxicated by wealth, Africa’s second richest woman, Folorunsho Alakija, says her bank account has not changed her nor would it ever.
In an interview with Punch, the 65-year-old business woman explained why her humongous wealth has little effect on whom she is and her marriage, especially as being tagged the ‘richest woman in Africa’ by Forbes.
In her words;
“I’ve never called myself that and I just live my life. I do whatever I need to do with all joy and pleasure. It has not changed me; it will not change me and there is no amount of money that can change me, my husband and my children. That is the way we have lived our lives; we will continue being who we are as a family.”
Alakija says she never knew she would be globally known, but knew that she would be a businesswoman. She also knew that the Lord had planned that she would be successful.
Reacting to the possibility of ever venturing into politics, Alakija says she does not have affinity for it and God has not called her into politics.
According to her, there is nothing that she does that she wouldn’t first ask of God. Hear her:
“I’m a businesswoman, a philanthropist, a wife, a mother and a grandmother. All of those things keep me very busy. If he calls me into politics, he will direct me, equip me and it will be a matter of it’s your call Lord, if you send me there, I will obey. But He has not called me into politics yet.”
Alakija is ranked the second richest African woman after Isabel Dos Santos and also the third richest woman of African descent in the world.
She is a business tycoon involved in the fashion, oil and printing industries. She is the group managing director of The Rose of Sharon Group which consists of The Rose of Sharon Prints & Promotions Limited and Digital Reality Prints Limited and the executive vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Limited.
Alakija is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion. As of 2015, she is listed as the second most powerful woman in Africa after Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the 87th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.