Billionaire Folorunsho Alakija, Africa’s richest woman, poses for a photograph following a Bloomberg interview in Lagos, Nigeria, on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. XXXSecond sentence hereXXX. Photographer: George Osodi/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Folorunsho AlakijaFollowing the opening episode of the highly anticipated Forbes Africa TV show which premiered exclusively on GH One TV last Wednesday with Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, the sensational new talk show hosted by the Forbes Africa Correspondent, Peace Hyde, is gearing up this Wednesday for another explosive episode with the second richest woman in Africa, oil billionaire Folorunsho Alakija with an estimated net worth of $1.82 billion according to Forbes.
Mrs. Alakija whose wealth is only exceeded by Isabel Dos Santos with a net worth of $3.2 billion, had to overcome several challenges in her journey to the top. From beginning her career as a company secretary to launching one of the most prominent fashion labels as well as building the largest printing company in Nigeria and finally making a mark as the only prominent female in the competitive and patriarchal oil industry, Alakija is no stranger to set backs.
But the question is, how did she deal with the day when every thing she had toiled for was stripped away from her leaving her and her family feeling like a plaque in the high society they had grown accustomed to?