“I have no University degree” -Africa’s richest woman, Folorunsho Alakija

Folorunsho Alakija

Africa’s richest woman chief Mrs Folorunsho Alakija has buttressed the popular saying that people have serious stories. The wealthy woman took out time to inspire people who look up to her in a motivational post on her Instagram page.

The 67 year old woman who took over from America’s Oprah Winfrey to become the richest black woman on earth has revealed that contrary to what many believe about her, she has no university degree all because she came from a family where the female child was not considered important for tertiary education.

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In her post, Alakija also revealed that she gave her life to Christ 27 years ago and experienced a turn around for good…

It happened almost 27 years ago when I gave my life to Christ at the age of 40 and my life has not been the same ever since, I pray your life too, will experience a total turn around. 
I was born almost 67 years ago, into a large and illustrious polygamous Muslim family as number 8 out of 52 children through a father who had 8 wives.


Meanwhile, Folorunsho left the shores of Nigeria to study abroad at the tender age of 7…
Even at that age, I knew I could not afford to let my family down cause I was seen as an ambassador.

However, her dream to study law was not fulfilled because her father did not believe in investing in girls at that time.

Today, I have no university degree, but God’s glory lifted me up and I have received numerous Honorary Doctorate Degrees at home and abroad.

According to Mrs Alakija, it took her more than two and half decades to put together all that she has now… I am not an overnight success. She said.

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I have had to make sacrifices like everyone else, faced challenges but never given up.
The wealthy woman said encouraging many who believed wealth was delivered to her on a platter