Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, executive vice chairman of Famfa Oil, one of the largest deep water oil discoveries in Nigeria with a joint partnership with international giants Chevron and Petrobras, is on the cover of the August 2016 edition of Forbes Africa.
Alakija is the second richest woman of African decent with an estimated net worth of $1.73 billion. Her rise to becoming the second richest woman of African decent behind Isabel dos Santos and the fourth richest person in Nigeria came after an extraordinary fight with the Federal Government of Nigeria.
In her exclusive interview with Forbes Africa correspondent, Peace Hyde, Alakija tells her amazing journey from a company secretary to building one of the most renowned fashion houses in Nigeria culminating in the experience that led her to ultimately take on the Nigerian government in an 11 year battle and win.
‘There were a lot of sleepless nights and battles. Suddenly we became the plague, friends stopped picking up our calls and people were asking why we could not be content with 10 percent’, says Alakija in the exclusive interview.