My Biggest Regret Is Not Having A Female Child – Nigeria’s Richest Woman, Folorunsho Alakija Reveals

 


The richest woman in Nigerian, Folorunsho Alakija, has been in the news for a while now. Just some few days, the oil mogul revealed in a Facebook post that she accepted her oil bloc out of faith and here she is today, a billionaire.

This statement didn’t go well with most Nigerians as they believe she only got the oil bloc through the connection she had with people in power.

In a recent interview, Folorunsho Alakija spoke on her philanthropy, family and meeting the current richest woman in Africa and more.

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When asked if her passion for women and girls empowerment was fueled by the fact that she don’t have a girl child, she said:
“No. The passion I have about women comes first from the fact that God has called me to help widows and orphan children. The other area is because of my entrepreneurial mentality. I realised that the world could be a better place to live in if everybody has money. I was born into a family of entrepreneurs. Right from a tender age, I have been seeing how people trade and are making money.
“How can the world leave out over 50 per cent of its population – women – in the scheme of things? When all hands are on deck, then we can achieve our goals. That is the idea of my philanthropic activities. I would love to see a better world where women are being given the opportunity to make the world a better place.”

On her plans about joining politics, she said:
“God has not called me to politics. I know that I am not the only one around. There are those who would be interested in that area. For now, it is not my calling. I would certainly not object to people with such aspirations. In whatever way I can support, I would but if it is something that would bring me into the limelight, I would take a step back.”
When asked if she has met the current richest African woman, Isabel do Santos, who just dethroned her, she said:
“Yes, I met her at a conference in South Africa about five years ago. I went up to her to introduce myself. Unfortunately, she did not have her complimentary card on her at the time. I have not seen her since then.”

On her biggest regret, she said:
“I would have said I would have loved to have a female child. But I can’t say that now because God has been merciful. We have two female grandchildren already. They made up for it.”

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According to Folorunsho Alakija, the biggest decision she has ever made in life is giving her life to Christ:
“Giving my life to Christ. At the time I did, I wondered what took me so long and why I did not know him before that. That was 27 years ago. I give him all the glory.”

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