Folorunso Alakija, a Nigerian billionaire businesswoman and real estate mogul, has been named the continent’s second richest woman.
Alakija is the richest woman in Nigeria, according to Forbes, an American business magazine owned by Integrated Whale Media Investments and the Forbes family.
Alakija, who was born on July 15, 1951 in Ikorodu, Lagos State, is also the founder and managing director of Rose of Sharon.
Alakija was ranked second in the list of Africa’s wealthiest women for 2022, trailing Isabel Dos Santos of Angola, who is worth $2.2 billion.
Hajia Bola Hajaya, a businesswoman and fashion enthusiast whose net worth is estimated to be about $630 million is another Nigerian woman on the list dominated mostly by South Africa.
The list included people who are worth at least $10 million and their financial muscles make them influential figures in society.
Alakija’s money came from real estate, oil and gas, and the fashion printing industry.
Hajaya is also the chief executive officer of Bolmus group of and the founder of Voyage oil.
Ngina Kenyatta, popularly known as “Mama Ngina”, the former First Lady of Kenya is the only Kenyan woman on the list. Ngina is the widow of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, mother of Uhuru Kenyatta, the incumbent president of Kenya.
South Africa, with six women, dominated the list of wealthiest women in Africa.