Alakija has been acclaimed the richest woman in Africa. In 2014, she
unseated talk-show celebrity, Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of
and Executive Vice-Chairman, Famfa Oil Limited according to Forbes has
an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion.Recently, Effects met her at the
unveiling of ACF; an initiative meant to harness the potentials of
Nigeria’s entertainment industry during which she kept faith in Nigeria.
This, she juxtaposed with exploring Nollywood as a vehicle of
rebranding Nigeria. The philanthropist also spoke on her youthful looks
at 66 and her road to success.
shocked! I relax by working and doing more work. That is because I enjoy
working. However, I look forward to the time I can relax with members
of my family. Aside that, I enjoy doing the work of God so much.
upon my life. I started exercising my body about three or four years
ago. Three times in a week, I seek the every opportunity to tell my
trainer not to come to my place (laughter). I don’t know if that has
anything to do with the youthfulness you’re talking about. I eat
anything and everything. So, I don’t think it is has anything to do with
exercising. I am learning to eat right. In totality, I would attribute
it to the grace of God upon me. Coupled with that is the fact that I’m
surrounded by friends and family members who give me peace. So, if you
have peace, you would have joy and if you have joy, you would look
younger than your age. I attribute everything to God.
found it difficult to answer the question. In fact, I want to live that
question to those coming behind me to answer. Maybe, someday when I must
have gone to the great beyond, I can look down and begin to listen,
watch and hear what they have to say about me.
sure the venture is coming from their hearts; it must be their hearts
desire because there are many challenges to be faced. Nothing goes from
the lowest to the highest level overnight. Perseverance is a tool that
we must imbibe and they must realise that nothing drops on anybody’s
laps just like that. So, working
hard to achieve an objective is key. Anybody can aspire and want to be
one thing or another but I assure you, there are challenges along the
way; there are numerous hurdles. So, that you desire it and want it does
not mean that you will achieve your dream so easily.
the challenges they will meet along the way. But they should look at the
light at the end of the tunnel. They should find that light and make
their way towards it because there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Distractions will come, challenges will come but if you are focussed
right from the beginning and if it comes from your heart that you want
to be this or that, including becoming an entrepreneur, they will
in Nigeria. There is no way we will talk about it and not mention
corruption. Corruption will face you stark naked but you have to
confront and overcome it and the only way you can overcome it is by
holding strongly to your God. You have to trust God for everything, do
you understand? God will always make a way for you.There is no way you
will talk about God and you would not face challenges. There will always
be issues when you’re asked to do things your religion doesn’t permit.
It depends on how you talk to your God. He will always make a way for
deficit in your area of business or whatever you do. Starting with
electricity. If there is adequate power, profit would be doubled.
However, you will face challenge from people who want to take away what
you have made. I am talking about armed robbers and those who believe
that what you have belongs to them. They will always complain ‘why
should it always be you you and not them.’ Road networks is another
challenge. Funding is another challenge. Which bank will believe in you
and want to invest in your dream. But I always advise. start small. I’m
the greatest advocate of Ayo Megbeope who started her moi moi business
with N1000 and today she is raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars
in turnover and that has brought her into the limelight. The fact that
she started small, she was focused and determined landed her in the
white house on two occasions. The list is endless but like I said, you
must be focused and determined and to achieve your dreams.
God that I took that decision. That was 26 years ago. It was a sad
experience I had and I was looking for God everywhere and I realised
that the place to find him was in my heart. God told me to surrender my
heart to Him and I gave my heart to Jesus.