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Folorunso Alakija On Her Humble Beginnings And How It Has Taken Over Two And A Half Decades To Build The Success You See Today

   

According to Wikipedia, Folorunso Alakija is one of the richest African women and also one of the richest black women in the world. In 2014, she temporarily unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world. She is involved in the fashion, oil and has printing industries.

She is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion. As of 2015, she is listed as the second most powerful woman in Africa and the 87th most powerful woman in the world.

She didn’t become all these in one day. To encourage her fans, she shared her childhood story on her Instagram page.

She wrote,

I would like to encourage you on my encounter with the Glory of God.
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. Back then large families were common, but what was unusual was that I was one of the very first few Nigerian children who left it’s shores to go and study abroad at such a tender age of 7.

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Even at that age, I knew I could not afford to let my family down cause I was seen as an ambassador. My desire was to study law but my Daddy 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.

All of what you now see today has taken almost two and a half decades, so I am not an overnight success. On the contrary. Through God’s grace, I am a blood bought totally forgiven, absolutely redeemed, heaven bound child of God.

I have had to make sacrifices like everyone else, faced challenges but never given up. I have not compromised myself, my values or my faith. GLORY BE TO GOD. My encounter with the glory of God When I got to my wit’s end, I covenanted with God for blessings in return for a life long work and walk with Him. To say that I did not see HIS Glory come into my life would mean I have turned God into a liar.

It is only God who could have brought me from the back burner to the front burner. He Himself orchestrated and organized by divine intervention, the beginning and continuation of our delving into the oil industry. The oil block allocated and licensed to us was not wanted by any oil company; we accepted it by faith and it has become the chief cornerstone in West Africa and Africa as a whole.

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The Government came back to “take” 50% out of our 60%, but after a 12 year battle in court, all was restored to the glory of God. God has continued to be faithful as to be expected and I am here today as part of my fulfillment of my obligations to that covenant. Therefore Receive the anointing to prosper.
Receive the anointing for God’s Glory. Receive the anointing for God to single you out for upliftment and promotion.

Don’t lose heart, don’t lose hope……………Await that coming glory upon you in Jesus Name AMEN!

#PartOne I would like to encourage you on my encounter with the Glory of God. 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. Back then large families were common, but what was unusual was that I was one of the very first few Nigerian children who left it’s shores to go and study abroad at such a 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. My desire was to study law but my Daddy 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. All of what you now see today has taken almost two and a half decades, so I am not an overnight success. On the contrary. Through God’s grace, I am a blood bought totally forgiven, absolutely redeemed, heaven bound child of God. I have had to make sacrifices like everyone else, faced challenges but never given up. I have not compromised myself, my values or my faith. GLORY BE TO GOD #FolorunsoAlakija #DaughterOfZion

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#PartTwo My encounter with the glory of God😇🙏 When I got to my wit’s end, I covenanted with God for blessings in return for a life long work and walk with Him. To say that I did not see HIS Glory come into my life would mean I have turned God into a liar. It is only God who could have brought me from the back burner to the front burner. He Himself orchestrated and organized by divine intervention, the beginning and continuation of our delving into the oil industry. The oil block allocated and licensed to us was not wanted by any oil company; we accepted it by faith and it has become the chief cornerstone in West Africa and Africa as a whole. The Government came back to “take” 50% out of our 60%, but after a 12 year battle in court, all was restored to the glory of God. God has continued to be faithful as to be expected and I am here today as part of my fulfillment of my obligations to that covenant. Therefore Receive the anointing to prosper. Receive the anointing for God’s Glory. Receive the anointing for God to single you out for upliftment and promotion. Don’t lose heart, don’t lose hope……………Await that coming glory upon you in Jesus Name😇 AMEN! #FamfaOilLimited #FolorunsoAlakija #DaughterOfZion

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Kolawole Damilola

    Kolawole Damilola

    March 2, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I love you more for Sharing this.

  2. Judith Ifechukwude Adegbemi-Ajayi

    Judith Ifechukwude Adegbemi-Ajayi

    March 5, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    This is so inspiring!

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