Tuesday JULY 13,2021
The billionaire oil magnate cum clergywoman, Apostle Folorunsho Alakija turns septuagenarian on Thursday July 15,2021.
Prelude to making the special day remarkable, a two day programme was set aside to honour her works and appreciate God in the life of the industrious and philanthropic woman who started out as a fashion designer into a world icon having excelled in oil and estate business.
The pre-birthday cruise began Monday July 12,2021 in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria with the launch and public presentation of five new books. Four of it are Christian literature which border on Marriage Hiccups , Marriage Mysteries Unveiled, The Master Key and At Thy Feet whilst the peak of the pack was the book that chronicles the last decade of the celebrant titled ‘Blossoming with the hand that gives the Rose’. The Tuesday(today) followed with 7 Hours of Celebratory Praise and Worship at Rose of Sharon Glorious Ministry International in Surulere, Lagos with the theme: Celebrating Jesus.
The array of artistes expected at the praise jam are Nathaniel Bassey, Bukola Bekes, Efe Nathan, Beejay Sax,Dare Justified, Bunmi Owolabi and many others.
At the time of writing this report, mama Alakija was said to be on her feet dancing to praises at her church.
The Monday event brought together about a 100 top flight personalities at Ikoyi, a testimonial of her sterling qualities and impact made on the business, humanitarian and religious community. It is noteworthy that Rose of Sharon foundation is her initiative with over a decade of catering for the needs of the widows and orphans.
Some of the guests that attended the event on Monday are predominantly acquaintances and captains of industry.
The roll call of guests are Chief Mrs Stella Okoli, CEO, Emzor Pharmaceuticals; Aisha Babangida @aisha_i_babangida; Senator Princess Florence Ita-Giwa @therealitagiwa , Chief Mrs Onikepo Akande, wife of the governor of Ekiti State, Mrs Bisi Fayemi; former General Manager, Zenith Bank PLC, Ms Bukky Latunji; immediate past Chairman, First Bank Nigeria, Mrs Bunmi Awosika; Book reviewer, Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, Mrs Bisola Giwa, Musis amazon, Onyeka Onwenu, Pastor JT Kalejaiye, Mr Sunny Iroche, wife of the Minister for Works, Mrs Abimbola Fashola; former deputy governor of Osun state and many others.
Newlounge reliably gathered that the celebrant would want to rest on Wednesday to gain enough strength and energy to make the d-day a wonderful treat. It is not unlikely that the Thursday event would be restricted to family and friends as speculated by a friend of the Alakija family. The source said the grandmother and mother of four is slowing down as she enters a new chapter of life.
According to Wikipedia, Folorunsho Alakija is a Nigerian billionaire businesswoman and philanthropist. She is involved in the fashion, oil, real estate and printing industries
In 2019, Alakija made the Forbes list of world billionaires and was ranked 1941 in a list of 2,153 billionaires; with a net worth of $1.1 billion. The oil tycoon dropped off the global billionaires’ list in 2020, although she still emerged as 20th richest African billionaire in 2020.
Forbes said Alakija’s fortune dropped below $1 billion due to lower oil prices because she is mainly into oil exploration.
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