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I Have No University Degree But I’m the Richest Black Woman in the World – Folorunsho Alakija

Richest Black woman in the world, , has emphasised the need of focus, hard work and consistency to achieve success.

The oil magnate took to her Instagram page to share a motivational message, stating that despite having several honorary doctorates degrees, she never attended a university.

The Chancellor of University of Osun who dusted America’s Oprah Winfrey to emerge the richest black woman in the world said her turn around began after she gave her life to christ 27 years ago.

According to her, “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.”


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Farouk Mohammed

Farouk Mohammed is a Senior Editor at Okay Nigeria (Okay.NG). He has been publishing for 5 years and focused more on Local/World News on Okay Nigeria.

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