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Folorunso Alakija Empowers 300 Women

By Dipo Olowookere

Three hundred women have been chosen to have the opportunity to partake in the exchange of knowledge from powerful women like Folorunso Alakija, Ibukun Awosika, Senator Daisy Danjuma, Mrs Fashola, Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor, Uche Pedro, Ayo Mogbepe and many more.

They were selected from over 2000 applications received from women for the first Flourish Africa Conference, which took place at the Renaissance Ikeja Hotel in Lagos at an exclusive invitation only event hosted by Forbes Africa Head of Digital Media and Partnerships and West Africa Correspondent, Peace Hyde.

Mrs Folorunso Alakija is one of a handful of successful female entrepreneurs on the continent listed as one of Forbes most powerful women in the world.

The 66-year-old business magnate has persistently championed the causes of women in Nigeria from her work with widows and orphans through the Rose of Sharon Foundation which Mrs Alakija uses as a medium to empower thousands of impoverished women and their children through a number of initiatives designed to give them a better standard of living.

Her organization, Famfa Oil, one of the largest indigenous oil companies in Africa, has built schools, science labs, roads as well as providing scholarships alongside its partners to thousands of young students all over Nigeria. Her philanthropic work continues this year with the launch of the women empowerment platform, Flourish Africa.

Flourish Africa is the first platform of its kind designed to create an impact in the lives of women in Africa by providing the tools they need to fulfil their God given potential.

Through a series of conferences, workshops and mentorship programs, the platform hopes to bring women from all walks of life together to share in their unique experiences and become who God has destined for them to be.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

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