Despite the high rate of poverty in Nigeria, Nigeria is still home to some billionaires. Arguably, most Nigerians love luxury. We can see the love of Nigerians for luxury and opulence during glamorous wedding parties, birthday parties, and other parties and ceremonies. Exotic cars and luxurious homes also affirm the love of Nigerians for flamboyancy. In this article, we will be meeting a Nigerian a billionaire with one of the most expensive (if not the most expensive) houses in Nigeria. You already have someone in mind the moment you read billionaire. You might be shocked.
Nigeria billionaire, FolorunshoAlakija is the richest woman in Nigeria. Her mansion is valued over $100 million and was built by the famous Julius Berger company and designed by Adeniyi Coker Consultants Limited (ACCL). This stunning building is situated somewhere in Ikoyi, Lagos state. A stone throw from the scenic Lagos lagoon. The house is reported to be bullet-proof.
In 1951, the house of Chief L. A. Ogbara was filled with joy and many congratulatory messages as they welcome their new child. When Folorunsho was seven, she left the shores of Nigeria to complete her primary school education at Dinorben School in Wales. She returned to Nigeria after the completion of her primary school where she had her secondary school education at Muslim High School, Sagamu in Ogun State. On completion of her secondary school education, she went back to the UK to further her studies in Secretarial studies and fashion.
Immediately she finished her tertiary education, she started her career. She got a job as an executive secretary at Sijuade Enterprises situated in Lagos in 1974. When she left her job as an executive secretary, she moved to the banking sector. She worked with the then First National Bank of Chicago, now known as First City Monument Bank (FCMB). She worked in the bank for some years before she decided to put her fashion skills into commercial use. She started her own fashion house known as Supreme stitches, which became quite popular after a few years from its launch.
Mrs. Folorunsho is a woman in multiple businesses. In 1993, her adventure into the booming oil sector started when she applied for an oil prospecting license (OPL). Fortunately, her application was successful. Her oil company, Famfa Limited was able to explore for oil in large acres of the oil block. The oil block is now referred to as OPL 216. She had a partnership with Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited sometimes in 1996. In 2015, FolorunshoAlakija was listed as the 87th most powerful woman in the world. She is married to her husband who is a lawyer. The union is blessed with four children. Speaking concerning her marriage in an interview with Punch, she said the wealth does not affect her relationship with her husband. FolorunshoAlakija is ranked as the richest woman in Nigeria with a whopping net worth of $2.1 billion. She has some landed properties and a private jet. Her private jet costs $46 million.