There are several wealthy women in Nigeria but the richest of them all is Folorunsho Alakija, this article is made to mention other women who are worthy to be on the list of Richest Women in Nigeria because these women are also equal to the task .
Yes! in any competition there must be one winner, in our last post we talked about the richest woman in Nigeria and we thought it wise to also discuss the richest richest women in Nigeria . Folorunsho Alakija emerging the richest woman in Nigeria doesn’t warrant us to forget or defame the rest of the iron ladies in Nigeria who also have all it takes to be in the same class with her. Being that it is often said that what a man can do a woman can do better, we want to take this moment to talk about those set of wealthy and influential women in the society that has proven that they can compete with the top richest men in Nigeria and Africa.
On this post, we are going to be unravel their sources of income and how they became very successful than other people in Africa . We are going to be naming out the Top 5 richest woman in Nigeria 2017. The basis for this ranking is Source of their various wealth plus their influence, the number of companies plus business establishments they own and control,monetary value of these valuable companies and lastly The various shares they have in several top companies in Nigeria.
Top 5 Richest Women in Nigeria 2017/2018
1. Folorunsho Alakija
Just like we said in our last post, Folorunsho Alakija is the richest woman in Nigeria 2017 nothing has changed that. She was given the crown of the richest woman in Nigeria by Forbes Magazine. She is second richest woman in Africa perhaps very soon she will be number one in Africa. She is the director of FAMFA oil and former secretary of the international Merchant bank of Africa, one of the oldest bank established in early 70s. 80% of her income comes from her FAMFA oil, a company that is into exploration and production and is worth over $600 million dollars.
She studied fashion designing in the UK before returning to Nigeria to begin her own fashion designing business after dropping her bank job. We gathered that she has overtook Oprah Winfrey in 2014 as the richest black woman.
2. Hajia Bola Shagaya
Hajia Bola Shagaya is the second richest woman in Nigeria after almighty Folorunsho Alakija and currently the 4th richest woman in Africa. She one of the most influential and wealthy business woman from Nigeria. Hajia Bola Shagaya is surely one of the richest people in Africa. She is also one of the few billionaire black women in the world according to Forbs Magazine. She was born in 1959 in Ilorin, Kwara. She started her career at audit department of the Central Bank of Nigeria. She is into photography and communication and her business started when she introduced photographic materials of the Konica brand to Nigeria.
That was how her journey to stardom kicked off. She is the director of Practical Limited – one of the largest oil companies in Nigeria. She is the proud owner of a Gulfstream G650 aircraft. A large part of her income comes from from oil sector. She is a board member at Unity Bank. She has landed properties both here in Nigeria, the United States, United Kingdoms and other major countries of the world.
3. Hajiya Dr. Mariya Dantata
On the third spot we have another powerful woman named Hajiya Dr. Mariya Dantata. She is said to be one of the most unpopular and secretive female billionaire in Nigeria . She appear less than she is really worth , i think she is doing the right thing because it is the only way to live long. It was noticed that Forbes ranking didn’t put her in the list of richest women in Africa, but she is worthy to be included in our 2017 ranking. She is a philanthropist who doesn’t love social media rant because she doesn’t want any praise.
Hajiya Dr. Mariya Dantata is the mother of the richest man in Nigeria, Aliko Dangote but she is not always on spot light. She is a very simple and quiet and humble woman filled with the spirit of philanthropist.
4. Diezani Alison Madueke
On the fourth spot obviously not the last spot is another famous woman who has acquired a great deal of wealth, Diezani Alison Madueke . She is a Nigerian politician , first female president of OPEC and she has worked as Minister of Transportation in Nigeria in 2007-2008. In 2008, she moved to Mines and Steel Development and was appointed Minister of Petroleum in Nigeria. She was appointed to the cabinet with the help of President Goodluck Jonathan. Sometime in 2015, she was paraded by UK`s National Crime Agency on suspicion of corruption and Reuters reported this news. After that corruption drama in the UK, Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also raided her real estates in Nigeria .
5. Daisy Danjuma
We know that most successful women in Nigeria are into entrepreneur but Daisy Danjuma is considered to be the richest woman entrepreneur in Nigeria because her entrepreneurial skills is greater than that of the rest. This wealthy lady is the wife of one of the richest men in Nigeria – General Theophilus Danjuma. She own and run several companies across Nigeria and her husband super jet is worth over $40 million.
She started pilling up her bank account when she was elected as Senator of Nigeria back in 2003. She has also worked on various committees as Senate Committee Chairman on Women Affairs and Youth Development and Chairman of the ECOWAS Parliament`s Women and Children`s Rights Committee.