These wealthy women in Nigeria have proven that they can compete in richness with men. Who is the richest woman in Nigeria? How did she become more successful than other people in Africa? Let`s start with top 10 rich women in Nigeria to find out who is the richest of them all. Their assets and experience in life can speak for themselves.
How to find the richest woman from Africa? It`s easy as they do not tend to hide their riches from people. Some of them are self-made businesswomen, others have become rich due to their family heritage. Still, each person on this list has earned the right to be called the richest woman!
She is the richest woman billionaire in Nigeria. According to her biography, Folorunsho Alakija did not attend any university, but it did stop her to become a successful woman. She is a female billionaire that founded the Famila Oil – one of the biggest oil companies in Nigeria. Folorunsho Alakija net worth is tremendous, more than $2.1 billion.
She also has real estate with the overall price of more than one hundred million dollars and a private jet worth $46 million. She is 66 years old. She has spent most of her life earning this sum of money. In 2014, she was presented at Oprah Winfrey`s program as the richest woman in Africa!
Hajia Bola Shagaya
She is surely one of the richest people in Africa. She is also one of the few billionaire black women in the world. Hajia Bola Shagaya was born in 1959 in Ilorin, Kwara. She started her career at audit department of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Her business started when she introduced photographic materials of the Konica brand to Nigeria. That was only the start. Now she is a director of Practical Limited – one of the largest oil companies in Nigeria. She owns a Gulfstream G650 aircraft! Hajia Bola Shagaya net worth is about $1.9 billion.
Diezani Alison Madueke
She is a Nigerian politician and the first female president of OPEC. Diezani Alison Madueke also worked as Minister of Transportation in Nigeria in 2007-2008. She later moved to Mines and Steel Development in 2008 and was appointed Minister of Petroleum in Nigeria.
She was appointed to the cabinet with the help of President Goodluck Jonathan. In 2015, Reuters reported that Diezani Alison Madueke was arrested by the UK`s National Crime Agency on suspicion of corruption. Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission also raided her real estates in Nigeria. She supposedly has about $2 billion dollars on her various bank accounts.
She is a strong woman and considered to be the richest woman entrepreneur in Nigeria. She is a wife of one of the richest men in Nigeria – General Theophilus Danjuma. She got a lot of presents from her billionaire husband including super jet which cost over $40 million. She also runs several companies across Nigeria provided her by the husband.
In 2003 she was elected as Senator of Nigeria, that only helped to boost her bank accounts. Daisy Danjuma 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. Her husband helped her to earn more than $1 billion of her net worth.
She is considered to be one of the richest women in the world, but now she also worked as the Federal Minister of Aviation in Nigeria. She has close relations with former President Goodluck Jonathan as she served as his campaign`s Director of Administration and Finance.
Before that, she worked at the NNPC and later created Sea Petroleum&Gas Company Limited. Now she struggles with financial problems as her company has been closed with indebtedness over $16 billion. She currently has about $1 billion in various bank accounts which she can still use.
Florence Ita Giwa
Florence Ita Giwa was born in 1946 in Cross River State. She was elected Senator of this state. After her leaving the Senate she joined the People`s Democratic Party, where she became Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters of President Olusegun Obasanjo. She was suspected of corruption by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. She currently has from few hundred million dollars to one billion on various bank accounts.
Cecilia Ibru was born in 1946 in Nigeria and worked as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Oceanic Bank. Later she became the CEO of the Union Bank of Nigeria. Ibru appeared in various scandals connected with multibillion frauds. Anti-corruption police confiscated almost all her properties when she was found guilty to fraud charges. However, she might have about one billion dollars on her secret accounts today.
Fifi Ekanem Ejindu
Fifi Ekanem Ejindu is an architect and businesswoman. She is also one of the richest woman according to Forbes. According to her biography, she is a great granddaughter if King James Ekpo Bassey. Her father was a famous Professor Sylvester Joseph Una. In 1995 she returned from the USA to start her own business in Nigeria.
In 1995 she started Starcret Group Investment Ltd, Starcret Industries Ltd and Starcrest Associates Ltd which was involved in building constructions, gas and oil. Fifi Ekanem Ejindu describes her architectural style as Neo-traditional. She defined building with tribal old style features. Her current net worth is about $600 million.
Dr Stella Okoli
Dr Stella rose into the world of billionaires with her urgent drive to make healthcare affordable in Nigeria. She is a CEO of Emzorpharmaceutical Industries Limited, which produces over thirty types of pills consumed by millions of Nigerians.
The company is on the market for over 35 years. Her drive provided her not only money but the world`s recognition too. She also started a Non-profit Organisation called the Chike Okoli Foundation. The main goal of the organisation is to fight poverty and diseases in Africa. She also founded the Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneur. Dr Stella Okoli is a woman with more than $500 million of her net worth.
Mrs Bimbo Alase is on the list of the richest woman from Africa. She managed to cement her place in the high society of Africa. She started with a small furniture store in Lagos many years ago. Since then it has been developed to one of the biggest furniture companies in Nigeria!
Her small business is now known as Leatherworld Furniture Company. This company is partnered with NIERI – one of the most popular Italian Furniture Company. Therefore, Leatherworld Furniture Company sells one of the best furniture in Africa. She is a proud mother of one child and her Leatherworld Furniture Company provided over $400 million.
So who is the reachest woman in Nigeria? It is beautiful Folorunsho Alakija!