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November 29, 2017

Folorunso Alakija inspires 300 women at 2017 Flourish Africa Conference

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 persistentlychampioned the causes of women in Nigeria from her work with widows and orphans through the Rose of Sharon Foundation which 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.

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Her organization, Famfa Oil, one of the largest indigenous oil companies in Africa, has built schools, science labs, roads as well as providing scholarships along side 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 fulfill 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.

The first Flourish Africa conference 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, which saw applications from over 2000 women vying for the opportunity to be part of the 300 people who were selected 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.

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