5 Most Influential Nigerian Ladies Who Made It To The Top From The Scratch!

Folorunso Alakija
Folorunso Alakija

This list ain’t exactly a contest for gender equality, but it does feature five Powerful Black women who built their own empires/fortunes – instead of just inheriting them from their mum/dad/husbands.

1)Folorunso Alakija.

Folorunso Alakija
Folorunso Alakija

Folorunso Alakija Born 15 July 1951) is a Nigerian billionaire businesswoman, one of the richest African women, and one of the richest black women in the world. In 2014, she temporarily unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world.

She started off as a secretary in a Nigerian bank, back in the 70s when she was in her 20s, but decided to quit to start a course in fashion design in England. Alakija then returned to Nigeria and founded fashion label Supreme Stitches, which catered to high society women. The business thrived, and she was mingling with some of the country’s most powerful women.

Alakija then, according to Forbes, used her relationship with Maryam Babangida, wife to Nigeria’s former military president, to make her move from fashion into oil. The then-president Ibrahim Babangida gave her an oil prospecting license in 1993, which allowed her company Famfa Limited to explore for oil on a 617,000 acre block.

Alakija had no experience running an oil field, so in 1996 she entered into a joint venture agreement with Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited, and transferred 40 per cent of her full stake in Famfa Ltd to them. Now her acre block is known as OML 127 and is one of Nigeria’s highest producing oil blocks, making 200,000 barrels a day.

So now Alakija still has her 60 per cent stake in the company – of which her husband is now chairman – and she has four adult sons. On top of that, she beat Oprah Winfrey to become the world’s richest black woman last year, as her company is worth around $7.3 billion.

2) Ehizogie Ogbebor

Da Baronness

Ehizogie Ogbebor is reportedly a Lagos interior decorator. She is the CEO of Sayaveth Interiors and Hotel.
The boss lady is a graduate of Biochemistry from Ambrose Ali University.
She was one time Manager of Target Insurance Brokers at the Victoria Island branch in Lagos.
This pretty Boss lady believes a woman who is determined can huzzle and make waves like a man,and of course she is wining.
She is the brain behind the exclusive more than a xxxxx Hotel apartment in in the High brow area of Lekki,Lagos state Nigeria.
A close source rightfully informed NnemeTv of her recently acquired mansion in the heart of Jumerah Dubai,and her soon to conclude Hotel apartment deal in Marina both in United Arab Emirates.
This Boss Lady Ehi, as fondly call by friends and family is doing fabulously well for herself both in her Interior decor business and hospitality world.
We were made to understand she started her journey 10 years ago without a dollar just immediately after her divorce.
We jointly congratulate hardworking women who have vowed to remain at the top come what may.
Congratulations Ehi…Keep winning.

3)Dr Linda Ikeji 

Media Mogul

Dr Linda Ikeji is a Nigerian news carrier blogger, writer, entrepreneur and former model.  She is the highest paid blogger in Nigeria. the soon to be mum pretty African Queen from Ibo Nigerian decent recently added more encomium to her media personae with the sophisticated multi million Naira Media stations and mini outlets she open in several cities in Nigeria.

Dr Ikeji is another name for a go-getter, she is currently in Atlanta,USA for the birth of her first child and even at that she is working and building her empire from thousands of miles away.Truly like the saying goes”Nothing can stop a determined Lady.keep wining mama.

4)Toyin Lawani: 

Toyin Lawani is a stylish entrepreneur who started her career as a young undergraduate at the tender age of sixteen when she owned a boutique and a mini supermarket.
Today her various businesses under the umbrella of Tiannah’s Place Empire include fashion, real estate, boutique, restaurant, yoga studio, beauty care including a range of beauty products, spa and a saloon, photography studio, Travel and Tours and so much more.
She just landed her own reality show on Ebony Life TV called Tiannah’s Empire that will chronicle her life in business. She is a powerful young woman that has refuse to look below the valley from when she started climbing.Keep wining Boss Lady.

5: Genevieve Nnaji:


Genevieve Nnaji is an award-winning, iconic Nollywood actress and singer. She has acted in countless of epic Nollywood blockbusters including:
30 Days, Ijé: The Journey, Mirror Boy, Half of a Yellow Sun and Road to Yesterday.

Nnaji also won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005,
making her the first actress to win the award,she has recently being doing well for herself in the Real estate sector as she is silently wining and signing
deals with Landlords in the high brow area of Banana Island,lEKKI,And VGC.
This powerful movie goddess cum business mogul recently gave her daughter out in marriage and she is currently one of the youngest grandmother in Nigeria.
Genevieve Nnaji is a go-getter and also a role model for young girls to emulate from.
Keep soaring and wining Ada Mbaise.


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