Whoever said very wealthy women never honour their husbands? You may have to change that belief because time and again, it has been debunked. In fact, African richest woman, Folorunsho Alakija, has floored this widespread notion with her recent revelations about her years-long marriage.
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Being one of the world’s richest black women hasn’t stopped the new vice Chancellor of Osun University in Nigeria, Folorunsho Alakija, from giving full respect to her husband in accordance with the African tradition.
The group managing director of The Rose of Sharon Group, which consists of The Rose of Sharon Prints & Promotions Limited and Digital Reality Prints Limited and the executive vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Limited, she still remembers her vow to her husband on their wedding day.
In a recent interview, the highly influential woman revealed that she still adores her husband like a teenager who just found love.
“My husband is my best friend, biggest adviser and supporter. We’ve known each other for 40 years and have been married for 37 years now and with four boys. Even though we work in the same office, I always ensure that we kiss twice in a day, morning and night. I still wash his undies until six years ago that he insisted I should stop. I also prepare his special vegetable dish, do his manicure and pedicure regularly. I go to the airport to pick him whenever he’s returning from foreign trips.It gives me joy whenever his friends praise my vegetable dish based on what my husband tells them”
Alakija is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion. In 2015, she was named the second most powerful woman in Africa after Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the 87th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.