Folorunsho Alakija Shares Testimonies Of Her Success

One of the richest black women alive, Folorunsho Alakija has
shared the testimony of her success. She says she was turned down 3 times and
it took her 3 years to achieve part of what she wanted, but it paid off after
all. She also explained how she had to put God in between and told Him, if He
blesses her, she will serve him till the end of time. Her words after the cut.

It was not a planned thing at all. A friend actually
contacted me that some people wanted to buy crude oil and she was wondering if
I will be able to get them to make the purchase. I got an appointment with the
Minister of Petroleum and he told me that it’s not the way to go because there
wasn’t much profit in selling it and because it’s a foreign company that
Nigeria is imposed at selling its crude to international market. That it will
be better to look at other things. I went back to my friend and told her what
the Minister said.
Then it seemed as if that door was shut but something else
came up. I chose not to walk away so I went back to offer another service which
was catering services. And yet again I was shut down. I did not give up, I just
knew that something had to come out of it. I spoke again to some friends in the
oil industry and I was told to ask to be able to supply transportation services
for those who are purchasing crude within the country but I was shut down again
by the minister.
Then the last time I went to see the Minister, he told me
that the government wants Nigerians to be involved in Nigeria’s exploration and
production. That it has been the multinationals that have been taking advantage
of the oil business in Nigeria. So I was like OK…probably this is not the
likes of me.
I felt like there was no point coming back but honestly, I’m
not the type to take no for an answer. So I began to ask questions, I began to
knock on doors, I began to seek information and in the long run, I applied for
an oil bloc. But all through that time, the ministers have been changed 3 times
so each time they are changed, it takes me back to the bottom of the ladder and
I will have to start all over again but I still did not give up.
The whole thing started in January 1991 till the end of
1993. I kept going, kept going, kept praying, in-between I became a born-again
Christian. That was when I knew the lord. When I was 40, I decided to enter a
covenant with the lord that if he blesses me, that I will serve him for the
rest of my life and then I got the oil license. It eventually came after 3years
but I did not get the one I wanted.”
Speaking about her husband’s role in her business, she said;
“My husband was solidly behind me. There were many
times that I will go back home crying and he would tell me to stop crying and
he would tell me to stop crying that after all, we are not starving, we are
very comfortable. I had his support financially, morally because I had a
settled home. I had a balanced relationship with my Husband and my children.
All that helped me to dare to make a difference.”

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