By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
No fewer than 300 Nigerian women have benefited from the wealth of knowledge of the richest black woman in the world, Mrs. Folorunso Alakija and other influential women through the 2017 Flourish Africa Conference.
The first Flourish Africa Conference was organised with the aim of impacting the lives of women in Africa by providing the tools they need to fulfill their God given potential.
The Conference which took place at the Renaissance Ikeja Hotel in Lagos witnessed series of conferences, workshops and mentorship programmes for women with the hope of bringing women from all walks of life together to share in their unique experiences and become who God has destined for them to be.
Other influential women who inspired the participants at the Conference included, Folorunso Alakija, Ibukun Awosika, Senator Daisy Danjuma, Mrs. Fashola, Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor, Uche Pedro and Ayo Mogbepe among others.
The Conference, hosted by Forbes Africa Head of Digital Media and Partnerships and West Africa Correspondent, Peace Hyde, saw applications from over 2000 women vying for the opportunity to be part of the 300 participants.
Alakija, the CEO of Famfa Oil, one of the largest indigenous oil companies in Africa, through her foundation, Rose of Sharon Foundation has been improving the living standards of thousands of Nigerian women, especially widows and orphans through her various empowerment programmes.
The 66-year-old business magnate has persistently championed the causes of women in Nigeria, building schools, science labs, roads as well as providing scholarships to thousands of young students all over Nigeria.
Her philanthropic work continues this year with the launch of the women empowerment platform, Flourish Africa.