Mrs. Folorunso Alakija is a dynamic businesswoman and philanthropist with a sincere desire to help the needy. A fashion icon with an infallible sense of style, a loving wife, a caring mother and doting grandmother, a friend in deed.
Educated in Europe, she first embarked on a career in office administration, then she went into banking where she remained, until she took a leap of faith and followed her heart and creative calling to establish her own business in the Nigerian fashion industry.
Her fashion house “Supreme Stitches” rose to prominence and fame within a few years, and rebranded as “Rose of Sharon House of Fashion”, which later became a household name.
She happens to be one of our top twenty Most Influential Nigerians, as recently published in our gold book that is still on sell. In this piece, she shares a brief of her story during the lonely days before fame and wealth came her way.
“It took us 3 years to get our oil license. During that dark and turbulent period, we found out the hard way that there was nobody to turn to except God. Every door we knocked on was shut in our faces. That is when you know that unfriendly friends really exist. We had to take that journey alone. That is what Nigerians call “you are on your own”! The days, months and years were dark, gloomy and cold.
They seemed to be never ending. It was one court case after the next. I seized the opportunity to get to know, respect and honour the Lord the more and He showed up. He truly is the one who never leaves nor forsakes you. Nobody could see or understand fully what was in my heart except the God who kept me going.
As a leader, there are times when you have to take a decision that is not popular, it may not be accepted by your followers, they may not understand what you see and why you are doing what you are doing. As long as you are fully convinced about it, go ahead even if you have to walk alone,” she shared on her story.