AREGBESOLA APPOINTS WORLD RICHEST BLACK WOMAN, FOLORUNSO ALAKIJA AS UNIOSUN CHANCELLOR
The Governor of the State of Osun and the visitor to Osun State University, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has announced the appointment of Mrs. Folorunso Alakija, as the second Chancellor of Osun State University, Osogbo. The pioneer Chancellor being His Imperial Majesty, the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade whose five year tenure lapsed in 2014.
The appointment, which according to a statement by the Governor’s spokesperson, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, takes immediate effect and will be for a period of five years.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, while congratulating the new Chancellor, said Mrs. Alakija’s antecedent and sterling qualities as a God-fearing woman, a person of honour, integrity and successful business woman would no doubt impact positively on the running of Osun State University.
The Governor also pointed out that the Government of Osun would look forward to a great working relationship with the new Chancellor as she leads Osun State University, Osogbo, to a new height of excellence.
In her acceptance letter addressed to the Governor, Mrs Alakija said, “It is with pleasure that I receive and accept the appointment as the Chancellor of the University of Osun State. I pray for God’s grace and strength to execute my duties as Chancellor of the University during my five-year tenure.”
Mrs. Folorunso Alakija is a businesswoman who has forayed into uncharted territories. She is a philanthropist with a sincere desire to help the needy, an icon with an infallible sense of style, a loving wife, a caring mother and doting grandmother.
Educated in Europe, she first embarked on a career in office administration and later went into banking where she remained, until she took a leap of faith and followed her creative calling to establish her own business.
Folorunsho Alakija is a Nigerian businesswoman who is the richest African woman and also the richest woman of all black women in the world. In 2014 she just unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world. She is a business tycoon involved in the fashion, oil and printing industries. She is 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. Alakija is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion As of 2015, she is listed as the second most powerful woman in Africa after Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the 87th most powerful woman in the world.