Wealthiest Black Woman In The World To Appear At Empowerment Conference In Africa–And Her Name Is Not Oprah

Africa's first billionaire, Folorunsho Alakija, recently unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest Black woman in the world
Africa’s first billionaire, Folorunsho Alakija, recently unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest Black woman in the world

*On Saturday, some of Africa’s most influential and wealthiest women will converge in Nigeria for the WIE Africa Symposium a conference to empower the next generation of female leaders.

The conference will take place in the commercial capital of Lagos and will unite trailblazers from the world of business, entertainment and fashion.

The day will include panels, workshops and networking opportunities, that will feature women from across the continent; along with high-flyers who will travel in from the States.

CNN’s Isha Sesay, Arise TV’s Lola Ogunnaike and the CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, Desirée Rogers, are all scheduled to attend at the Intercontinental Hotel.

“I am delighted to be part of the exchange,” said Rogers. “We have always covered Africa, and I hope to do more of that in the future with Ebony Magazine.”

“I want to see more women in leadership positions across all industries,” said Dee Poku, a Briton of Ghanaian heritage, who co-founded Women: Inspiration & Enterprise [WIE] after moving to New York.

“There isn’t one industry that I can think of where you can say there’s a balance in terms of male and female leaders,” she said. “Even in female industries like fashion or publicity, it’s predominately men at the top.”

Handpicked speakers who have come from across Africa include Nigeria’s first female billionaire Folorunsho Alakija, who recently unseated Oprah as the richest black woman in the world.

“I look forward to both contributing and listening to other successful female entrepreneurs as we share experiences of what I am sure will be an informative event, motivating and inspiring the next generation,” said business tycoon Alakija, who will give a talk on entrepreneurship and growing a business.

Over the years, the WIE Symposium has attracted some of the most impressive women from around the world, including: Graca Machel, Nancy Pelosi, Iman, Sarah Brown, Donna Karan, Ariana Huffington, Jennifer Buffett, Lauren Bush, Cherie Blair, Jill Biden, among others.

To learn more about the symposium visit thegrio.

One thought on “Wealthiest Black Woman In The World To Appear At Empowerment Conference In Africa–And Her Name Is Not Oprah”

  1. I’m just wondering if these billionaire ladies and especially Madame Alakija of Nigeria will focus their attention from their in many cases, ill-acquired wealth on to the 300 young school girls who’ve been abducted by Boko Haram. Sadly, Nigeria has the reputation as being one of the world’s most corrupt governments from the President down to the e-mail scammers. It’s such a pity that the media has virtually forgotten about our Nigerian school girls. Just wondering. If these 300 girls were from Europe with blonde hair and blue eyes would the media be kickin’ them to the curb. Just wonderin’. Fanteeking

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