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Monday, May 5, 2014

Africa’s First Billionaire, Folorunsho Alakija, Will Attend the WIE African Symposium in Nigeria



Africa's first billionaire, Folorunsho Alakija, recently unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest Black woman in the world
This coming 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 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.
“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.

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