Apostle Folorunso Alakija, Africa’s foremost businesswoman and philanthropist, who founded the women’s empowerment movement — Flourish Africa has announced the graduation of the first batch of 500 female entrepreneurs and recipients of the Flourish Africa Business and Life Skills Training program.
Apostle Folorunsho Alakija’s desire to raise the next generation of economically empowered women on the continent, starting with Nigeria for the next five years, and to equip them with the skills necessary to manage successful and financially viable businesses served as the inspiration for the business and life skills training program, which is aimed at female-owned Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
500 program participants received world-class coaching and business mentoring from leading industry professionals, including Apostle Alakija, throughout the course of the 12-week intense training program.
She spoke to the women throughout the live mentoring session, exhorting them to help one another and stressing the value of sharing the knowledge they had acquired.
Business is God’s Business,” she remarked, emphasising the need to “place God first in business,” explaining that it was the key to her success as an entrepreneur.
When discussing the program’s success, Eloho Iyamu, the Engagement Associate for Flourish Africa, revealed that the graduates will also participate in a business pitch competition where 100 winners would receive funding of up to N2 million.
The coveted Flourish Africa Alumnae association, which has been positioned to become a knowledge and expertise powerhouse for African female-owned enterprises, will also welcome the graduates into its ranks.