What Solange’s Afro & Cocktails have in common

Just stumbled upon this stunning picture of Solange and her incredible Afro at lecoil:

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The Return of the Afro Mohawk – April 2013

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For more pictures of the Afro Mohawk, please add me on Facebook 🙂 I got this done just now at the local salon – hair wash, blow-dry and she styled it in an afro-mohawk. I have to say, I am a definite blow-dry addict who needs to cut down on how much I do it but I love the results at the same time. It’s so hard! I wasn’t feeling sexy, got my hair down and now I feel GOOD.

What do you think of this hair style?

The charmed life of Folorunsho Alakija

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Vanity Fair did a sprawling and extremely in-depth feature in their April 2013 issue on the worldwide millionaires who are buying up flats and property in London, one of the most expensive cities in the world. I was reading this feature intently and there was a fascinating chunk about Folorunsho Alakija, a Nigerian female billionaire, and one of the continent’s only 2 female billionaires (the other is Isobel dos Santos, daughter of Angola’s current president). Here’s an excerpt from the feature:

In fact, land-registry documents show that five apartments, for a combined $123 million, are owned by companies under the Rose of Sharon name, all based in the Isle of Man. These have been widely reported to be owned by Folorunsho Alakija, a Nigerian billionaire who is a part-owner of Famfa Oil Ltd. (Efforts to contact her were unsuccessful.) According to an industry risk profile of the company, Famfa received 600,000 barrels of oil per month from the giant Nigerian deepwater Agbami oil field in the first four months of 2010, in partnership with the U.S. oil company Chevron, in a longer-term agreement. The report cites a Nigerian Department for Petroleum Resources source as saying that Alakija was “one of the [Nigerian] First Lady’s favorite dress designers” and that Alakija’s stake in Famfa was “a reward to a loyal friend.” Forbes ranked Alakija’s net worth at $600 million, but last year Ventures Africa, a business magazine, recalculated it based on public information at $3.3 billion, making her richer than Oprah Winfrey.

Alakija is an extremely successful businesswoman who first did fashion in Nigeria and branched out into oil where her wealth exploded. I saw an interview of her talking to a CNN reporter discussing about how she made it and one thing really struck me, African woman do have chances to go out there and go get it but we need to just get it done. You can find the interview on YouTube, check it out and you will see that impression from her that she just went out there and got what she thought she should get.

When I read stories like this, it does inspire me to just go out there and keep going with my fledging company especially when I feel so worried and stressed at times. I say if she wants to buy $100m+ of property in London, more power to her. It’s great to see more successful female entrepreneurs.

What are your thoughts?

Dressing for success

Apologies for the long gap in between posts. It’s been a busy period this month as my company tries to find new customers!

Getting back into the sales game for my business has reignited how important it is to look amazing, smell amazing and generally dress for success when meeting potential customers.

People are really judgmental in business as in life so I have been justifying (easily) why I deserve Beyonce’s Midnight Heat perfume.

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As some of you know, I love her. What do you all think about dressing for success? Is it important?

 

Thoughts on Africa’s super rich

AlJazeera have a short piece about elections in Angola and part of the piece talks about Angola’s immense oil wealth. Angola is rolling in wealth for a specific group of people because of the petrodollars that are running through cashflows in Angola since the country is the second largest producer in Africa of oil after Nigeria.

Oil wealth has been one source of super rich wealth for Angola and Nigeria. The influx of cash in both African countries has led luxury car maker Porsche to set up shop in Angola and Nigeria. My feelings on the super-rich of Angola and all other countries in the state is if the money has been generated via a self-made route, I say SO WHAT?

One issue I have with some media outlets especially abroad is that there seems to be a focus on how Africa’s super rich spend, such as lavish weddings in Nigeria that are sometimes made to seem ridiculous considering how poverty is in the nation. Poverty is in every country in the world, some places more than others. I think if the money has been made through legitimate means such as through a business and not through nepotism or through bribes, then I think it should be something that we are celebrating. In Tanzania, there are (of course) wealthy families in Tanzania. I want to create wealth for myself and my family – I think as young enterprising Africans, we should focus on this, instead of thinking about what people want us to be.

God is important. family, love are all important but we also need to support ourselves. One of the best ways of doing this is through creating and building wealth.

Super rich doesn’t mean just millions of dollars; I have heard of Tanzanian bloggers who make thousands of dollars a month chronicling the party scene and the socialite life of the glossy women of Dar-es-Salaam. Super rich in Africa has many meanings – it’s not just the male billionaires on the Forbes list – rich is relative to the living standards of the nation that we are discussing.

The people in African countries like Angola and Nigeria and Tanzania who can buy super cars – I say hats off to them. There are many shades to Africa – the ultra-rich are a small but valid part of it.