Thursday, November 29, 2012

A billion reasons to believe in Africa (@Cocacola_ng)

Reason #9,999,912

Folorunsho Alakija Overtakes Oprah Winfrey as Richest Black Woman in the World


Nigerian billionaire CEO of Famfa Oil, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija has been dubbed as the richest black woman in the world. The Nigerian-born mother of four turned an unwanted oil well into a $10M/day company according to Ventures Africa. An oil well that became so profitable that the Nigerian government demanded a high stake in the company. Through strong will and belief in the Nigerian justice system, this demand was revoked, leaving the oil well to Famfa Oil.

A testament to the extremely hardworking nature of African women, Folorunsho Alakija has proven that with the right amount of knowledge and persistence an AFRICAN can build something out of our very many resources tagged to be supposedly nothing. Even while raising four sons, Mrs. Alakija was able to keep a clear head and fight an oppressive regime while being a mother. Mrs. Alakija isn’t only an inspiration to African women everywhere but to men as well, we shouldn’t have to wait for people to come from outside of our continent to build the continent, we are very much capable.

Folorunsho Alakija gives every one of us a reason to believe in Africa, just the way she did. Coca – cola’s celebrates her today as she is one of #abillionreasonstobelieveinafrica.

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Billion Reasons to Believe in Africa

Reason #999,999,001

Chika Unigwe’s NLNG Prize Win

I read On Black Sisters Street by Belgium-based Nigerian author, Chika Unigwe, last year on a recommendation from a friend. The book struck a chord with me because I did not expect it to be as good as he said it was. It tells the story of four Nigerian prostitutes living in Europe’s infamous Red-Light District under less-than-comfortable conditions. I was amazed by the level of intricacy with which the author seamlessly told the stories of each of the characters. Upon finishing it, my friend told me he read the book for a class at his University in Ohio, USA. Needless to say, I was impressed.

This week, I was delighted to learn that Unigwe, for her stunning book, took home the NLNG Prize for Literature. She is a truly deserving author, and a reason to believe in Africa.

Every time you watch the news or listen to the radio and something comes up about Africa 99.9 percent of the time its negative, I guess that’s why this story touched me so much, finally something to be excited about, something that made me glad to be African, and that’s what COCA COLA is doing, trying to remind us to be proud of where we are from and believe in it, believe in an Africa that exudes positivity, believe in a better Africa, that’s why I’ve joined Coca cola’s campaign, and I ask you join too, write about reasons to believe in Africa. Lets expose the world to a better Africa.

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Much love