Nigeria’s richest woman, Folorunso Alakija, alerts on fake Instagram account

Folorunso Alakija

Billionaire businesswoman and one of the richest women in Africa, Folorunso Alakija, has identified a fake Instagram account created in her name.

The 68-year-old fashion designer-turned oil mogul raised alarm on the fake account in a tweet on Thursday.

The fake account named alakija_official asked an Instagram user to ‘sow a seed into a motherless baby home’, adding a phone number for the user to contact within three days.

In the tweet on Thursday, Mrs Alakija said: “This is my ‘official account’ @ALAKIJAOFFICIAL. Note that, my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts are VERIFIED. Please report all fraud accounts to the social media services that you come across. Thank you for your support and God bless you. Have a productive day, everyday!”

A prolific businesswoman, Alakija is involved in the oil, fashion and printing industries.

She is vice-chair of Famfa Oil, a Nigerian oil exploration company with a stake in Agbami Oilfield.

In 2014, she temporarily unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world.

Her Rose of Sharon Foundation helps widows and orphans by empowering them through scholarships and business grants.