Oprah Announces New Book Club Pick

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Oprah has announced the second pick for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. She’s chosen Ayana Mathis’ first novel The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie. “Not since Toni Morrison have I read a writer whose words have moved me this way,” says Oprah.

The first pick was Wild by author Cheryl Strayed.

Who’s The Richest Black Woman In The World? Not Oprah!

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Could it be that the Queen has been dethroned as the richest black woman in the world? According to The Huffington Post,  talk-show Queen Oprah Winfrey no longer holds the title as the world’s richest Black woman… there’s a new sheriff in town.  The new leading lady is oil baroness  Nigerian born, Folorunsho Alakija.

Although drilling oil has reportedly been the 61-year-old’s big money maker — Alakija started her ascent to financial supremacy in fashion.

Alakija was born into a wealthy family, but went on to study fashion design in England  in the ’80s and soon after founded the Nigerian clothing label Supreme Stitches. Her one-of-a-kind creations quickly made her the premier fashion designer in the West African country, with her outfitting the who’s who of African Society.  She has been called one of the “pioneers of Nigerian fashion” and stays connected to the industry through the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FDAN).

The billionaire businesswoman and philanthropist made the switch to oil in 1993 as the owner of FAMFA Oil Limited and is said to now have an estimated net worth of at least $3.2 billion. With those numbers Alakija is said to have out-earned Ms. Winfrey by approximately $500 million.

Ventures Africa reports that Alakija owns at least $100 million in real estate and a $46 million private jet. However, Oprah still holds the title as the world’s richest self-made woman. 🙂

Morning Mo-tivation

Accept the duties and the obligations in your life today! We all have the impulse to advise the people we care about, even to try to “fix” their lives, often because focusing on others is easier than focusing on ourselves. It’s not selfish to cultivate your own garden…it’s the only way you can be strong enough even to begin helping others.– Iyanla Vanzant