That Folorunsho Alakija has gotten riches in abundance with an oil well, fashion outfit and real estate business to boast of is no longer news to many, but what baffles many is how she has sustained her marriage of over 40 years with her enormous wealth and status. Unlike some power intoxicated blondes, Alakija has maintained a cool and calculated lifestyle devoid of showiness. Though she lives a luxurious lifestyle that exudes nobility and royalty, yet this has not deluded her sense of morality as she has humbly subjected herself to the warmth leadership of her lovely husband, Modupe, an erudite lawyer.
When quizzed about the secret of her marriage, she said: “the secrets of our success as a married couple have been communication, a common purse and a shared determination to bring up our children together and with a deep-rooted love for each other. Modu is a true family man, which means that the children and I have always been a priority. I know that, in fact, I recognized that even before we got married, when we were visiting family friends and I saw him rolling around on the floor with their children. He had such a sparkle in his eyes that I knew he would be a wonderful father.
He is like a harmless tiger – strong and proud, but with a big soft heart, or better still, a heart of gold. I knew that my tiger would always fulfill his God-given role as head of the family as best he can. It is these qualities that have made my love for him grow ever more and more deeply over the 38 years we have been together.”
Be that as it may, it may interest you to know that both couple met at a party in Surulere where both had attended, and after the party Modu asked if she could give then young Folorunsho a ride in his car in which she obliged. From there their love story began and they courted for three and half years before finally gotten married on 12th November 1976.