Billionaire business magnate, society matriarch, style icon and philanthropist, Hajia Bola Muinat Shagaya, MON, was among the members of the Nigerian private sector who accompanied President Bola Tinubu on an official trip to India.
Shagaya, the Sarauniya of Ilorin Emirate, was accompanied on the trip by her two eldest sons – Sheriff and Hakeem Shagaya.
Other prominent business magnates on the trip were; Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Femi Otedola, Emeka Offor, Wale Tinubu, Rasaq and Shade Okoya, Kola Karim, among others accompanied Tinubu to India to attract investors to Nigeria.
A presidential round table and conference was held in New Delhi, India with members of the Nigerian private sector in attendance.
Beautiful, graceful, confident, determined, tireless, exuding an old world charm…there are many words that can be used to describe Hajia Shagaya. This national icon, who has been variously described as “the powerhouse of the Nigerian socio-political establishment,” has made winning look so easy.
Sitting at the head of a conglomerate of businesses which she built brick by brick with figurative fingers in every pie, ranging from photography; petroleum ; banking; among many others, Shagaya has climbed to the level many only dream about. She has achieved so much and is showing no sign of stopping. She has been at the top of her game, beating both odds of getting to the top and its “harder counterpart”- staying at the top. Like the Amazon that she is, she does not get tired. Rather, she forges ahead, scaling all obstacles in her path. And as a titan, she stands tall and never looks down on anyone.
Currently on the exclusive list of Africa’s richest women, it is by no means a far cry to say that Hajia Shagaya has placed herself in the same arena with other influential women around the globe thereby putting Nigeria’s name in a positive light with her unflagging industriousness, entrepreneurial acumen, discipline, generosity and resilience.
But beyond being a rich symbol of accomplished womanhood; a pride to her country, a credit to humanity, and ultimately, the powerhouse of the Nigerian sociopolitical establishment, Hajia Shagaya is a true Ilorin girl at heart.
Hajiya Shagaya (née Salman) hails from the Baakinni Compound in Omoda, Ilorin, Kwara state. One of the hallmarks of her personality is her indescribable love for her native home.
She is very proud of her llorin roots and is never shy to let everyone know that she is a true daughter of the soil.