Hajia Bola Shagaya is a Nigerian businesswoman and fashion enthusiast. She is one of the richest women in Africa. She is the daughter of Adut Makur, a Sudanese seamstress and Emenike Mobo, a Nigerian public servant.
She had her secondary school education at Queens School, Ilorin and proceeded for her tertiary education at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and Armstrong College in California, where she studied economics and accountancy.
She kickstarted her career at the audit department of the Central Bank of Nigeria before venturing into entrepreneurial activities in 1983.
Her business experience started with the importation and distribution of photographic materials and she introduced Konika brand of photographyic materials into the Nigerian market and West Africa.
Around 2005, she became the managing director of Practoil Limited, one of the largest importers and distributors of base oil in Nigeria, and in 2011 she founded another exploration company, Voyage Oil and Gas Limited.
She is also one of the board members of Nigeria’s Unity Bank and has a significant stake in the bank.
She is the founder and CEO of Bolmus Group International, a Nigerian conglomerate which has its fingers in every pie. Oil, real estate, banking, communications.
Hajia is certainly a savvy businesswoman who knows how to utilize money-making abilities.
She is also actively involved in photography, her company Fotofair is a leading photo laboratory firm in Nigeria with over thirty laboratories across the country.
Hajia Bola is a patron of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN) and a fashion, sports and art enthusiast who supports and encourages the fashion and art industry.
Till date, she continues to expand her tentacles across various Nigerian sectors