You cannot meet Olori Aderonke EmmanuelKing for the first time and not fall in love with her personality. She is an absolutely charming woman. She is gorgeous, stylish and elegant. And she has got plenty of class too. But what more can one possibly expect from an accomplished woman who happens to be the beloved wife of Real Estate giant boss, Aare Oba EmmnauelKing Adetola, the GMD/CEO of Adron Homes & Properties. Perhaps the first thing that will immediately attract you to Olori Aderonke is her flawless light-complexioned skin and lovely figure. To put the icing on the cake, she’s got an impressive taste for fashion. She knows exactly what suits her tall, curvy figure and she never settles for less when it comes to rocking the best of gold jewelry. And she’s unbelievably humble too. Everyone knows this about her. But this brilliant and enchanting woman is not all about beauty and elegance, she’s got brains as well. Olori Aderonke had an illustrious career as a banker before bowing out to help her husband run their property company.
She is currently the Executive Director of Adron Homes & Properties and according to her husband, her invaluable contributions to the growth and success of the organisation cannot be dismissed. She has proven to be a great asset to the property giants.
At the 2019 City People Real Estate Awards held two Sundays ago at Timesquare Event Centre in Ikeja, Olori Aderonke emerged the City People Real Estate Woman of the Year. She was at the event with her husband and a large entourage of Adron Homes’ Senior Management Staff. Shortly after she picked up her award, City People’s Senior Editor, WALE LAWAL (08037209290) had a chat with this charismatic woman and she spoke extensively about her style and passion for looking good at all times.
Madam, you just won the Real Estate Woman of the Year Award, how do you feel about this recognition?
I feel elated for this honour and I will like to appreciate City People for the recognition of our efforts in the industry. I just want to say thank you and we hope to continually do much more than we have already done. We hope to continue to make the nation proud in the real estate industry.
Not many were surprised when you were announced as the Real Estate Woman of the year, but tell us, how has it been for you as a woman coming into the real estate sector from the banking industry where you operated before now?
I would say it has not been difficult for me because the sector is not really different from what I was used to. I think, prior to the time I became engaged professionally, naturally I’ve always been someone who loved building, someone who loves creating. I have always had that innate ability for designs and beautification. So, I just naturally went into it full time having resigned from the banking industry. So, apart from the peculiar environment where we operate in Nigeria and the menace of the ‘Omo oniles’ and the constant change in government policies and all that, there’s been no particular challenge that I have found insurmountable as far as the job is concerned.
Tell us about your style, ma. Once your name is mentioned, what immediately comes to people’s mind is, ‘oh, that beautiful woman, that elegant, stylish woman,’ yet you carry yourself with modesty and humility. How have you been able to still bring humility into your style despite the fact that you are, by all means, a woman of immense resources yourself?
(Laughs) This question amuses me and I’ll tell you why. It is because when you have a fundamental relationship with God you will naturally be humble because you recognize the fact that everything you are, everything you have, is not by your doing, it’s not because you’re smarter than the other person but it is purely by the grace and mercy of God. And having this understanding as an individual and as a woman, I recognize that I have been able to get to where I am today just by the grace of God.
But, specifically speaking, where did you pick your stylish nature from, your mum?
(Smiles) I think it’s innate. While growing up as a child I’ve always been this finicky individual. I have always loved to be stylish even as a child. Growing up as a child in the primary school, I got several awards that had to do with my being neat and stylish. Maybe, looking back now, I think it must’ve come from my background, from my mum specifically. My mum is this very clean, prim and proper woman that has eyes on details. But I think that, as a person, I like to be clean, I like to just be beautiful. So, I guess it’s my background, the way my mum brought me up.
Do you have any favourite designers, foreign or local that you really are crazy about?
No, as a matter of fact, I do not have any particular designer. As long as the dress is beautiful and classy, then I’ll go for it. So, no particular designers for me.
Are you a jewelry person, or bags or shoes, which one?
Oh, yes, I’m a jewelry person. I love jewelry, I love gold.
How do you maintain your glow, ma? You have such a lovely complexion that makes you look so young you could’ve passed for a young bride today. How do you maintain such youthful glow despite being a mother of kids?
(Smiles) I think first and foremost, I have the peace of God. I have peace of mind. So, naturally, any other thing I use, because my heart is at peace, every other thing I use works for me. I eat well, I don’t eat junk. I don’t take sugar. I take more of fruits. I try as much as possible to eat healthily.
How old is your marriage now?
To the glory of God, our marriage is twelve years old now.
Can you share with us, the first thing Aare said to you when he first saw you many years ago?
(Laughs) Our relationship is peculiar. The thing is, we grew up together and then started as friends, you know, friends that became inseparable. So, we just started a friendship that transcended into romance. And to the glory of God, we have remained inseparable ever since.
Aare is a man you have known and loved all your life, what do you respect the most about him?
The wisdom of God in his life, that’s what I respect and cherish the most.