- Why They All Love ADMIRALTY Way
Lekki axis has become the major hub for businesses this days and many shop owners have practically made it an in thing to make sure they have their shops in Lekki, most especially big babes celebs who do one business or the other. Sometimes, it is a show of class and status while some believe that is where they can connect to their top clients. One of the areas in Lekki that has grown phenomenally is the Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1 which has several 100s of shops on it. Admiralty Way has become the commercial haven around the Lekki axis.Living in Lekki means a more advanced lifestyle.
People move to Lekki to be close to the corporate centre which is the Lagos Island, Ikoyi and Victoria Island. With the big dudes in society living in Lekki, you are sure that you are getting VIP Neighbours. With top executives, businessmen, politicians, musicians, movie stars calling Lekki home, you have the opportunity to meet and network with them. Famous for being the hub of the creme de la creme in Lagos, Admiralty way in Lekki has gradually become the ‘Allen Avenue’ Ikeja replica .
No wonder, this big babes troop into Lekki in large numbers networking their products and services in their mega shops. A trip into Lekki Phase one takes you straight to Admiralty Way which makes you come in contact with several shops run by this babes and the entire adjoining streets off the Admiralty way is also full of this shops. One good thing about these babes is the way they connect all their clients to patronise them. If a client buys from A, then she must patronise some other few in the same line of business. The list is inexhaustible but we present some of those big babes who run big shaops in Lekki in the lists below. On this list is Kemi Adamu who runs the popular fabric store, the fabricroom. She has been at it for many years, what do you expect when she took after her mum in the business. Her shop is located at Centro Mall on Admiralty way Lekki. She stocks exclusive fabrics from leading manufacturers worldwide. She is the pretty wife of Ezekiel Adamu, the boss of Balmoral Event Centres. She is also the daughter of Oyeog fabric boss, Bisoye Usman.
Another popular fabric merchant is bunnie bees whose real name is Sharkie Adebisi Balogun. She has her shop at Rafiu Babatunde Tinubu close, also known as Admiralty road. She is known to be in hot demand every week. Close to her is Abimbola Ipaye, the petite lady who runs the popular aso oke brand,bimmms24. No intending bride has not heard about bimbos expertise because presently she is dubbed the new queen of aso oke where you will get class and very detailed aso oke for all occasions.
One of the veteran fabric merchants in Lagos, Alhaja Kuburat Shokunbi, who owns the popular fabric store, Kubis in Lagos Island has opened shop in Lekki as well. She mounted a gigantic mall on Admiralty Road, Lekki and the branch is been managed by her daughter, Tosin Shokunbi. What about Morayo Asoasiko. She is also one of the new entrants in the Lekki caucus, the foremost fabric seller just newly opened a shop at Oju Olobun close off Admiralty. Call her Lekki big babe and you will not be underestimating because Ehi Ogbebor has always been in Lekki and most of her businesses too are there.
She runs one of the most popular interior/furniture decor companies known as Sayaveth Interiors on Fola Osibo Street. She is also a big-time hotelier and her businesses are mostly in Lekki Phase 1. Dabota Lawson, the model and beauty entrepreneur came into limelight when she won the Miss Nigeria UK and she has joined the league of big babes who run big stores in Lekki. She runs a popular cosmetics outfit, Dabota Cosmetics.
Grey Velvet is one of Nigeria’s finest independent luxury retail group, specialising in contemporary women’s wear, menswear, shoes and accessories, it is located at the Centro Mall on Admiralty Way Lekki. They also have a branch in Ikeja. The retail store is owned by 2 Lekki big babes, Isioma Onochie-Aihie and Terae Onyeje.
Doranne Beauty is one of the biggest make up outfits in Lekki which appeared on the beauty scene in 2013 and they’ve since worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. The popular brand is owned by Theodora Mogo. The outfit is on Shaffi Sule street, off Admiralty way. What about the hennas place? It is presently the hottest hub for mostly Hausa or Muslim brides or any celebrity who wants to do traditional northern beauty tattoo. The 2 beautiful babes behind the place are Fatima Wafailu and Hadiza Tukur. The shop is at Babatunde Anjous Avenue, off Admiralty way. One hair outfit big babes rush to in Lekki is My extensionz.
The store is owned by American born and raised twins, Kehinde and Taye Smith, who run and oversee the store. Kehinde handles the research and product quality, while Taye runs the Operations. It is situated at the Greenville Mall, Admiralty Way,Lekki. Top MUA Bibyonce is known for her elegant makeup, the MUA whose real name is Bebe Omagbemi operates from her Bashorun Okunsanya studio in Lekki Phase 1.
Queen of make little Banke Meshida needs no introduction because of her popular expertise, she has series of branches in Lagos. She was operating from Ahmed Tijani Otton, Street before but has a new flagship studio in Lekki at Emma Abimbola Cole Street, Off Fola Osibo, Lekki Phase 1. Top entrepreneur and queen of styling, Toyin Lawani is as popular as her brand, eleganttianah styling. She has many chains of businesses from salon to style empire, restaurant business and so on.
The business mogul, fashion designer, Creative Director and a fashion stylist is also one of the big babes in Lekki who run popular stores. Her studio is at Fola Osibo, Lekki Phase 1.The made to measure and ready to wear outfit, Betho Official is one of the highly patronised fashion outfits in Lekki, the celebrity designer behind it is Bethy and her store, is at Fatai Idowu Arobieke street off Admiralty Road.
Bare to beauty salon which has become the most sought after salon for celebrities is also in Lekki. Owned by an island big babe and top make up artist who also ownes DELS Place,a mall that houses the salon located on Fola Osibo street. Young and beautiful Tania Omotayo is the brain behind ready to wear luxury store, Ziva Lagos. She joined Lekki shop owners few months ago and she is not doing badly. Ziva Lagos is at Fola Osibo Street.
Top designing outfit, Style savvy owned by Kike is also hot in the Lekki Axis. Style Savvy is on Kenneth Agbakuru Street, off Admiralty Road, Lekki.Tara Durotoye is as popular as her brand, she is very known in the beauty industry home, and beyond. The award winning entrepreneur is the pioneer make up artist in Nigeria and having several branches scattered all over Lagos. She is also one of the longtime shop owners in Lekki many years before people began to move their businesses to Lekki, house of Tara studio is at Onikepo Akande, off Admiralty Way. Island big babe, Doris Nkumah is a young and energetic woman, the CEO of ‘Hairby Wanneka’, a serial entrepreneur and hair mogul popularly known as Mizwanneka also has her store in Lekki, the hair boss shop is at Onikepo Akande street. Celebrity jewelry designer, Gbemi who runs Geebalo is at Aarons Mall, Olubunmi Owa, Lekki Phase 1.
Goodhair Ltd is another place where celebs buys hair, the shop is own by 2 friends,Kika Osunde, who used to have a saloon in London, and Chioma Ikeokwu. Foradora fabrics store which is also a choice store for fabric lovers is at Itumo Ogbonna street, off Admiralty Road. Linda Mesrob runs the popular Ariaba lifestyle and accessories outfit, the store is at Fola Osibo, Lekki. The Super Star Model Agbani Darego is also not left out, she launched a flagship store for her new denim line AD by Agbani Darego in Lekki.
The store is located at Fola Osibo Street. Rinimes Fabrics is in Lekki too. the recently opened fabric store is owned by Lara Alfred.Molbaks Aso Oke also made huge moves and moved to Lekki not too long. The store is on Tijani Otun Street. Not forgetting Tosin Obasa Kehinde of Ebonyberryclothings, it is also one of the hot fashion designing outfits in Lekki.
It is located at Kenneth Agbakwuru Str. The ready to wear clothing brand, Wana Sambo can also be found in Lekki at Fola Osibo Street, on this same street is where top Make up artist, Joyce Jacob beauty located. Beautycook studio owned by Omontese Akhatuamen is at Posh Plaza, Admiralty Way, Lekki. Another hot make-up artists is Anita Brows Adetoye whose studio is located at Abije Sulaiman Street, Lekki Phase 1.Flawlessbyjane Make Up studio is at Adebayo Doherty, Lekki Phase 1. Ashabi tailoring is on Admiralty Road, Lekki.
Other top shops inside Lekki Phase 1 are Patrick Anyaski at Olawale Cole, Tosky Fabric at Prince Adedeji Adelowo Street, Ella Pride Fabrics is at Niyi Okunubi Street, Award Winning Designer, Sandrah Tubobereni of TUBO is also at Lekki Phase 1. Ona fabrics is located at Kenneth Agbakwuru Street, Lekki Phase 1 while ready to wear clothing brand, House of Kosagh is located at Cottage Close, Lekki and many more.
-TAYO FAJORIN OYEDIJI