As the prices of 18carat gold, 21 carat Saudi gold keep going higher with the exchange rate of dollar in Nigeria, many rich Nigerian celebrities have been buying gold from 10 Nigerian gold merchants based abroad who sell at dollar rate.
Of course, with the advent on social media, mostly Instagram, many rich Nigerian celebrity women can peruse the pages of these International Gold Merchants without any difficulty and some of them have built an enviable brand and also created social network with many rich Nigerians, who buy as high as 300grams set of gold or more, worth over 10 million naira or more, from them.
They are popular within Lagos social scene because they often come to parties with those who patronise them after ordering a large consignments, but the question some Nigerians are asking is: How easy is it to buy gold from abroad when you can buy in Nigeria?
To many rich socialites, buying from abroad is a show of prestige and class at a dollar rate as you can either buy in naira or dollar from some specific stores in the country.
Who are the 10 International Gold Merchants? First on the list is Hajia Saidat Aralamo Asabi a.k.a Aleeba, the brain behind Jamond. Jamond jewellery has always been the toast of many rich Nigerians, both home and abroad. She sells unique customised precious stones mostly, 18 carat gold in pound sterling and dollars. Her brand is as popular just as her face. Alhaja Femi Suleiman (Biggybiggy), Alhaja Bukola Bestfriend of Alhaja Femi Suleiman), Hajia Bisola Amuda (Bessoul), Hajia Aishat Keahiro (Keshbaby) all these celebrities buy from Hajia Saidat Aralamo Asabi Balogun, the Ijebu-Aiyepe businesswoman, who runs a popular gold store in the United Kingdom (UK). Many rich Nigerians are on her clientele list. Yeye Asabi Saranda, among others, also patronises her. She also shuttles between Nigeria and Uk, but has registered her brand in the minds of many rich Nigerians.
Another big brand is Mrs Tolulope of the Supremempire Supreme Fabrics and Accessories known on Instagram as Thesupremeempire. She has been selling fabrics for 15 years but started selling 18-carat gold and other luxury metals, 14 years ago, November 2006 to be precise. Her brand is known for unique fabrics and also a kind of piece in 18 and 22-carat gold. Her honesty and integrity have made her gained the trust and love of many rich Nigerians. Although her store is located in Maryland, United States, she ships her consignments to all over the world. The Supreme Empire owned by Tolu Wright has catered to rich Nigerian celebs who are gold lovers for over 17 years now.
Adenike Anuoluwapo Okuneye, the brain behind Luxlifejewels is one of the leading International gold dealers. The mother of 3 and the darling wife of Alhaji Razak Okuneye, is a big nurse abroad, but many rich celebrities buy gold from her. She has eyes for exotic, unique and special jewellery that appeal to all classes of people. She resides in Houston Texas, but many rich Nigerians troop to her page to buy 18-carat gold even at a recent dollar rate.
Another celebrity gold merchant, whose brand is very popular among rich Nigerians despite staying abroad is Mrs Yetunde Fowowe, fondly called Yetty Banks in Toronto, Canada. She is one of the Nigerian gold merchants whose brand is popular among the rich and mighty Nigerians. Many rich Nigerians buy from her because she buys directly from gold designers in Italy and Europe. This has made her brand very popular.
Do you know Halima Baruwa, the Ceo of Treasure Fabrics and Gold? You must be new to gold marketing not to have heard of her name. She is the cousin of another popular gold merchant, Hajia Titi Marshal, and she sells good collection of gold. Her gold store is patronised by many rich Nigerians, who want the best value for their money.
Cynosure metals is very popular on the Nigerian social scene. This is because Mrs Abidemi Oreagba, a London-based nurse has also registered her brand in the minds of many rich Nigerians. She is fashionable and also has a good customer relationship. She is happily married to Otunba Wale Oreagba, a businessman, who shuttles abroad and Nigeria.
Mercyrabiu may stay in faraway Canada, but this list of gold merchants is not complete without her name. She is not a pushover as far as the gold business is concerned in Nigeria. Her cool and calm nature has made many rich Nigerian celebrities who want giant rock gold that is very unique buy from her. Visit her page on daily basis, you will be mesmerized by the large number of rich Nigerians who wear her collection of gold. Hajia Basirat Olusesi, Mrs Dayo Balogun are among many who buy from her.
Mrs Ajike Adeyinka is based in faraway Canada, but her brand @mumOreNaomi gold in Canada is the choice of many rich Nigerians who buy gold from her in Nigeria and she also shuttles Nigeria and Canada.
Rukkitex Gold and Tanwa Gold are 2 fabric merchants who are also top gold players abroad. They have made names for themselves in the gold business and have made a huge impact on Lagos social scene. Mrs Demola Seriki among many rich celebs buy from Hajia Rukkitex, the Canada-based gold merchant. So also is Tanwa Gold in London.
– Abiola Orisile