Today, the Gold business may have attracted many young celebrity merchants but there is still a long list of veteran Gold merchants whom many rich Nigerians love buying from despite that the market has witnessed an influx of many young Gold Merchants. These veteran celebrity Gold merchants have been selling the timeless pieces of Gold and Diamonds for over 20 to 30 years and still counting. Some have widened the circle of their huge clientele as they attract larger patronage. Their patrons would not buy from other Gold Merchants.
The value of Gold and Diamonds is the reason the rich celebs won’t buy their diamonds and gold from every Tom, Dick and Harry. They will rather buy from Gold merchants who travel far to get their Jewellery.
These veterans don’t stock regular 18carat Gold or diamonds. They rule the Gold and Diamond market in Lagos and even those rich Naija celebrities who stay outside Naija know them. They are the Queens and Kings of Gold and Diamonds market.
Who are these veteran Gold merchants who strictly sell to Nigeria’s super-rich? One of them is Otunba Folasade Risikiyat Adesoye, the Ceo of Jewellery Affairs on Victoria Island. The beautiful socialite, who is in her late 50s, has been selling Gold and diamonds for over 30 years and still counting. She has been able to carve a niche for her brand products that are bought by many super rich Nigerians. What stands out Yeye Otunba Gbaderogun’s Gold and Diamond store you may ask? It is her collection that is strictly her designs. You may likely not see them in other Gold and Diamond stores. This is one of the reasons many Nigerian society women and their husbands would never patronise any other store than Jewellery Affairs. The clients are super rich Nigerian millionaires and billionaires too many to mention.
You have to be new on the social scene of Lagos not to have heard of “Madam Zina on Banana Island. She is one of the Diamonds and Gold Merchants, who sell Gold Collections to super-rich Nigerian celebrities. Though she is not a Nigerian, the Lebanese Gold Merchant is always the choice of top Nigerian rich celebs. She has been selling Gold and Diamonds for over 30 years and still counting.
Mrs Matha Najomo needs little or no introduction as one of the veteran Gold Merchants many super rich Nigerians buy from. She doesn’t only stock best collections of Gold and Diamonds, she has also been running in that sector for over 30 years. Mrs Matha Najomo is one of the veterans whose Diamond collections are unique. She makes sure she travels far to get her collections.
Another veteran Gold merchant the super rich Nigerians buy from is Alhaja Akanke Alimot Shadia, the pretty wife of a popular Lagos socialite, Alhaji Buari Abu Oloto. Yes, the same Akhaja Alimot has been rocking Lagos social scene for over 40 years. Though she also has a fabric shop, but she has been able to make a huge success of her Gold business. Iya Oyo, loves unique and big Gold sets, the type that would make you a cynosure at any Owambe party.
Do you know that Iya Oyo’s best friend, Mrs Kazzim, also sells Gold? Ebony pretty, Mrs Kazzim also stocks unique Gold pieces, which are always big size sets. She has been selling Gold for over 30 years and still counting. You can’t help but watch her in admiration anytime you see her at Owambe party. She stocks the best collections of Gold in Lagos.
Have you visited Ikeja Mall lately? You will and see a well guarded Gold and diamond shop there called “Trinket Shop” owned by Mrs Oyewunmi? This celebrity woman in her 50s is one of the celebrity Gold and Diamond merchants dominating the gold market. The Trinket Box offers a huge range of jewellery from a variety of brands. They also own designs “customised to taste”. Each of her items is designed and manufactured with the utmost care and perfection to ensure that when you receive it, you have a huge satisfaction.
Ask many Nigerian Gold and Diamond lovers, who Mrs Ijeoma Ubosi is? And you will be told that she stocks best collections of Diamond and Gold, selling to the rich. Ijeoma Ubosi is the wife of Beat FM boss, Chris Ubosi, and to say that her brand is popular is like stating the obvious. She stocks the best and spares no cost to rock the best jewellery too.
Deinte is a family owned jewellery store, but Deinte on Victoria Island is owned by Mrs Ola Erogbogbo Oyeniyi. Some of its jewellery include wedding rings, engagement rings, bracelets, cufflinks, earrings, rosaries and many more.
Do you know Mrs Remi Seriki, the first wife of a popular Lagos politician, Demola Seriki? She also sells Gold. The celebrity woman, who also runs an interior store in Ikeja and Surulere Mall has been selling Gold for over 30 years. Her collections are unique and she always knows how to source best collections in Millan.
There are some male veteran Gold and Diamond merchants who have been selling diamond and gold to many celebrities. We are talking about Juliana Luxury’s. boss. He is one of the leading Diamond Merchants the rich men buy from. He sells diamond and gold chains for men and sometimes sells diamond studs and cufflinks too. Another male celebrity Gold merchant is Adamu Gold at Tejuoso. He has been selling 18-carat gold and diamond for many years and his name is always on the lips of many female celebrities. His store at Tejuoso is always a beehive of activities and there is no rich celebrity who doesn’t know Adamu Gold.
– ABIOLA ORISILE