The real estate sector has taken a different dimension over the last 6 years. This is because we now have young, vibrant and energetic guys playing big in that sector and who have decided to do things differently. The involvement of these guys has further opened a lot of hidden opportunities in the sector. Presently, a lot of young guys now see opportunity in the sector and they are moving in with their own creativity and ideas, hence they have changed how lots of people see the industry.
This week, we shall be writing on 10 youngest developers who have changed the narrative of the sector.
He’s the founder and lead partner of Sujimoto Group of Companies/Chief Executive Officer of Sujimoto Construction, a Real Estate Development Firm, Siji is one man to watch. With its flagship development in Lagos known as the Medici by Sujimoto on Milverton Road, Ikoyi, to the proposed Lorenzo by Sujimoto on Bourdillon in Ikoyi. He was just 32 when he proposed the Lorenzo project, a project that is projected to be the tallest building on Bourdillon road, Ikoyi, Lagos. Presently, he is one of the biggest property developers and he has also shown that he is a force to reckon with as far as luxury real estate development is concerned in Nigeria. Don’t also forget that he’s the brain behind Giuliano project in Ikoyi. His projects have attracted a lot of big profile personalities and top artistes like Davido.
DR JULIUS OYEDEMI
Dr. Julius Oyedemi was a few days ago appointed the MD of PWAN House. He is just in his early 30’s. He is one of Nigeria’s youngest, brightest, innovative and highly versatile real estate experts. He oversees one of the fastest growing affiliates of the PWAN Group (Africa’s foremost Real Estate & Network Marketing Company) – PWAN PLUS, as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. He also sits as a Director on the Board of Folkland Property Development Company Ltd- the construction arm of the PWAN Group. Dr. Julius is an outstanding man and his brilliance has paved wave for him and that is why he was appointed to oversee over 12 subsidiaries under PWAN Homes.
As a seasoned business development, sales and marketing strategist, Julius helps individuals, families and organizations in Nigeria and in the diaspora own/invest in land in Nigeria with affordability and quality as his watchwords. For Julius, he sees real estate not as a vehicle for self-enrichment but adding value to humanity.
PRINCE KEHINDE ALEX BANKOLE
Kehinde Alex Bankole, a business magnate with vast experience in Construction and Real Estate Management steered the wheels of the Lekki Court Estate for several years that has today matured into a billion Naira diversified industry. Prince Bankole is in his 30’s but he has built a lot of housing estates in the Lekki axis. Prince Kehinde is the MD of KAB, an indigenous property company that has developed over 5,000 housing units and he’s one of the developers at Lekki Garden Estates but now he’s handling a remarkable project, Lekki Courts on Orchid road, Ikota, Lekki, Lagos.
He is an indigene of Ekan Meje, Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State, born into the family of Otunba James Bankole, an automobile businessman, and mother, a fabric businesswoman. With elementary education at the Lantana Nursery and Primary School, Gbagada in Lagos State; secondary education at the Oro Grammar School, Kwara State, Kehinde Alex Bankole had tertiary education at the Kwara State Polytechnic and the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.
A philanthropist per excellence with political immersion from his school days, he has emerge a rear breed amongst his peers. He won the NAPTIP Benevolence Giver Award, President of EkanNla Student Union, OkeEro; Vice President, Advisory Council, and member of Student Representative Council, University of Ilorin, Kwara State. A pioneer member of the Kwara State Assembly Commission.
His professional career began with the defunct Oceanic Bank, from where he proceeded on the entrepreneurial journey of architecture that birthed KAB Constructions Limited in 2009.
MR. CHRIS ABIODUN
Mr Chris Abiodun is the MD/CEO of Christal Homes, a reputable real estate company based in Lagos.
Christal Homes is a group of real estate professionals who specializes in the marketing, lease, and sale of new lands and properties as well as resale of luxury homes. Their offers span across residential communities, under-developed and developed lands, commercial plots with investment opportunities. If you visit Ibeju-Lekki axis lately, you will probably notice the many estates of Christal Homes. The founder is young but he’s very active in the industry.
Olawale Ayilara is a passionate entrepreneur with over 10 years experience starting and running businesses in the South West of Nigeria, handling transactions worth a combined value of $200 million. He is a recipient of the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 recognition. You can’t mention 4 big projects in Lekki/Ajah axis and LandWey’s Investment Projects won’t be mentioned. At 33, he became a major force to be reckoned with. On Ogombo road, he has about 2 projects there called Urban Prime, where houses are being sold at affordable price, and many others. He’s the Managing Director of LandWey Investment. You hardly talk of big developers in Lagos today without mentioning his name. He’s that big.
CHIEF MURPHY OSUALA
Chief Murphy Osuala is the Group Managing Director of Empire Homes, a reputable real estate company in Lekki. Chief Murphy began his real estate career in Japan where he spent almost 20 years before he moved to Nigeria where he set up a remarkable real estate company. He’s one of the big players in that axis playing big as a property developer. He’s has more than 12 developed housing estates in the axis.
PRINCE KAZEEM ELETU ODIBO
Prince Kazeem is the MD/CEO, Kazeem Roya Properties. The company was set up years back to provide luxury but affordable homes. Prince Kazeem is the last born of late Chief Bamidele Eletu-Odibo.
Prince Kazeem has turned the old Osapa Village to what it is now called (Osapa London). He has single-handedly built major projects like roads, gutters, and iconic houses in Osapa. In his 30s, he turned the face of Osapa to a city that has now become the pride of Lagos State.
MR. LEKAN ADERINWALE
He’s the Managing Diresctor, Structmatics Engineering Company Limited, a reputable indigenous construction company. This company is popularly known for matching quality with speed and they have successfully completed many Engineering projects for various individuals and organisation. as a company or corporate organisation is made up of team of highly proficient and seasoned professionals who are committed and have excelled over the years. There are various professions in the industry. Mr. Lekan is a seasoned property developers who has developed over 100 houses.
We can’t but also talk about their female counterparts who are also doing well. The likes of Dr. Ololade Abuta who is the MD/CEO, Gracias Group will also be mentioned. Her company has done a lot of work in the real estate industry.