Sijibomi Ogundele a business leader has donated towards assisting the Federal Government in mitigating COVID-19 pandemic.
Sijibomi Ogundele popularly known as ‘Sujimoto’ is one of the biggest miracles to ever happen in Nigeria’s Luxury construction business. With his Sujimoto Construction Company imprint, he has done some amazing things you never heard about in the construction game. In 5 years, his feats and achievements in business; most especially, his 9th wonder of the world ‘Giuliano by Sujimoto’ and ‘Lucrezia by Sujimoto’ projects; are a testament to his vision, resilience, hard work and impeccable achievements most especially in business, philanthropy and mentorship. Hardworking, suave, resilient and doggedness best describe the astute businessman, Sijibomi Ogundele, who is no doubt a man in his own unique league.
The resounding success he has recorded in business in a short while he started, speaks volume to his personality, business acumen and attention details. The Managing Director of Sujimoto Construction Limited had always been a man given to hard work in his resolve to excel in whatever he ventures into, little wonder he has been able to carve a niche for himself in the construction of luxury homes within the space of five years.
It is instructive to note that, despite growing economic challenges, Sijibomi, last year, shocked skeptics by breaking various barriers, challenging all status quo in the construction business and launching a masterpiece in Banana Island to mark his organisation’s 5 years anniversary tagged ‘‘Sujimoto Is 5’’. The Flamboyant event had the creme of society in attendance. Top-rated celebrities, High Net worth Individuals, local and international acts, and top-rated musicians. It was indeed a night of glitz and glamour!
Despite the dwindling economic fortunes of the country notwithstanding, his company sold-out 7 Months before completion, the magnificent ‘GuillianoBySujimoto – a luxury terrace apartment with 2 Penthouses boasting of a private elevator, unique façade made of Spanish stones, marble and glass, award-winning sanitary wares by the Zaha Hadid for Porscelanosa, 2 Kholer Kitchens with Bosch Appliances, Full Home Automation and other unique features, located in the heart of Lagos most expensive Square metre – Banana Island.
In the history luxury realty, It has never happened for a construction company barely five years in business, to sell out all units of apartments. Some who acquired the apartments at N320 Million Naira, resold after six months for N480Million Naira, which is over 60 per cent increment and returns on investment.
Consolidating on the success of the Giuliano, the luxury property icon is building Nigeria’s tallest residential building in Banana Island, known as the LucreziaBySujimoto. It will be the first building with a Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) façade, Kholer Designer Kitchens with Bosch Appliances, First-of-its-kind IMAX Standard Cinema for its residents and their friends, first to bring the golf experience into an interactive lobby through the installation of a Virtual Golf Bar where you can play on over 2000 golf courses, Private Crèche for the residents, Award-winning Zaha Hadid Sanitary wares and many more awesome and unique features!
Sijibomi, a trained lawyer, is a calculated risk-taker, who possesses the mien of a tiger, more reason he has often linked his success to integrity, eye for quality and giving no room for mediocrity. In his words; “with over 2,000 empty apartment in Ikoyi and Banana Island, Sujimoto’s apartment keeps selling out. Why? Because quality sells itself! Create Sugar and Ants will follow. What is the sugar in this context? Unbeatable Value!
Despite the influx of construction companies in the real estate and construction sector, Sujimoto has flourished immensely and has started creating a first of its kind, 6-in-1 commercial hub in Nigeria known as the Sujimoto Place in the heart of Ikoyi. This record-breaking structure will feature a massive and contemporary event centre with a capacity to host 4000 guests, a premium office space with full automation, an executive hotel to give that home-away-from-home feel, a word-class gym, a mini-mall, and a rooftop lounge and bar.
As an innovator, this ‘Motomatics’ originator has also diversified by creating an arm of his business with the newly launched ‘Sujimoto Residence’ – a Luxury Short let Apartment in the heart of Ikoyi. The diversification came after several agitations from luxury lovers who want to have a home-away-from-home experience. This led to the creation of the luxury short let apartment, situated in Ikoyi, Lagos. From research, the House 106 Luxury Apartments is the cheapest situated within the affluence and serene Ikoyi axis at 180k per day. The 3-Bedroom apartment conveniently boasts of office space, 1 BQ, Gym, Outdoor Jacuzzi and Terrace, Private Chef, Private Chauffeur and an excellent Customer Service.
Call him an opportunist but Mr Ogundele is a believer in the Nigerian version of the American dream. In his own words;‘Despite our numerous shortcomings as a nation, I believe strongly in the potential of Nigeria, particularly her Entrepreneurial Success. Look at the Dangote’s, the Otedola’s and the Alakija’s who have made 99% of their wealth from one country. If Nigeria can do it for them, I believe that Nigeria holds great promises for me too.”
Ogundele is also a philanthropist who sees giving as an obligation than a CSR strategy. For him, when your neighbour is hungry, your chicken is not safe. Growing up in the poor neighbourhood of Agege, without a rich Aunt or a wealthy Uncle, Ogundele was exposed to the hardship of life and learnt the discipline of hard work and the motivation to succeed. Today like a rose that grew from the rock, he is committed to helping not just the poor in our society but also young entrepreneurs who are desirous to build sustainable businesses.
In the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sijibomi and a group of young eminent business leaders from different parts of the nation, under the auspices of The New Leaders WhatsApp Group have joined other prominent corporate and individual business leaders to donate towards assisting the Federal Government of Nigeria in its efforts, to mitigate the expected impact of the pandemic in Nigeria.
In recognition of his sterling achievements in this area, Sijibomi has been bestowed with numerous awards in appreciation of his redefining feats in the construction of luxury homes and apartments. Just early this year, he was given a Leadership Award by the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, on behalf of the Ooni of Ife, under the auspices of the Royal African Young Leadership Forum (RAYFLF) – a forum set up by the Ooni himself to recognise young Nigerians making a difference. Also, the Ministry of Finance in recognition of his impact in the Real Estate sector gave him an Award of Excellence in Entrepreneurship.