Ayodele Brown Akande, popularly known as AYNigeria, Ekiti State-born On Air Personality, Event Host/Compere, and Project Enthusiast and Developer is a top Influencer in Ekiti State. AYNigeria has hosted several National Events including the First Lady of Ekiti State’s Book Launch held sometimes in 2019. He also hosted the International Youth Diplomacy Conference 2019 held in Ghana recently. Here is the story of AYNigeria as told by him on InterviewStories.
Can we meet you?
My name is Ayodele Brown Akande, popularly known as AYNigeria. I am a passionate Nigerian Youth who uses his voice as a tool of Mental Revolution and an On Air Personality with Voicefm 89.9, Ado-Ekiti.
I featured on General Issues As a Member of the Intellectual Gang. AYNigeria is also known as the Love Doctor and Pastor on Radio amongst many other radio shows I anchor.
I am a Human Resource Management Associate that recently got awarded an Ambassadorsip after my appointment as the chairperson-peace Corp iYDC, which came after representing Nigeria in the International Youth Diplomacy Conference held in Legon, Accra, Ghana. I also won the Award of the Best & Most Informed Delegate in a conference attended by over 30 African Countries in 2018.
Am also the C.E.O of a #MadeInNigeria Fashion Conglomerate known as Justified Clothing’s & Fashion Conglomerate ( A 5 PARTNER FASHION TEAM).
AY Nigeria is a prolific speaker (ToastMaster)/author/orator/compere who has spoken and won awards in various institutions like FUNAAB, FUTA, and many others.
AY Nigeria is a Multi-Gifted Entrepreneur, Agric Consultant, Idea Merchant and a Critical Thinking & Situation Analysis Expert.
Tell us more about one of the Sustainable Development Goals you are currently involved in?
I recently launched an initiative AY Nigeria Goes to School which aims at spreading the message of Zero-Rape and Gender-Based Violence amongst secondary school students all over Nigeria, starting From Ekiti. I had visited 15 schools so far, and I hopes to raise a gender Balanced and rape free Generation.
What are the good and the bads involved?
Impact made is basically the good. The joy you feel from the Feedback and the fact that you know you’re contributing your quota in ending societal ills.
The Bad is in the fact that there’s little or no support from anywhere. The best you get sometimes is ‘thumbs up’ on your social media posts. A lot of people also misinterpret your intentions, they consider your help as a form of a ploy to dupe them, one way or the other.
And the big bad for me is that most times, even your team members desert you and you’re left to keep pushing the dream alone.
Juggling between so many Professions, as an OAP, Event Host/Compere, Public Speaker and Project Initiator, what can you say about Multitasking?
From my experience, Multitasking is a gift that can be learnt. It starts from the mind. Your mind must bear the ability to handle stress and stay positive. Enlarging your mental scope to bear and handle a lot of responsibilities is the key to Multitasking.
Another way to multitask is to increase your expertise. When you can do many things efficiently, then it’s going to be easy to do more than one thing at a time.
What motivated your NGO?
I don’t have an NGO yet, it’s still an initiative for now. It’s about knowing yourself and what you can handle. My schedule is pretty tight. I am involved in many developmental projects and can run an NGO efficiently. However, the war against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence amongst kids must continue, but we are still running it at an Initiative level.
My motivation is in my story.
I have a rape story and I know how much it almost messed up my life. Seeing its increasing in society now and mostly amongst kids, I decided to raise my voice against it. I am one of the few men that is doing this. I enjoin more men to join this Campaign, adding our voice will go a long way in effecting a change.
What advice do you have for young minds out there?
To the young ones out there, I will say, know thine self. For in knowing thine self shall you discover purpose.
You can contact AYNigeria using his contact details :
Chidi Nwaogu is a serial Internet entrepreneur, computer programmer, Westerwelle Fellow 2019, Yunus&Youth Global Fellow 2019, SensX Fellow 2017, recipient of OD Young Person of the Month Honour (for Nov. 2018), winner of Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional Competition 2019, first place winner of OD Impact Challenge 2018, a shortlisted candidate for Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 2019, and a finalist for the Halcyon Incubator’s Fall 2019 Fellowship. Chidi Nwaogu was the first person to tell his story at InterviewStories. You can read his Interview by clicking this link. Chidi Nwaogu application for Guinness World Record was recently accepted under the title Longest credit on a book. He talks about how his application, how he is able to achieve this, how his traveling does not affect his business and a lot more.
Can we know you?
I am Chidi Nwaogu, I started my entrepreneurial journey when I was 16 with the creation of 9ja Boi Interactive, a video game development company. Today, I am a Co-founder and CEO of Publiseer, a digital publisher for African Creatives, described by Konbini as “one of the largest digital publishers in Africa” and identified by IFC as one of the startups “that could speed up innovation in Africa.” Publiseer was listed in ModernGhana’s “List Of 10 African Innovations For January 2019”.
I was selected by World Youth Forum to participate at The Arab and African Youth Platform 2019 in Aswan, and by Mastercard Foundation to participate at Africa Youth Works Summit 2019 in Cape Town. My startups have been featured on several online and print media publications, like Africa Business Review, TechCrunch, IT News Africa, Konbini, PC Tech Magazine, Ventures Africa, and Ventureburn, for their strides in the tech ecosystem.
Since I was 19, I
have co-founded, grown and sold two Internet companies, including
LAGbook, a social network that garnered over 1-million registered
users within three years. As a programmer, I started learning how to
code since I was 13. Today, I am proficient in 5 programming
Nwaogu began public
speaking as a keynote speaker at IT Leaders West Africa Summit 2012,
where he gave a 30-min lecture on the role of social media and mobile
in developing nations. Today, Nwaogu speaks at several summits,
conferences, and seminars around the world.
Why is Chidi Nwaogu trending in Nigeria right now?
Trending? I had no
idea the name was trending. Or maybe because I’m outside Nigeria
more often these days.
It is said that you broke a fresh Guinness world record. How did you achieve this?
It is a record for the longest credit on a book. It’s a single book with a credit section with at least 10,001 names of real people who have given their consent to be credited. I posted on LinkedIn to get the consent of 10,001 people and ended up with over 21,000 people’s consents.
It is a record for the longest credit on a book. It’s a single book with a credit section with at least 10,001 names of real people who have given their consent to be credited. I posted on LinkedIn to get the consent of 10,001 people and ended up with over 21,000 people’s consents.
What was the previous Guinness World Record or is it a fresh Guinness World Record?
It’s a fresh
record. The Guinness World Record has a list of fresh records and
already broken records. The longest credit on a book is one of the
fresh records Guinness World Record has that hasn’t been broken
before, so I took on the challenge.
How did you get to know about the record?
I checked out the Guinness World Record official website and went through the list of records unbroken and broken. And the longest credit on a book took my interest since I’m a writer and a publisher as well.
Are you not supposed to be interested in entrepreneurship as an entrepreneur instead of breaking world records?
I like challenges and that’s why I got into entrepreneurship. The Guinness World Record was another challenge and I took it on.
How did you know you could break the record? Many people have tried to break Guinness World Record but failed.
A lot of people have tried breaking Guinness World Records and failed. I wasn’t 100 percent certain that I was going to break the record. I had my reservations but if we all held back when trying to accomplish something great because we are unsure of the result, then nothing great will be done. According to Nelson Mandela, you never know it’s possible until it’s done. If I fail trying to accomplish something great, at least I try to make sure I learn a thing or to from it and try again. You are never a failure if you don’t quit. Failure is success when you learn from it and try again this time, more intelligently
How did you apply for the Guinness World Record?
The Guinness World
Record website has an application form to apply for any record. You
just have to apply to break any record, and the Guinness World Record
will get back to you if your application request was granted or not.
It usually takes about 8 weeks for them to revert if a request to
break a record was accepted or not
What criteria do you need to apply for any record?
The reason why you
want to break the record, how you will positively impact your
community while doing it, and most importantly the steps you’ll
take to break the record. If they believe these, then your
application will probably be accepted
Do you need to pay to apply?
No, you don’t.
It’s solely based on merit. However, if you want the review process
to take a week and not eight weeks, then you can pay a small
How did you go about breaking the record?
I made a post on
LinkedIn asking for the consent of at least 10,001 people to include
their name as credits on my book. I asked them to comment “count
me” to indicate their interest and got 21,000+ comments asking to
be part of the credits
How long do you think your record can last considering people can get more on other social media like Instagram in a week?
I don’t know how long I will keep the record. What’s most important to me is that I wanted to break it and I did. Someone surpassing my record is normal. It shows that the world is getting better. Henry Ford manufactured the first commercial car. However, people manufactured better cars afterwards. It didn’t make Ford think his invention was surpassed. It only shows that the world is advancing and that’s good for me. It’s not all about me. It’s all about us.
Is the book that will win the longest credit on a book already out?
Not yet. But it will be out this quarter. Publiseer is the publisher of the book. That’s my publishing venture. The title of the book is “10 Laws of Finding the Right Co-founder”. It’s a book that outlines the qualities of a good co-founder and the strategies you need to adopt in order to find and keep the right co-founder.
Are you the only one trying to break this Guinness World Record?
Yeah, so far, that
I’m aware of.
Have you reached out to Guinness World Record after getting the credits on the book from LinkedIn?
Yes. They are looking forward to the book.
Tell us some records that you have previously set already?
This is my first
place breaking the Guinness World Record.
What of other records?
We have records
broken by Wizkid, Pinkie Debbie, DJ Obi and Kaffy. But I don’t know
the title of the records they broke. But I’m sure if googled, you
could know more about the individual records
Do you know you will be paid yearly for holding a Guinness World Record?
That’s untrue. The
Guinness World Record doesn’t pay any record holder. I confirmed
this from the committee. I think this is just a false perception of
the Guinness World Record that has existed over the years.
What other false perception do people have about Guinness World Record that you know?
That they receive
2million dollars on breaking the record. Which is completely untrue.
What do record owners get apart from breaking the record?
They get a
certificate from the Guinness World Record to show that they are
officially recognized as the record holder. This can be added to your
resume to indicate that you are an achiever that gets the impossible
done when you put your mind to it. The Guinness World Record is more
of an ego booster. It’s not a get rich scheme.
Do you enjoy travelling?
Yeah, I do, and
that’s why I travel a lot.
Does your company Publisher pay your travelling expenses or the programmes you attend?
No, all of them are fully funded by inviting organizations.Travelling for me puts things into perspective. It allows me to realize that there are far bigger things that my problems. Travelling allows you to see that the world is not always about you. It allows me to see how other people live and what they have to deal with on a daily basis.
humbled me and has broadened my perspective in so many ways.
Travelling has given me a sense of gratefulness for the modern day
comforts that I am able to enjoy, which billions of people out there
How do you get these invitations?
I apply for some
opportunities, while some reach out to me. Like I will be in Kenya
next month and Cape Town by October, thanks to the invitations of IPA
and Mastercard respectively.
How can people get access to these opportunities as most of these opportunities are quite hard to come by?
I don’t know how often people get these opportunities. People write to me asking how I got in and how I can help them too. I often share my application answers with them to aid them in their next application. I know it’s hard to get in, but I guess that I’ve been blessed to get into so many.
Does your travelling not affect the management of your company?
Not at all. I’ve
got a good team putting everything in place even when my phone is on
How can a leader have a good team?
Pick them wisely.
People whose strengths compliment your weaknesses and vice versa.
People you can coexist in the same place and thrive
For the first time,
not completely, but you will have a clue if you two will be able to
What should people expect of Chidi Nwaogu in the next five years?
I don’t know. I’m
just working hard to be better than the man I was yesterday. However,
there is one thing I know for sure, that in five years time, I will
be 500% percent better than the man who granted this interview. And I
will read this interview and smile and remember my humble beginnings.
Do you have any other thing to say?
When the journey gets tough, remember why you started the journey.
Different peope do different things. Ogunbowale Emmanuel is a student who makes a living out of entertainment. While many college students in Ibadan will know him by his stage name Eminence RapMachine, we at InterviewStories knows him as an artist that prescribes and cure illness with his form of entertainment, music.
Can we know you?
My name is Ogunbowale Emmanuel Gbolade popularly known by the stage name Eminence RapMachine. I am based in the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. I am an Artiste, Actor, an Entertainer generally
I always wanted to become a medical doctor back then in secondary school all because I want to save life’s and help cure people with problems but I fell deeply in love with music and I told myself *”Why try to save people with obvious illness? why not save people with depression issues, sadness and all. Things they can’t take to the hospital”. Eminence RapMachine just love making people happy. I’ll say I’m still a doctor but music and entertainment is what I prescribe and cure you with
How did you venture into entertainment?
It all started in
secondary school when I was about to write my WAEC in early 2016. A
friend of mine “Banji” downloaded an application that you
can make beats with and we started playing with it and rapping on the
beats using lyrics of other rappers like Dagrin, Olamide, Lil Wayne
until one day we tried to write our own lyrics and do some freestyles
and it was not that bad so…we continued and turned it into a daily
routine (writing more lyrics, challenging one another)
Until one day my best friend Ay_Lyon said to me,Emmy let’s go to the studio and record a song at first the idea sounded funny and crazy because I never saw my self becoming an artist but we
recorded a song together titled Roll it. and since then I just
couldn’t stop doing music and making people happy because I love the seeing joy on people’s faces whenever I entertain them or encourage them in my way
Tell us your first experience in the studio?
Wow…My first time in studio felt strange (I couldn’t believe I was recording a song). It was my first time in that kind of environment but at the same time, it felt like home in a cool way. I enjoyed every part of the session; from making the beat to recording to the producer complaining about the way we are recording like armatures. Very funny but I knew making good music and making people happy is what I wanted do for the rest of my life.
How did you acquire the name Eminence RapMachine?
Hmm… I actually gave my self the name Eminence. Initially my stage name was Emmyboy Wizzy then EmmyRocky but I sat down one day and remembered the Yoruba adage Oruko maa n ro yan meaning you live up to your name or behave according to your name then I started searching for a name that will at least capture what I want to become in life. That was how I came up with the name Eminence which means someone successful and well.
I went for a show where I performed and after my performance, people were like how come you are never tired on stage with that kind of crazy mind-blowing performance? then a fan answered and said that I was a machine. That was how I got the name RapMachine from my fans
Tell us about your latest work?
I dropped my first official singles this year January 2019 titled Fine Girls and BOTM(Beast on the microphone). Two songs at the same time. Crazy? I know. I just dropped another love jam titled MINE this month.
What inspires you to produce these songs?
BOTM(Beast on the microphone) was basically about how lyrically insane I am on the microphone portraying me as the beast on the microphone. So… It is self-exalting.
Same as Fine Girls.I’m a very cute and attractive guy so ladies come after me all the time. That is what Inspired the song. So I called myself husband of all fine girls and made people realize that I don’t chase babes instead they rush me
For MINE … The inspiration behind it is an imaginary babe in my head I’m about to
know. She’s the exact picture of the babe I’ll love to be with forever .So.. I’m basically letting her know I want to make her MINE and MINE alone
Is MINE your biggest hit so far?
Well… MINE is different from my normal kinda songs. It’s very calm and emotional. Plus it just dropped so it is still fresh and I still have a lot of better Sounds I’m yet to unveil. But no doubt MINE issa banger.
Do people appreciate music in Nigeria?
Recently, YES. Nigerians are starting to appreciate music but not as much as foreign countries, for now. That is why you see Nigerians trying to go international and their fans abroad are really crazy about them.
Tell us about your first experience on stage?
It’s really a funny one. It was a live performance with my friend sQ under a group named THUG. I was very very nervous facing hundreds of people mostly females ,I held the microphone like a church choir while I was rapping, I didn’t move that much on stage and the painful part was that I forgot my second verse out of fear for about 30 seconds. Thank God sQ covered up for me before I was able to remember but it was so much fun and experience.
Do you make a lot from music?
Well… I make a whole lot from music. I make a living out of music but if what you mean is cash the answer is NO. You know how the upcoming artiste’s life goes. People see you’re good even better than some Star so they call you to shut down their show and still don’t want to pay the way they know they should.
Lack of investors and Sponsors is really slowing things down but we keep pushing and hoping for the best.
What then makes you continue?
Passion. There are a
lot of people out there that my song will heal their soul. If I stop
now what do I gain. So I just keep going because I know it’s not all
about the money it’s about healing souls and making people happy and
giving then joy
Will you still be doing music for long?
Yes. For a very long time. I have a lot to do and I’ve not done 1% I’m just starting. Not just music alone but Entertainment generally.
Have you ever regretted doing entertainment or been disappointed before?
Hmm… No. Sure we have down times where you’re like God will this hustle pay? but all these things are expected. So whenever somethings happen, I just laugh because it is expected and not strange. I am not the first person it will ever happen to . I just focus on where I’m going and why I’m doing what I’m doing.
What advice do you have for upcoming artists?
Just keep it 100%. Know why you’re doing what you’re doing and focus. Don’t just follow the crowd. Be determined and prepared for anything that comes your way both challenges and opportunities because both will always come your way.
What mistakes should newcomers avoid in the entertainment industry?
Walking in the shadow of another artist and not having your own brand that is really YOU. You have to be unique in your own special way. Also, newcomers should not just take music as an escape route thinking it’s easy that’s why we have a lot of artists singing all sort of empty songs (the producers are the ones doing the job because we dance to their beat). New comers need to be sure Entertainment is what they’re really born for.
What makes your kind of entertainment unique?
Eminence RapMachine fuse different sounds together and I just do it my way and own it. So, if you listen to my songs you can hardly say I’m following one particular artiste or pattern of music. I’m flexible. I don’t do a one-way thing where all my songs sound the same
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
10 years time I see
my self impacting lives with my music and entertaining people
worldwide. Maybe even on a World Tour. Having millions of fans all
over the world. Breaking records and winning awards and becoming a
How can people contact you?
You can connect with me on IG @ Eminence_RapMachine_ , Twitter @ EminenceRM .You can also type my name Eminence RapMachine on Google to download my songs.And also watch my videos on YouTube and subscribe. Information about booking is on my Instagram bio
Numerous individuals are frightened of wandering into Real Estate business in Nigeria. This might be a result of the way that it is capital serious, the learning and data required to wander into it is a very much guided mystery to those in the Real Estate business. Loss of lives and properties while participating in the business is something that is areal hazard in the business in Nigeria. Likewise, numerous individuals are terrified of being cheated or as it is known being misled by the Omo Onile’s. We met a Realtor who happens to profit in this industry authentically. Baruwa Ibrahim happens to be somebody who knows a considerable amount about the business and he educates us concerning how he came to be known as Realtor Baruwa. His adoration for land caused him to procure this name. The Interview we at InterviewStories had with him goes beneath.
Who is Baruwa Ibrahim?
Baruwa Ibrahim is a goal driven person who is passionate about success and also impacting into the world. I am a property investment consultant, I help millennials, the working class and also high net worth individuals acquire genuine properties with high capital appreciation in appreciable locations.
Baruwa \ibrahimam also the CEO of Right Properties Nigeria. I consult for Novarick Homes and Properties, the developers of the first Solar powered estate in Lagos(Earls Court), Landwey, Veritasi Homes and Properties, Christal Homes e.t.c I also do digital and content marketing for startups and established entrepreneurs.
How and when did you start your venture as a real estate consultant?
A neighbour (Mrs Chioma) introduced me to a real estate marketing group (Billionaire Realtors Group) in 2015, they partner with several reputable real estate companies in Nigeria to help them sell their properties to potential investors. I made my research on the industry and later fell in love with it not because of the commission but because I will be involved in the process of making people’s dreams come true and also using my expertise to make the property acquisition process hassle-free.
When did you start being Realtor Baruwa?
The name realtor Baruwa came when I found my love and passion for real estate. During the course of my research, I discovered that a realtor is a person who simplifies the process of buying properties for the buyer which is my value proposition. And also since been popularly known as Baruwa, I decided to coin the name for myself Realtor Baruwa.
How does one get involved in the real estate business in Nigeria?
There are various ways one can venture into the real estate business. You can be a developer i.e companies/individuals that develop real estate or a real estate consultant like me, helping interested buyers acquire genuine properties.
Another way is being an investor, whereby you purchase a property either for passive income or capital growth. Advanced ways like REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) also exists. I have a lot of articles addressing this topic on my website realtorbaruwa.com.ng.
Is it not expensive to venture into real estate consultancy?
I won’t say it is expensive, basically, as a real estate consultant, you need to invest time and money in gaining knowledge about the industry and also basic marketing skills.
A lot of seminars are being organized to train people to be a good real estate consultant. Some paid, some free. You can start small with less capital intensive marketing campaigns and attending free seminars. Then as your revenue increases, you can opt in for both paid seminars and adopt large reach campaigns.
Which do your customers do more, either own the property you sell to them or resell it as a means of passive income?
Due to the large housing deficit in Nigeria, customers are subscribing to own a home than buying rental properties for passive income. People now prefer to own their home than to rent even if it is within a rural community.
How do we know that your business is not fake?
Realtor Baruwa partners with reputable companies in Nigeria which are registered with the government. Eliminating the fears of buying properties with bad titles, litigations and other encumbrances. Right Properties is a consulting agency that connects the potential investors with these companies and financial transactions are between these two parties.
What tips do you have to first-time property buyers?
They should be on the lookout for two vital things. Which are location and the genuineness of the property they intend to purchase? Proper property search should be done to ascertain whether the property is owned by the seller and also if the title documents are not fake. In the case of investment property, they should investigate if the property has the potentials of value appreciation in a short time.
How much is the least one can have to buy a property?
It depends on the location. My farm area are all metropolitan areas ie areas with projected growth. Lands sell for as low as four hundred and fifty thousand naira(₦450, 000) in Sterling Courts located in Agboowa, Ikorodu, Lagos. In Ogun, Silverton Gardens Simawa sells for seven hundred thousand naira (₦700, 000).
Do you sell land in different states of Nigeria or you have some selected states?
My farm areas are Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ibadan, Abuja, Port-Harcourt, Calabar. I also sell for some real estate companies in Dubai. The likes of Azizi, Damac and Vincintoire. A farm area is where/ the location a realtor operates.
What do you stand to gain from being a real estate dealer?
Real estate is a very lucrative business in Nigeria. Everybody in the chain of distribution gets their own share of this wonderful investment vehicle. From the developers to the investors and also we the middlemen are not left out.
Apart from the area of revenues, incentives and emoluments, you also get to build your confidence. Honesty and Integrity are two important traits you must have as a real estate consultant, it will really make you thrive in the industry.
What are the risks that you take as a real estate dealer?
The risk associated with being a real estate dealer includes selling a property with encumbrance to an investor and this can be avoided by doing due diligence on that property which means ascertaining that the seller has the right to sell ie a rightful owner and also that the property has good title documents.
How do more than one person collaborate to buy a property?
This alternative way of asset financing is also referred to as joint venture or Syndication. A real estate joint venture(JV) is a deal between multiple parties to work together and compile resources to develop a real estate project. The key aspects that must be addressed before a JV agreement includes; the distribution of profits among the parties, capital contribution, management and control and also exit mechanism.
Why should people patronize Realtor Baruwa?
Realtor Baruwa delivers a world-class service in securing legitimate properties to potential investors and other interested individuals. I prioritize customer satisfaction and value delivery in all transactions.
Do you buy the land from Omo Onile?
Most of the properties I do market are owned by reputable real estate companies in Nigeria and not Omo Onile.
What problems have you encountered as a real estate dealer/consultant?
The major problem is potential investors, not having trust in you as a realtor. I won’t say it is their fault, probably they have been swindled before or heard stories of how people have been defrauded by unscrupulous real estate agents.
Thanks to the Nigerian government for promulgating laws that deals with any fraudulent land transactions and they are now stringent penalties for defaulters. That’s the main reason I market properties owned by real estate companies and if I want to sell for individuals, I would have done my due diligence.
Real estate education also is very low among potential investors as they disregard the investment opportunities in developing areas with the notions that these areas are not developed yet, waterlogged and have no prospects of development. I wrote an article on Land banking which has been an investment strategy most real estate billionaires around the world have been using.
How can students be involved in Real Estate?
Everybody wants something good, everybody wants real estate. The main limiting factor is finance and it is more prominent among student as they don’t have a stable source of income that can finance a real estate investment.
Although, there are alternative options to finance the investment. The first one is syndication and it is an effective way for investors to pool their financial and intellectual resources to invest in properties than they could afford or manage on their own.
Real estate Wholesaling is another alternative option of financing. This is done by helping real estate companies market their properties to thier networks in exchange for a commission. The proceeds gotten from this will then be channelled into buying an investment property. A sales commission can either enable you the means to pay in instalments or outrightly depending on the volume of sales and property type.
What are the services you provide for prospective buyers that other realtors do not provide?
What sets me aside from other real estate consultants is that I take my time to align my client’s interest to an investment property. For example, a client might be interested in passive income over capital growth. I will advise this client to purchase a rental residential or commercial property rather than buying landed properties. I also provide and recommend educational materials to my clients to see them through a successful investment sojourn.
Do you accept cash or bank transfer for your transactions?
The financial transaction is done between the real estate company and the investor. And these companies have their banks accounts interested buyers pay into after filling the subscription form.
Have you committed any error that was hard to rectify since you started being a real estate dealer?
I will say no because as a professional you have to make smart decisions. Not that I haven’t committed any error before, but not the ones that are hard to rectify.
What advice do you have to people with trust issues about real estate in Nigeria?
It is good to have trust issues with a venture you do not know much about. That’s why I always advocate for real estate education. I do that a lot on my social media handles and website. It is hard to fall victim to fraudsters and other bad outcomes of real estate investment if one is well informed. Working with tested and trusted professionals can also mitigate the risk of loss of investment.
What should all prospective buyers consider before thinking of buying a property?
The first factor they should consider is the location. Location is very essential to every real estate investment because it is the factor that will determine whether your intended investment strategy will thrive or not. Let’s say you are planning to reside in a property with your family, you have to consider if the location has a good school district, recreational places, supermarkets and also of it is accessible.
Another factor to consider is the budget. Can they afford the investment property, if not do they have access to mortgage or other alternative financing options?
Have you ever had to deal with legal issues before?
No, I haven’t. Once you are doing your due diligence as a real estate consultant, there won’t be any legal issues. Even if it erupts, the verdict will be in your favour.
What advice do you have for finalist in tertiary institutions?
As final year students, they should all be thinking of their future and working towards being a 21st-century graduate. They should take an interest in developing vital soft skills, time management and interpersonal skills and also network with industry leaders.
What advice do you have for other students?
I started real estate consulting when I was in 300 level and I can say the skills and networks I have acquired have been helpful. They can also start very early so that by the time they graduate, they are valuable to the labour market. They can invest in Real Estate. If they don’t have access to personal financing, they can access the alternative financing option I talked about earlier. Syndication and real estate wholesaling.
What skills do you have that made it easy for you to manage your business effectively?
Content Marketing and Digital Marketing skills. These are vital skills every entrepreneur of the modern age most have. The world is online, your target market is online. How do you intend to reach them if you aren’t? Other skills I have include sales and prospecting skills.
What skills are you thinking of acquiring to improve your skills?
Basic financial skills like bookkeeping and also managerial skills.
Do you think every successful person needs to participate in politics?
No, we have people that are not in politics that are impacting the world with their philanthropic and innovative activities. So many foundations, academy and NGOs are coming up every day.
How can people acquire funds for their startup?
There are different methods to fund startups. If you can’t bootstrap, approach venture capitalist and angel investors. There are also many grants and funding opportunities online. Prepare your pitch deck and business plan and access those channels
What do you think is the greatest problem that entrepreneurs have?
I will say enabling environment. The business environment in Nigeria is not conducive for entrepreneurs. I will advise the government to pass bills that will create an enabling and conducive environment for entrepreneurs to thrive in.
Do you think every business must have a strong online presence?
Yes. The world is online and almost everybody has a smartphone. You can reach your target market online either via organic reach or promoted campaigns.
What do you think the government needs to do to encourage more entrepreneurs in society?
Helping entrepreneurs start and thrive is a win-win situation for the government. Local businesses help support the tax base through businesses taxes and through the wages provided to employees. The possibility of workforce expansion and economic growth increases with more entrepreneurs in the country.
How can we contact you?
People can contact via phone /WhatsApp +2347087389600 and also via email – email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org