Sijibomi Ogundele exemplifies the textbook definition of a Grass to Grace success story. A young man whose evolution from a barely average social standing, through hard work and perseverance, has seen him emerge as an achiever in the society. With a unique blend of entrepreneurship drive from a legal background, his vast wealth of experience as a venture capitalist-cum-investment strategist has established this astute businessman as an outstanding individual amongst his peers.
Making a bold move to relocate to Africa and discover the lacunae in Nigeria luxury real estate, he has religiously made it his mission to deliver classic properties across Lagos. Sijibomi was recently described by Top international news experts as a brave young entrepreneur, set to revolutionise the luxury real estate market in Nigeria; setting standards of excellence and simultaneously expanding his interests in construction, infrastructure, and entertainment, a feat which has positioned him as a man to watch out for in the revolution of Nigeria’s prime real estate industry.
Suji (as he is fondly called) started his business career in venture capital, involving a number of transactions across Europe and the Middle East. He’s worked with top CEOs and business leaders, an excerpt from an interview granted by Mr Ogundele quotes: “My position today is the dividend of hard work but above all the lessons I’ve learnt from mentors and CEOs of different multinational companies”. A mentor of his, Sujimoto Koga predicted: “Siji…everything he touches seems to turn to gold.” He has made the significance of this motivational word a personal mantra.
With a certified international network, innovative practices, and attention to detail, his objective of propelling the firm into a 21st century property development company of repute is fast becoming a reality; a feat which is an attestation to Mr. Ogundele’s foresight, resilience and ingenuity in project executions.
Yazeed Mohammad AlRahji
From inception, Sujimoto has always been strategically aligned with excellence, as illustrated in the firm’s strategic partnership with visionary real estate maestro Mr. Yazeed Alrahji – Chairman of Yazeed Alrahji Real Estate Investment Company, a conglomerate notably recognized as one of the top real estate development firms in Saudi Arabia. He is a “gentleman” as voted by Rotana Magazine Consensus. Yazeed is a keen World Rally Champion (WRC) driver and also the first Saudi Arabian to be selected as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. His wealth of experience and investment in the Sujimoto group is a formidable strength in the company’s equilibrium.
Rui Jorge Branco Cavaleiro
Rui Jorge Branco Cavaleiro is an internationally acclaimed architect with experience in innovative contemporary architectural designs and urbanism, with a degree in Architecture from FAUP (Oporto University) and a Postgraduate in Project Planning and Urban Environment in FAUP / FEUP (Oporto University).
As a principal Architect with Branco Cavaleiro Architects based in Portugal since 2002, Cavaleiro conducts studies and projects in specialty areas – architecture and urban planning at international level. He develops design of furniture, fixtures and signage activities in Design and Interior Architecture areas.
Since 1998, Cavaleiro has been a Teacher in the School of Technology and Management, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (IPVC) and a coordinator of the Environment Design degree since May 2013.
He is a Guest speaker in conferences and seminars in Portugal, Italy and Spain. He has authored several articles published in specialised journals. Since 1998, he has been a Teacher in the School of Technology and Management, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (IPVC) and a coordinator of the Environment Design degree since May 2013.
Cavaleiro was born in Viana do Castelo, Portugal.
Bagavade Eswar S.
Eswar is a multi-talented, professional Civil Engineer with international expertise in Project Management Engineering with specialization in Project Advisory, Contracts, Costs, Commercial Management, etc.
A Professional certified member and Fellow RICS, Fellow QSI, Member AIQS, Member CIArb, Member MIS, Certified International Project Manager from IAPM and Member of AACE & PMI.
He has over 23 years’ experience in diverse projects ranging from Commercial, Residential, Infra-structure engineering, and Master Projects development, also trained by RICS Accredited Mediation.
A speaker in seminars also trains promising Engineers in Costs & Contracts for IIQS, AIMS, and prospective members of RICS & AIQS.
He is the founder, 3EG group, spanning Middle East and North Africa and India.
Corporate Communications Executive
Damilola is a Brand and Communication Professional with over seven (7) years’ experience in building brands and solving complex communication challenges, hinged on strong consumer insights and trends, using traditional and new media.
With a strong background in copywriting, he has worked on several brands including Intercontinental Bank, FCMB and Pan Ocean Oil, to mention a few. He developed the ‘stand by you’ radio jingle for the defunct Intercontinental Bank.
Damilola was part of the creative team that developed the marketing and communication strategy for Honeywell Semolina and Wheat Meal’s introduction to the Nigerian market and also was also part of the creative and communication team for the Action Congress of Nigeria 2011 presidential campaign.
In 2012, he was assigned the creative director and content provider for a radio technology show titled Digital Passion. Through a 3rd party, he developed a Social Interactive Idea for MTN intended to run on the ‘MTN Pulse’ platform for their youth market, themed “MTN Play 4 Fun’ which was aimed at increasing their youth subscriber’s base as well as positioning them as an innovative brand.
Damilola has performed in senior position as brand and communications executive in the Real Estate/Construction industry as well as gained experience working as head of communications for the Anglophone West African Region of an international Non-Governmental Organization. He is a versatile and highly skilled communication expert with hands-on experience in the creation and implementation of strategic communication collaterals and effective media relationship management.
As a testament to his ingenuity, his Television commercials titled ‘Landlord Palaver’, won a LAIF Award (Lagos Advertising & Ideas Festival) in 2010.
He is a graduate of Communications and Language Art, University of Ibadan with a certificate in New Business Model in Society from the University of Virginia.