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Why AIHS is the Best Home Ownership Event for Everyone

The Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) is simply a marketplace of houses. It is a competing ground for several local and international home builders and mortgage institutions looking to offer the best deals to customers.

For the past 13 years, the show has been able to cater to the housing needs of its teeming participants, who are always attracted by the unbeatable deals – deals they couldn’t have gotten elsewhere.

Michael Olu is a civil servant with five children. He had spent 20 years working but couldn’t own a home of his own because of the cost. The high cost of land, infrastructure and capital often make it impossible, even for workers to own their own homes. But AIHS changed his story.

On recommendation, he attended the Abuja International Housing Show for the sole purpose of owning his own home and that dream came true. Michael was able to key into one of the affordable housing mortgages at the show and today he has a house of his own, bringing joy to his wife and children. The rent days are over.

This is a story of many other people. Whether it is affordable mortgage or a developer with an affordable housing project, the show offers multiple options of affordability for participants. A lot of estates, especially those built without offtakers have been taken by customers at the show who found the deals too good to resist.

Whether you are a CEO or an artisan, the Show ensures that there are affordable housing options for everyone. From bankers to consultants, lawyers, graphic designers, web developers, journalists, video editors, chauffeurs, engineers, marketers, technicians, artisans, freelancers and even students, the show offers diverse range of home ownership opportunities that can take beneficiaries to the next level. For those seeking to own their own homes, attending the show will be like killing multiple birds with 1 stone.

Best Bargains

Many participants choose to attend the Show because of its wide display of products at unbeatable rates. The show offers opportunities to make direct purchases at discounted rates.

The Show has helped reduce the cost of home acquisition because it demands the participating mortgage banks and estate developers to sell their products at much discounted event-rates, which is usually the case. As a result, a lot of people come to the Show without a home, but eventually leave with one because the deals are usually too good to be rejected.

The Show has overtime helped people expose themselves and their organizations to new options of housing financing.

Owning Your Home with Integrity

What stands AIHS out is its ability to not only offer these opportunities, but to also ensure that the participating estate developers and mortgage institutions are credible and trust worthy. The housing sector is fraught with incidences of fraud, and it is in a bid to root out such practises that AIHS is being convened in the first place. Only companies that have passed through the show’s due diligence are offered the platform to showcase their housing products.

Most customers attend the show because they are aware that they would be dealing with trusted brands. It is an opportunity to own your own home with integrity, without fear of being scammed or losing your home in the future to any unforeseen error. Those who have gotten their homes through the show over the years continue to testify to how at peace they are with their choices.

You Can Be a Lucky Offtaker

Some estate developers come to the show as an avenue to get offtakers for their projects. Because of the cost of building, most estate developers are advised to make their developments easier by reaching prior agreements with offtakers.

So in this case, you can decide not just where you want the house to be, but the design that you want. The developers will build the homes to the exact taste of their customers.

You Can Own a Home by Joining Participating Cooperatives

AIHS hosts a lot of housing cooperatives from across the country every year. It will be an opportunity for anyone who hasn’t joined any cooperative to seek out the ones that satisfies their demands and join them in order to lessen the burden of owning a home.

These cooperatives also use the show to meet with estate developers who can develop at very affordable rates for their members. Given that they have the numbers, it will naturally reduce the cost for their members. This is an economic cost advantage show that one shouldn’t miss out of.

AIHS Brings Government Housing Initiatives to the Target Audience

Aside private developers, there are also other government housing institutions like the Family Homes Funds, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company and others at the show promoting the affordable housing initiatives of the government that people can key into and reap benefits.

The Family Homes Funds for example is currently undertaking a federal government project of providing at least 500, 000 homes by 2023. The project is targeted at low income earners who are the most affected in terms of home ownership in Nigeria. Family Homes Funds like many other government bodies at the show will be exhibiting their affordable housing projects like the mass housing scheme, the Help-to-Buy scheme and other affordable home ownership schemes that they have.

Opportunities like this come rarely for buyers, especially because the choices available to them are more of limited promo offers which clearly proves why you need to be at the show.

Attending the AIHS is therefore a lifetime opportunity for home-seekers. Records show that more people sign up to home ownership opportunities at the Abuja Housing Show than any other housing event in Africa. Economic realities have increasingly made it difficult for people to build their own homes, but AIHS has devised a way to provide alternative and affordable options for everyone and you can’t let this pass you by.

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

Meet the VIP Speakers – 13th Abuja International Housing Show

The 13th Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) will be holding from 23rd to 26th July 2019. The globally recognised Show on housing and construction will among other things, including exhibition and making sales, feature a strong panel of national and international speakers.

The speakers who are drawn from reputable institutions like mortgage banks, real estate companies, housing regulatory agencies, construction companies, housing finance firms etc. and from various countries including USA, UK, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda etc. will speak on this year’s theme which is; ‘’Driving Sustainable Housing Finance Models in the Midst of Global Uncertainty.’’

Meet Them:

Prof Yemi Osinbajo

Prof Yemi Osinbajo is the current Vice President of Nigeria, a lawyer and politician. He is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Professor of Law and until his inauguration as Vice President, a Senior Partner with SimmonsCooper Partners, a commercial law practice firm. He was previously appointed as the Attorney General of Lagos state, also known as the Commissioner of Justice during the governorship tenure of Bola Tinubu. He is an accomplished lawyer and visionary leader.

Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu

Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu is Governor of Lagos state. He contested and won the 2019 gubernatorial election under the All Progressives Congress (APC). He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, as well as the London Business School, Lagos Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Prior to his gubernatorial ambition, he was the Managing Director/CEO of Lagos State Property Development Commission (LSPDC). He is an accomplished banker and public servant.

Godwin Obaseki

Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki is the current Governor of Edo State. He was the Chairman of the Edo State Economic and Strategy Team inaugurated by former Governor Adams Oshiomole in March 2009. Obaseki holds post graduate degrees in both Finance and International Business, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers, Nigeria. Obaseki served as executive board member of several private companies including Afrinvest.

Samuel Atta Akyea

Samuel Atta Akyea is a Ghanaian lawyer and politician. A member of the New Patriotic Party of Ghana. He is the Minister for Works and Housing, and the current Member of Parliament of Akim Abuakwa South constituency. He is only the second person apart from President Nana Akufo-Addo to have been elected as MP of that constituency in the 4th republic. He has worked at the Attorney General’s Department, at Akufo-Addo Prempeh & Co. He has worked at Zoe, Akyea & Co., for a period of 14 years. He has been a Member of Parliament since January 2009. He has also served on the Finance, Public Accounts Judiciary and Appointments Committees of Parliament.

Lew Shulman

Lew Shulman is the CEO and Chairman of The Board, iBUILD Global Incorporated, USA – a mobile application on citizen-to-citizen (C2C) housing market disruption tool that empowers people to build, reversing their housing plight through small-scale construction based on each individual’s unique needs. Lew Shulman is an international Investor, Speaker and Serial Entrepreneur. Currently Lew is leading a technology company (Co-Founder) which has developed an end to end Mobile Platform for the construction/housing space in developing countries with partnership contributions from IBM and MasterCard Innovation Labs. He will be sharing his experience over a diverse career and applying his knowledge and desire to help develop and apply scalable solutions to complex global social issues at this year’s Abuja International Housing Show.

Debra Erb

Ddebra Erb is the Managing Director of Housing Programs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, where she leads a team of finance officers to develop, diligence, underwrite and close SME debt and guaranty facilities in emerging markets. She also oversee a worldwide responsibility for business development in the housing finance and mortgage finance sectors. She was previously the President, Societas International Institute for Real Estate Finance, initially funded by the Mortgage Bankers Association of America to support research, technical assistance and training in “best practices” of mortgage finance around the world. The globally acclaimed mortgage expert will be sharing valuable information at this year’s Show.

 

Kecia Rust

Kecia Rust is the Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF). She is a housing policy specialist and has worked with both public and private sector practitioners in promoting access to affordable housing and housing finance in Africa for the past 20 years. She was the Housing Finance Coordinator at the FinMark Trust from 2003-2014, from where CAHF was established. Over the span of her career, Kecia has consulted and undertaken research in affordable housing finance, residential property assets and property markets, rental and social housing, and the creation of sustainable human settlements, among other issues. Kecia participated in the Wharton School’s International Housing Finance Programme, U.S.A. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A., and a Masters of Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Anders Lindquist

Anders Lindquist is Founder and President, Business Development at EchoStone housing. He has over the years coordinated a company that applies special technology to build homes and properties. He will be sharing the secrets behind EchoStone’s ability to reshape and modernise building construction in Africa and beyond.

Robert Hornsby

Robert Hornsby is the CEO of American Homebuilders of West Africa (AHWA), through which he is tackling the housing deficit in West Africa and giving the African diaspora better ways to invest in their home countries. He will inspire participants at the Show with his ability to produce positive change in challenging global environments. His passion for places he has worked and the people he has met will be an interesting feature when he speaks at this year’s Show.

Olivia Caldwell

Olivia Caldwell is a Principal at the Affordable Housing Institute (AHI), where she is currently leading projects across Sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti and the South Pacific. Olivia has a decade of experience in housing finance, housing public-private partnerships, post-disaster reconstruction and green construction. Prior to joining AHI, Olivia worked for CEMEX, one of the world’s largest cement companies, in developing affordable housing solutions in Latin America, with an emphasis on post-disaster reconstruction in Haiti. Olivia has an Executive Master’s in Management from the London School of Economics, an MA in Sustainable Development from the United Nations Mandated University, and a BA in Anthropology from McGill University.

Agnes Tokumbo Martins

Agnes is a Director at Central Bank of Nigeria. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Lagos in 1983, and joined the Central Bank of Nigeria in 1990. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration also from the University of Lagos. In 2001, she proceeded to London South Bank University, United Kingdom to study Advanced Information Technology specialising in Object Oriented Analysis and Design and graduated with a Distinction. She obtained a second Bachelors degree in Applied Accounting with First Class Honours from the Oxford Brookes University, also in the United Kingdom. She is the first female president of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Lagos Chapter. She is a member of Risk Managers Association of Nigeria’s Board of Trustees.

Mounia Tagma

Mounia Tagma is the Regional Manager, Affordable Housing Institute, Morocco. She is a prominent stakeholder in North-Africa and Middle East Housing Development.

Femi Adewole

Femi Adewole is the MD/CEO of Family Homes Funds – an initiative of the Federal Government aimed at facilitating affordable housing delivery by entering into specific partnerships with supportive state governments, developers and international partners/agencies that can provide technical support and financing for project implementation. Femi Adewole is a real estate and housing professional with over 25 years’ experience leading housing initiatives across Sub Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom. Until his appointment, he was managing director of Shelter Afrique, the Nairobi- based pan-African housing finance company.

Deji Alli

Deji Alli is the Chairman and CEO of Mixta Africa SA. Prior to this, he served as the founding CEO of Asset & Resource Management Company Limited (ARM), a role which he stepped down from in July 2015. Deji’s career also spans Prudential Portfolio Managers Limited, UK and the African Development Bank. He holds a B.S degree in accounting and a post-graduate degree in Finance from the University of Lagos.

Kehinde Ogundimu

Mr. Kehinde Ogundimu is Managing Director of Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company Plc and has been its Executive Director since November 26, 2015. Mr. Ogundimu is a seasoned professional with over 20 years’ work experience in financial services (secondary mortgage and diversified banking), energy and public accounting. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and subsequently worked in various capacities at Texaco Overseas (now Chevron Nig. Ltd) in Nigeria and in the Washington DC region at Pepco Energy Services, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and finally at Capital One Bank, where he was the Head of Debt, Derivatives and Securitization before joining NMRC. Mr. Ogundimu is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA), a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder. He has attended several executive management programs in leading educational institutions including Harvard Business School and Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Mr. Ogundimu holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng Honors) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ibadan and obtained an MBA from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Ahmed Dangiwa

Ahmed Dangiwa is the MD of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria. He is an architect with over 30 years of Real Estate, Infrastructure Development, Banking and Management experience spanning private and public practices as well as in academia. He was previously a Managing Partner of AM Design Consults since 1996, an architectural and real estate development consultancy firm, and Jarlo International Nig. Ltd, a Construction Company, where he supervised the delivery of several outstanding projects in diverse areas and sectors across the country, mainly in real estate development. Arc. Dangiwa excelled as a mortgage finance practitioner, rising through the ranks in Sahel Mortgage Finance Limited from a Property Manager to Head of Credit Control to becoming the Manager, Mortgage Banking Division.

Prof Mustapha Zubairu

Prof Mustapha Zubairu is the Project Consultant, Niger state Smart City Project. Before his appointment, the lecturer from Federal University of Technology, Minna facilitated a partnership between the Niger government and the UN habitat which attracted the Korean Business Society to the state.

Prof Johnson Falade

Prof Johnson Falade is Former country rep for UN HABITAT in Nigeria. She is a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Member Town Planning Registration Council, Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, and Member Nigerian Society of Landscape Architects.

Prof Charles Inyangete

Prof. Charles Inyangete is the Former and Pioneer Chief Executive Officer – Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC). He was previously the Chief Executive Officer T-Mortgage Limited, Group Chief Executive Officer Integrated Risk & Investment Services (IRIS), and Independent Non-Executive Director, Exim Bank.

Andrew Chimphondah

Andrew Chimphondah is the MD of Shelter Afrique, the Pan-African finance institution dealing exclusively with providing affordable housing finance and advisory solutions in Africa. Mr Chimphondah, a Zimbabwean national is a Chartered Accountant and member of both the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ). He holds an MBA majoring in International Finance from the Durham University Business School (United Kingdom). He is currently completing his PHD thesis on innovative housing finance solutions for the affordable housing market with the Da Vinci Institute in South Africa. Mr Chimphondah, has more than 20 years Finance and Business executive leadership experience in real estate finance, retail and wholesale banking. He joined Shelter Afrique from Housing Investment Partners (PTY) Limited where he served as the Group Chief Executive. He has also worked as the Managing Executive for National Housing Finance Corporation which is the largest developmental financial institution in Southern Africa. He has also served as Director and Managing Executive Levels focusing on home loans at ABSA and the Standard Bank in South Africa.

Hakeem Ogunniran

Hakeem Ogunniran is the MD/CEO Eximia Realty, Abuja. He is the former Managing Director of UACN Property Development Company Plc. He also served as Divisional Managing Director of MDS Logistics, a Division of UAC of Nigeria Plc. He served as Manager, Legal Services of UACN Plc. From 1998 to March 2000, he served as Western Area Manager, Marketing Manager, GBO/MDS Division of UACN and Acting Managing Director of UPDC at various times. He was a Director of UACN Property Development Company Plc until 2018. Mr Ogunniran attended various training programmes including the General Management Programme of Ashridge Management College, U.K (2000) and the Strategic Leadership Programme of Cranfield University, UK. He served as President and Chairman of Council of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria. Mr. Ogunniran holds LL.B, Masters of Law (LL.M) and MBA degrees from the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985.

Ugochukwu Chime

Reverend (Surv) Ugochukwu Obiora CHIME, Surveyor, Real Estate Developer, Physical Development Consultant etc, is the National President of Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), and President of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA). He is a notable FMBN consultant in Real Estate Development with many successful developments across the country to his credit. He had a 15 years working experience with Anambra/Enugu States Government in Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Development (May 1980 – June 1995). He started serving as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of COPEN GROUP OF COMPANIES from June 1995 till date. He served as Chairman, Board of Directors, Enugu State Housing Development Corporation (2003 – 2007). He is also the Chairman, Bethel Microfinance Bank Ltd and sits on the Board of many other companies.

Adeniyi Akinlusi

Mr. Adeniyi A. Akinlusi is the President, Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN). He was previously the Chief Executive of Intercontinental Homes Savings & Loans Plc. Mr. Akinlusi held various strategic and leadership positions in Intercontinental Bank Plc, and in March 2006, he was seconded to Intercontinental Homes Savings & Loans Plc as the Managing Director/Chief Executive. After over 20 years of extensive and diversified banking experience in niche banking including, Corporate, Retail, Branch, Regional, Oil and Gas, Public Sector and Mortgage banking, he retired from Intercontinental Bank as a General Manager. Mr. Akinlusi served as a Director of Intercontinental Homes Savings & Loans Plc. Mr. Akinlusi holds a B.Sc (Accounting) from University of Ilorin and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Lagos. He is a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), an Associate (ACIT) of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIT), an Alumnus of Harvard Business School (HBS) Boston, U.S.A., the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland, Lagos Business School, (LBS), Lagos, Nigeria and a Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (HCIB). He has also attended various Management, Strategic and Leadership courses in Nigeria and abroad including London Management Centre (London); I.E.S.E. Business School, University of Navarra (Barcelona, Spain) and the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA).

Ifeoma Okoye

Ifeoma Okoye is the Executive Director at Brains and Hammers. She has over 20 years’ experience in start-up operations across human capital management, real estate development and management, business strategy, turnaround plans, process mapping and business re-engineering. She is a real estate investment strategist and has managed several aspects of construction projects. She was previously Managing Partner, Brent Consulting; Head, Human Resources Visafone Communications and others.

Jumoke Adegunle

Jumoke Adegunle is the General Manager of Lafarge Affordable Housing and Buildings. She is a curious-minded engineer and business manager. Inspired by innovation and creativity. Follower of architectural and engineering design. Travel enthusiast and explorer.

Eucharia Onimisi Alozie

Architect (Mrs) Eucharia Onimisi Alozie is the head of the Public Private Partnership for Housing & Works in Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing Abuja. Alozie joined the Civil Service as Senior Town Planning Officer in the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development where she rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Director, URD & PPP in the Ministry from 2011 till date. She became the Head, PPP (Housing) in 2014 and in 2016 her responsibility was expanded to include Head, PPP (Works). In the course of her career, she has coordinated, planned, designed and implemented several Federal Government housing & works programmes nationwide. She has also headed and served in various sensitive committees in the Ministry.

Afolabi Imoukhuede

Afolabi Imoukhuede is a Senior Special Assistant in the office of the Vice President on Job Creation and Youth Employment (Npower). Prior to his appointment to national assignment, he is the pioneer Chief Executive Officer of MCS Consulting Limited. An Accountant by profession, he is an experienced International Development consultant with sector focus in construction, real estate and small business development. He is also a certified Project Management and Human Capital consultant with particular emphasis on the Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Mr Olu Olarenwaju

Mr. Olu Olanrewaju has been Executive Director of Operations at East Thames Group Limited since December 14, 2015. Mr. Olanrewaju served as an Executive Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods at East Thames Group Limited until December 14, 2015. Mr. Olanrewaju joined East Thames in December 2013 to lead its Communities and Neighbourhoods directorate. He has a wide remit including all the Group’s landlord services, customer service, care and support, and repairs delivery. Mr. Olanrewaju served as Managing Director of Housing Association PCHA at Genesis Housing Group Limited since June 2009. Mr. Olanrewaju served as managing director of housing and regeneration group Midland Heart. He served as Interim Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods since October 2013 and was a member of East Thames board from 2001 to 2008, first as Chair of East Homes, an operating subsidiary, then as Vice Chair of the Group. He has two decades of experience in housing, including senior roles at several housing associations such as Midland Heart and Radian. Mr. Olanrewaju is also on the board of a small housing charity and is a trustee at Common Purpose.

Sa’Adiya Aliyu Aminu

Sa’Adiya Aliyu Aminu is CEO Urban Shelter Limited. After completing her education, she joined the Debt Management Office as a technical assistant to the Director-General. In 2009, Sa’adiya joined Urban Shelter Limited as a Senior Manager to the Chairman office. In a role requiring a deft hand and a steady touch, she streamlined the operations of the Chairman’s office, increasing efficiency and productivity. Her success in this role led to her promotion as Chief Operating Officer, where she aims to leverage her organisational talents to move the company forward.

Jide Odusolo

Jide Odusolo is the special adviser to the Governor and Chief Executive, OPIC (Ogun State Property Investment Company). He is Commercial Real Estate guru with previous working experience at Octo5 Enterprises as Chief Strategist; Legacy Holdings Limited; Texaco Overseas Petroleum Unlimited and Ecobank.

Dorothy Baziwe

Dorothy Baziwe is the Executive Director of Shelter and Settlements Alternatives: Uganda Human Settlements Network (SSA: UHNET).

Kayode Omotosho

Kayode Omotosho is the Executive Secretary of Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN). His sojourn in the Financial Sector which commenced from National Bank in 1981 resulted into his appointment with Resort Savings and Loans Limited in 1993 as the Pioneer General Manager and consequently an Executive Director covering areas such as Mortgage Banking Operations, Treasury Management, Accounts/Finance/Systems as well as Human Resources Department. In July 2003, he assumed the exalted position of the Pioneer Executive Secretary of Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN) to contribute his humble quota to the growth, development and smooth-functioning of a well-structured Mortgage Banking/ Housing Finance Sector in Nigeria.

Imeh Okon

Imeh Okon is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure. She previously worked as the Project Manager, Power Africa with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She is an Infrastructure Expert with over 15 years’ experience in various sector reforms and privatisation transactions. Imeh began her career at the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) in 2002, where she was a key member on the team that contributed to the successful privatisation of 23 terminals of the Nigeria Ports. She also participated in the reform work for the Railway, Aviation, River Basins and Energy sector. She was also a member of the 7 man team mandated from BPE to operationalize the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission in 2005.

Mr Roland Igbinoba

Roland Igbinoba is the Founder, Pison Housing Company; Growth and Development Economist; Health Economist; and PropTech Enthusiast. He is the President Roland Igbinoba Housing Foundation. He was previously the MD/CEO, FHA Mortgage Bank, and Deputy President Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN).

Kunle Faleti

Kunle Faleti is a US Career Mortgage Banking and Risk Management Professional with over 25 years international experience in Mortgage Operations, Retail Lending, Retail Risk Management and Affordable Housing Solutions. He has previously worked as Senior Mortgage Underwriter, SunTrust; Consultant/Mortgage Specialist (Nigerian Housing Finance Program), World Bank Special Project; Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Union Homes Savings and Loans Plc; Managing Director/Cheif Excutive of Mortgage Subsidiary (Diamond Mortgages), Diamond Bank Plc and others.

Festus Adebayo

Festus Adebayo is the MD/Convener of Abuja International Housing Show. He is also Founder and CEO of media company, Fesadeb Communication. With a professional training in law, he also previously worked as a Banker. He is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, with Masters in Business Administration from University of Lagos. He is a media guru and member of Nigeria Institute of Management and a leading promoter of Housing Development in Nigeria. He has received commendation awards for his impressive contributions to housing development from various professional bodies, NGOs and government establishments. He is the president of Housing Advocacy Network – The leading advocacy platform for promoting home ownership, mortgage education and affordable housing in Nigeria. He is the owner of Housing Television Programme on Africa Independent Television (AIT), Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and Television Continental (TVC). He is an advocate partner of African Union of Housing Finance (AUHF). He is also a member of Advertising Practitioner Council of Nigeria; Nigeria Bar Association and others.

Housing Finance Reporting: 13th AIHS to Feature Special Session for Journalists

Organizers of the 13th Abuja International Housing Show has stated that this year’s show will feature a special session for journalists covering the housing development, finance and construction sector in Nigeria.

This move is in a bid to strengthen the relationship between the media and the sector and to also educate journalists on how best they can contribute to the growth of the sector through credible reporting and investigation.

According to the organizers, there ought to be a unanimous level of coverage by the media in the sector in order to ensure collaborative working and spread of credible information on the challenges and progress in the sector.

‘’The session will expose journalists to the best practises and additional information that will make them more equipped for the critical job of reporting happenings in housing development, housing finance and construction. We shall bring top media experts from Nigeria and beyond to anchor this session in order to share experience and knowledge in the sector,’’ said Festus Adebayo, the Show’s Convener.

Adebayo also said the session will be an opportunity for journalists to network with industry stakeholders and their own media colleagues that will be coming from different countries.

This year’s Show will feature at least 40, 000 participants, over 400 exhibitors, 20 speakers and at least 15 countries.

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

AIHS to Organise 1-day Training for Exhibitors – Find Out When

The organisers of the 13th Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) will hold a 1-day pre-show training event for managers of exhibitors’ stands at the main show which is billed for 23rd to 26th July 2019.

The organisers have a history of ensuring a seamless and professional show where every exhibitor is fully aware of how to make the most of show in terms of exhibition and sales. All companies and businesses that have registered for exhibition are to send in their representative or manager of their exhibition stand.

As an international show with many exhibitors from all over the world, every exhibitor ought to know before-hand the best strategies for performing very well at the exhibition.

The training which is on the 17th of July will also provide important instructions on how to set up an appealing stand that will suit the exhibited products in a way that can attract the right clients and customers.

The training will teach the exhibitors on how to exploit opportunities in the show that can help them make better sales than others. Some exhibitors do not perform very well because of little knowledge about how to effectively present and market their brands. The purpose of this training is to help exhibitors avoid that mistake.

Sometimes, there is a conflict of interest between exhibitors, especially neighbouring ones. This is usually because there was no prior training about how to handle their spaces and clients. This training will address such issues to avoid any rancour.

The training will also teach exhibitors on how to approach their clients and customers without pouncing or harassing them.

The training will also help exhibitors know how to identify the kind of clients that will only waste their time and how to avoid them.

The training will also help exhibitors know how to follow-up professionally on their newly established customers and clients.

All these and more will be the benefits for attending the exhibitors’ training which will take place on the 17th of July 2019.

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

How AIHS Can Take You and Your Company to the Next Level

Thinking of attending the Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) which comes up from 23rd to 26th July 2019? There are countless reasons why you should! Attending the show will not only help you and your career, but also the company you work for. The benefits include opportunities to network, collaborate, gain knowledge, develop skills and prepare for the future.

Networking is one of the biggest benefits of attending the Abuja International Housing show. Building relationships is easiest in person, and the show provides a great way to meet new people and catch up with those you already know. You have the opportunity to meet new customers or business partners and strengthen relationships with existing clients.

At the conference session, you can meet industry experts and leaders as well as professionals that face the same challenges as you. You might not realize it, but being around so many of your peers in a new environment can even renew your motivation. When you attend a huge event such as Abuja International Housing Show, which will host over 40,000 local and international visitors this year, the re-energizing effect is only magnified.

AIHS, the largest housing and construction show in Africa, offers the perfect environment for collaboration. Its visitors come from at least 20 countries, giving you the chance to meet people from diverse cultural backgrounds and view the industry from new perspectives. It’s crucial to take advantage of discussions with your contacts, because it gives you an opportunity to share your ideas and ask questions. You might even think of new ideas or encounter solutions you weren’t aware of.

By collaborating within your network and listening to industry experts, you can effectively develop your knowledge base. Try to find information about:

● New tools and equipment
● Current and upcoming technologies
● Useful techniques or processes
● Industry best practices and standards
● Changes within the industry
● Competitors’ strengths and weaknesses

You can then bring this information back to your company to improve your products, services or systems, and ultimately grow your business.

When you watch demonstrations, attend training sessions and visit exhibitor booths, you have the chance to sharpen your skills – or develop new ones! Make sure you take advantage of any training opportunities that are offered across the show floor.

This year, for example, AIHS will host a CEO Forum that will help industry stakeholders fashion out a better way to advance the industry as a team, including special conferences for the 3-day event. Informational sessions such as these help you strengthen your weakest areas and prepare to face future challenges.

Besides helping you and your company, the show can also help your career. You’ll be able to see the different paths that professionals – including you – can take in the industry. This will open you up to future possibilities and help you make educated decisions about your career path.

While attending the show offers many benefits, what you get out of it depends on what you make of it. If you attend as a passive observer, you might not make that many connections or retain much information. If you get actively involved and focus on what you can bring back to your company, attending the show will be a valuable experience.

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR 13TH ABUJA INTERNATIONAL HOUSING SHOW?

The biggest housing and construction Show in Nigeria and Africa is set to commence from 23rd to 26th July 2019 at the prestigious International Conference Center, Abuja.

There is no better time to register for the widely endorsed Show than now.

The Show is widely recognised as the biggest opportunity platform for industry stakeholders to advance their knowledge and business development.

The exciting Show will be attended by over 30,000 participants from Nigeria and from at least 15 countries.

While the Show will host over 400 product exhibitors, almost 300 of them have already booked their participation.

One of the greatest reasons why many people put the Show in their plan is because of the opportunity it provides for wide-sector networking. It is not only a gathering of housing and construction companies, but also of mortgage finance experts, property developers, asset managers, investment bankers, top government officials and several private sector executives.

By virtue of attendance, a lot of people have been able to expand their network, business, and career boundaries.

One of the key features of this year’s Show will be the CEO Forum — a high level platform for leaders and captains of industry in the sector to deliberate and strategize on how best to solve some of the industry’s nagging problems as a united front.

All participating CEOs, coming from Nigeria and abroad have confirmed their participation for this highly anticipated session.

There will be innovative showcasing of products from no less than 50 international companies from countries like Turkey, China, UAE, Netherlands, USA and UK.

There will also be prospective home owners forum, where participants will have the unique opportunity to fulfill that home ownership dream. There will be over 200 developers under one roof with no less than 20 mortgage banks ready to offer the best and most flexible home ownership deals available.

For professionals who are looking for the latest trends in building materials, housing technology, home Interiors, alternative energy and many others, the Abuja International Housing Show is the one-stop place to be.

Not less than 5 professional bodies have registered for the Show in order to use it as a rallying point for its members and their objectives, and to also advance their professional services to a broader audience.

The Show will be officially opened by the Vice President of Nigeria and will be attended by a number of state Governors including those from Lagos, Ogun, Nasarawa and Niger.

The sales and deals at the Show are unbelievably cheap and the organisers have made it very accessible by making registration free. So, what are you waiting for?

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

13th Abuja International Housing Show Will Host Real Estate, Bank CEOs, Others

The 13th edition of the prestigious Abuja International Housing Show will play host to a strong delegation of Real Estate Executives and Investors, Bank CEOs and ranking stakeholders in the housing and construction industry from across the world.

According to the event’s convener and coordinator, Bar. Festus Adebayo, this year’s edition will also lead a showcase of cutting edge industry innovations as stakeholders gather for the largest housing show on the continent.

While granting interview to Nigeria’s premier Housing Development TV program, the show’s coordinator revealed that registration have commenced and all hands are on deck to deliver the best show ever, especially in a time when new ideas are needed to expand Nigeria’s economic foray.

The 13th Abuja International Housing Show is expected to hold from July 23th – 26th 2019 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

According to Bar Adebayo, the theme of this year’s edition is, “Driving sustainable Housing Finance Models In The Midst of Global Uncertainty” — a testament to how it continues to be an invaluable experience for building professionals in Nigeria and across the globe.

As always, speakers will be drawn from across the world and with adequate experience and knowledge to share valuable information on the subject matters, with the ultimate goal of pushing forward a unified and progressive housing and construction industry.

Adebayo listed some of the unique innovations to include introduction of CEOs Forum, women in housing sector initiative, international real estate investment forum and the segment for youth in real estate development.

According to him, “CEOs forum is unique in the sense that the leaders in the real estate, banking, building materials and technology will be meeting to address the issue of affordable housing finance holistically.”

“ The show will also feature youth in real estate development. Young people are coming into the industry with a lot of great ideas, and they need the right mentorship and guidance in order to achieve maximum results. Also, the show will present opportunities for those seeking entrance into the industry. Opportunities like this are rare to come by and I am sure they can’t afford to miss out,” he added.

With more reference to opportunities, participants at the show will have access and first hand information on the best mortgage and finance schemes available and also how to start as a small real estate investor.

As befitting of the show, this year’s edition will be declared open by the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo. Other top attendants will include Lew Schulman, Chief Executive Officer, Build Modal Inc, USA; Debra Erb, Managing Director of Housing Program for Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Ahmed Dangiwa, MD of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria; Agnes Tokumbo Martins, Director CBN; Femi Adewole, MD Family Homes Fund; Kehinde Ogundimu, MD Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company PLC; Ugochukwu Chime, REDAN President; Robert Hornsby, CEO, American Homebuilders of West Africa; Olivia Caldwell; Kecia Rust; Mounia Tagwa; Afolabi Imokuode; Ime okon;Deji alli of Mixta Africa,Ifeoma okoye ,saadiya aliyu: Hakeem Ogunniran and other international experts.

 

Ghana’s Minister of Women Affairs, Hon. Freda Prempeh, who has been nominated for a Performance Award, will also deliver an address as a guest of honour and will lead a host of Ghanian Parlimentarians.

The Guest Speakers for the housing finance section of the 13th Abuja Housing Show are drawn from the World Bank, African Union of Housing Finance, Central Bank of Nigeria,institute of affordable housing,USA,America Home Builders of West Africa,Family Homes Funds,presidency, Shelter Afrique Kenya, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company, UN Habitat, OPIC Investment USA, Umar Shuaibu Coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, among others.

This year’s edition according to the coordinator will feature over 30 Speakers and 350 exhibitors from not less than 20 Countries.

By Felix Ojonugbwa

13th Abuja International Housing Show – Unlocking New Opportunities

Conferences | CEO Forum| Professional Networking | Housing Information | Property Tours and sales………

Looking for Real Estate Investment Opportunities?
•Meet top government officials to key into ongoing housing projects
•Connect with private sector leaders and negotiate areas of partnerships.

Looking to buy a property in Nigeria?
•Participate in the Prospective Home Owners forum to learn about the best housing deals available
• Get information about affordable homeownership opportunities including NHF and other Mortgage Options.
• Learn about Developer led initiatives on down payment assistance programs.
• Find out about new projects / developments around the country, and join a bus tour to a few projects in the FCT.

Need Affordable Refinancing? Need help with past due mortgage issues? Facing eviction or foreclosure?
• Learn about affordable refinancing programs.
• Understand your rights as a homebuyer.
• Connect with legal resources and foreclosure prevention services.

Having trouble with your mortgage payments?
• Receive coaching from a certified housing counselor.
• Apply for programs that help reduce your mortgage payment or bring your delinquent account current.
• Speak face to face with mortgage lenders. Bring your loan documents and speak with representatives from mortgage banks.

In need of access to valuable industry information?
•Participate in the CEOs forum to hear from experienced and qualified CEOs on how to excel in the industry.
•Have your most pressing questions answered by the most qualified professionals.

Looking for a new market?
•Show case your products and ideas on a platter of gold.
•Make on spot sales of products and innovations.

Register now and stay tuned for information on the largest Housing Expo in Africa with conferences and property tours led by industry experts and supported by all the leading brands in the Nigeria construction industry…www.aihs2019.com

Home Seekers Urged to Attend 13th Abuja International Housing Show

Those looking for the best opportunity to finally own their own homes have been called to attend the 13th edition of Abuja International Housing Show which is slated for 23rd – 26th July 2019 in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja.

The show has a history of assembling the best real estate companies, mortgage finance managers and government officials offering the most affordable housing deals for interested home seekers.

According to the show’s convener, Bar Festus Adebayo, the show has a mandate to help address Nigeria’s housing deficit which leaves many people without the opportunity of owning a decent home of their own.

“Owning a home is one of man’s greatest needs, yet it is a major challenge in Nigeria. But we can all come together and solve this. At Abuja International Housing Show, prospective home seekers will have a variety of convenient and affordable mortgage options to choose from. There is no show that brings that much opportunity in Nigeria,” he said.

According to him, over 5000 people have benefited from such window of opportunities in the past years after attending the event.

“We have testimonies from a lot of people who gave up the dream of becoming home owners. But attending this event opened their eyes. You don’t have to be a millionaire to own your own home. There are opportunities to own homes that are so cheap that the buyers wouldn’t feel the burden because of how relaxed and spread the payment plans are. We are passionate about people owning their own homes, and this is what the Housing Show has achieved over the years,” he added.

Many stakeholders also believe that when the supply of housing options are available in this manner, it can easily reduce the pricing, which is a great advantage for the buyers.

The call is therefore an important one for home seekers as opportunities of this kind are very rare.

According to Adebayo, over 200 estate developers including all leading brands from Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Kano, Ogun and Abuja will be at the show.

The Show will also be attended by top dignitaries like Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and other international housing stakeholders and companies, and registrations are ongoing.

By Ojonugbwa Felix Ugboja

 Construction Industry Professionals Urged to Attend 13th Abuja International Housing Show

Professionals in the building and construction industry are called to attend the 13th edition of Abuja International Housing Show which is slated for 23rd – 26th July 2019 in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja.

The Show boasts of a history of hosting the biggest housing and construction event on the continent with over 25, 000 attendants from across the world.

Professionals in the housing and construction industry have been particularly invited to attend this year’s edition because of the opportunity to have access to privileged information on the newest industry trends in the industry as shared by experienced speakers and business executives assembled from all over the world.

According to the show’s convener, Bar Festus Adebayo, the show will feature a CEOs Forum, which will present a learning opportunity for attendants to listen to some of the most successful industry CEOs and professionals from different countries and companies.

“We are very excited about the calibre of CEOs that will be attending this year’s event, and it is a great opportunity for industry professionals to attend and learn how to improve and be in tune with the latest developments in building and construction,” he said.

The show has also been endorsed by a lot of industry stakeholders as a place for professional networking, innovation sampling and product marketing.

Construction professionals are not only encouraged to attend in order to learn new things, but to also meet with industry top dogs and strike business relationships.

The Show will also present Opportunities to introduce and market new products and ideas.

According to Adebayo, it is the greatest platform on the continent to meet the biggest and most trusted buyers and investors.

“A lot of innovators have been able to market and sell their ideas here. Generally, the Abuja International Housing Show is a marketplace of ideas and contact,” he said.

According to him, over 200 estate developers including all leading brands from Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Kano, Ogun and Abuja will be at the show.

The Show will also be attended by top dignitaries like Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and other international housing stakeholders and companies, and registrations are ongoing.
[9:27 AM, 4/26/2019] Festus Adebayo: 13th AIHS and New Ideas for Financing Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing for all Nigerians will, among other things, be at the core of discussions at the upcoming 13th edition of the prestigious Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) billed to hold from 23rd to 26th July 2019 in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

Nigeria has a low homeownership rate, lower than that of Indonesia (84 percent), Kenya (73 percent), and South Africa (56 percent). The major issues that continue to affect housing in Nigeria include constraints related to the high cost of securing and registering secure land title, inadequate access to finance, slow administrative procedures, and the high cost of land. It is clear that the mortgage finance industry in Nigeria is still in its infancy, targeting primarily high income earners and largely excluding middle and low-income earners. For the majority of Nigerians, mortgage finance is not an option due to the lack of a robust land tenure and financial system, and because loan repayment costs remain prohibitively high.

As a result of the high cost and limited production of affordable housing in Nigeria, an important number of its population lives in rented property which condition varies from shacks to formal housing with highly speculated rent. Neither the government nor the private sector provides sufficient housing units especially for the masses that need and demand it. Formal housing production is at approximately 100 000 units per year and this is highly inadequate because at least 1 000 000 units are needed yearly to bridge the 17 to 20 million housing deficit by government’s target date of 2033.

It is in recognition of these seemingly daunting challenges that the Abuja International Housing Show is being convened. It is a significant platform for real estate companies, mortgage finance managers, housing experts from all over the world and government officials to come together in a marriage of ideas to suggest tested and trusted modalities of solving these age-long challenges.

According to the convener, Bar Festus Adebayo, the show will feature a CEOs Forum, Panel Discussions, Breakout sessions, and individual keynote speakers with the purpose of identifying and analysing the methods of housing finance adopted by the country’s institutions, low income and informal groups in order to recognise the loopholes and suggest better plans.

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According to Adebayo, most Nigerians have to rely on informal and traditional home financing options which are largely ineffective. The show will present opportunities for new ideas that wouldn’t only lead to the financing of affordable housing, but a high quality one.

“There are a lot of misconceptions that affordable housing should be equal to sub-standard housing. That is not true. The kind of housing arrangement we are seeking for Nigerians will not only come with quality but must be backed by insurance as well. We also need to address both affordability and accessibility together. We do not only need to sustainably build affordable housing, we also need to create an access to that housing,” he said.

According to Adebayo, a number of issues in the housing sector which includes Property Registration and Title Documentation Uncertainties, Land Use Act, NHF, Infrastructural Inadequacy, Paucity of Long Term Funds, High Cost of Building Materials, Enforcing Foreclosure, Nigeria Taxation System, Construction Method and Permits Issue among others will be extensively discussed with inputs from both public and private sectors.

This year’s event is highly anticipated because of the number of stakeholders that will be coming from over 20 countries with ideas and innovations.

According to Adebayo, over 200 estate developers including all leading brands from Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Kano, Ogun and Abuja will be at the show, not to mention the ones coming from countries like USA, Britain, UAE, South Africa, Ghana and Kenya.

The Show will also be attended by top dignitaries like Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and other ranking international housing stakeholders and companies, and registrations are ongoing.

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