Business Networking Event: Nigerians In UK Excited As Pelican Valley CEO Lands In London
…Expected To Attract Over £2Million Investment To Ogun
Ground swells of enthusiasm and expectation have remained high among Nigerians living in the United Kingdom as the Pelican Valley CEO, Ambassador Babatunde Adeyemo landed in London – ahead of the Avenue Impact Winter Ball slated for December 3rd at the Crown Plaza Hotel, London.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Diaspora Commissioner, Hon. Abike Dabiri – Erewa will grace the exclusive networking event as a Special guest of honour while Realtor Adeyemo will use the avenue to connect with other project professionals, Nigerians in the UK and enlighten them about investment opportunities, particularly in the real estate industry back home in Nigeria.
Adeyemo who is the brain behind the Pelican Valley Estate , where unusual homes happen, Pelican Brief Estate, where he sets to ignite a smartcity, Pelican’s Ecostay Apartments, where nature meets luxury and Pelican Valley Greenish Acres Farm Estate, where investors farm to fortune at Kobape – Masa corridor of Ogun State – and few metres away from Professor Wole Soyinka Train Station Abeokuta, stormed London Avenue Impact Winter Ball with a range of Pelican Valley real estate products for the diasporas, who have all been eagre to meet the tested and trusted real estate brand and developer.
Speaking to The Daily Crucible about the event, Adeyemo, who vouched for the integrity of the organiser, assured of his readiness to help Nigerians living abroad to benefit from the Pelican Valley’s many products, which he said were designed to suit their taste and peculiar needs.
He explained that he would specifically guide them on the prospects in the real estate business and where to invest for assured ROI; drawing from his over a decade of practical experience in the Nigeria’s real estate industry.
Receiving the real Estate poster boy at the Heathrow Airport, London, the convener and Director of the Avenue Impact Limited ,Funso Akinwunmi, expressed delight over the arrival of the multiple award winning real developer and anti curruption ambassador.
He said all is set for the prospects to embrace the once in a lifetime investment opportunity.
Aside Adeyemo, Mr. Smart Kemiki will also give property portfolio insights at the event while live performance will be done by Paul Play Dairo.
In a related development, Ambassador Adeyemo will also embark on another business trip to Canada for the forthcoming Canada Trade Mission ’24 slated for early next year in the North American country.
Earlier in July 2023, The Daily Crucible reported that an estimated over half a billion dollar investment is expected to come to Ogun State, particularly Abeokuta, the state capital, next year to boost income, create jobs and further drive the socioeconomic fortune of the Egba people to the next level.
Cumulatively, the investments are expected to come from Nigerians living in Canada, United States, Europe and other parts of the world who are desirous of laying a solid foundation back home by way of investments preparatory to their ‘Japada.’
And the vehicle to drive the investments is the planned ‘Canada Trade Mission 2024,’ a trade show and exhibitions, which is an initiative of the Solteque Group to bring Nigerians in diaspora together for a sensitization fair on the opportunities available to explore back home in the real estate sector, Adire, Isanyan, Aso Oke and other local fabrics business that are synonymous with the Egbas of Ogun State.
Also, the Pre – conference session of it was held in October in Nigeria at the June 12 Cultural Centre Kuto – Abeokuta which witnessed former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Dapo Abiodun and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pelican Valley Nigeria Limited, Realtor Adeyemo, the Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Mrs Oluwatosin Oloko and Special Adviser to the Governor on Job & Employment Creation, Mr. Abiola Odetola galvanized the youths, artisans, local talents, and the economy in diverse sectors for exposure to the global market of consumers and investors in Canada as well as other parts of the world.
On the Canada Trade Exhibitions, the multi – award winning realtor assured that he would personally guide those eager to Japada on how to invest hard earned savings lest they fall into the wrong hands and lose their money.
The SUN names Dr. Olufemi Bakre as Banker of the Year 2023
The SUN names Dr. Olufemi Bakre as Banker of the Year 2023.
In acknowledgment of his outstanding leadership at Parallex Bank, The Sun Newspapers, organisers of The Sun Award, have conferred the title of Banker of the Year 2023 upon Dr. Olufemi Bakre, the Managing Director of Parallex Bank. In his opening remarks at the elaborate event at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos on Saturday, Mr. Onuoha Ukeh, the Managing Director of Sun Newspaper, said the Sun Awards annually aim to recognise and celebrate Nigerians who have demonstrated remarkable success in their respective fields, despite the challenging economic conditions in Nigeria.
According to Ukeh, the year 2023 was particularly noteworthy for Nigeria, marked by political events and the removal of petroleum subsidies. Despite the myriad challenges faced by individuals and businesses, some Nigerians exhibited resilience, utilising their skills to succeed in their endeavors. He added that the individual awardees have made a significant impact on their chosen careers and interests.
The Chairman of the occasion and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, said nation-building is a collective effort, and the choice of Sun Newspapers to celebrate and reward individuals who are making great strides in nation-building is commendable. Akume congratulated all awardees and urged them not to relent in giving their very best to the nation.
Among the notable Nigerians recognised for their milestone achievement in 2023 is Dr. Olufemi Bakre, who, according to The Sun, has utilised exceptional skills to position Parallex Bank as a leading technology-driven financial institution in the country. Within less than two years of its operation as a deposit money bank in Nigeria, Parallex Bank, under Dr. Bakre’s leadership, has demonstrated strong indicators of being a sustainable and profitable institution.
Dr. Bakre, a seasoned banker, commenced his flourishing career with MBC International Bank, later assuming the position of General Manager and eventually becoming the Group Head, Multilateral, Financial Institutions, and Global Custody at First Bank after MBC’s acquisition in 2006. He distinguished himself by initiating and delivering the First Bank of China Representative Office. He joined FCMB in 2011 and held various positions until he was appointed Executive Director of Corporate and Institutional Banking in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. He was appointed as the Managing Director of Parallex Bank in 2021, making him the pioneering Managing Director of the bank as a commercial bank.
According to Bakre, Parallex Bank’s substantial investment in digital technology has made it the preferred bank in the industry due to the efficiency, convenience, and reliability of its digital platforms. He emphasised that Parallex Bank has become highly attractive to customers due to its value-added services, such as zero account maintenance fees, free interbank transfers, free debit cards, and unique account numbers.
He said Parallex Bank is driven by a commitment to deliver premium value-adding services that meet the diverse needs of all customer segments, including individuals, corporations, and businesses, with a particular focus on SMEs and commercial entities.
Expressing humility in the face of the awards, Dr. Olufemi Bakre stated that it is fulfilling to see efforts, sacrifices, dedication, and passion being recognised externally, in addition to bearing fruit for the organization. Bakre considers the award a great honour and privilege, dedicating it to God, who has transformed his journey from grass to modest grace, and the passionate workforce of Parallex Bank.
Bakre said Parallex Bank’s vision to become the leading financial solutions provider, revolutionising the customer experience through innovation, coupled with the collective determination to redefine banking services and provide customers with unparalleled opportunities, was the driving force behind receiving the award. He added that the steadfast dedication of the Board, management, and the team to delivering limitless possibilities has also garnered the trust and acknowledgment of their valued customers. He expressed gratitude to the Board of Parallex Bank for their relentless support, and the management of The Sun Newspapers for deeming him worthy of the honour.
Other notable awardees of The Sun Awards 2023 include Tobi Bakre, who won the Nollywood Icon of the Year, the founder and president of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr. Tony Elumelu, and Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, among others.
Alanquadri Investment Boss, Amodemaja Adeboye Preaches Hope & Positivity On His Birthday
Alanquadri Investment Boss, Amodemaja Adeboye Preaches Hope & Positivity On His Birthday.
Life is on the upward curve for Amodemaja Adeboye, the compassionate philanthropist and chief executive officer (CEO) of Alanquadri Investment Nigeria Limited, a prosperous privately-owned Nigerian company with interests in key sectors of the Nigerian economy. For Amodemaja, it has been a story of onward and upward. His business has continued to thrive despite the economic hardship troubling the soul of Nigeria. All is well on the home front, too.
The high-flying businessman had a reason to celebrate yesterday. Amodemaja turned another year older in style. What a privilege to welcome another year full of grace in the land of the living. Expectedly, Amodemaja’s in a good mood at the moment. It’s a special event because it comes once in a year.
But Amodemaja wasn’t in the mood for a lavish celebration to mark the milestone. Better known for his philanthropic heart, Amodemaja opted for a low-key celebration due to the current economic crisis in the country. Reflecting on the current economic realities in the country; Amodemaja decided to reach out to the less privileged in honour of his special day.
Disturbed by the increasing hardship in the land, Amodemaja apart from his philanthropic gestures has urged Nigerians not to lose hope due to the economic crisis in the country. In his birthday media chat, the successful businessman encouraged his compatriots to exercise a little more patience for the government of President Bola Tinubu to get the country out of the woods. Commending Nigerians for their resilience and patience, Amodemaja said there’s light at the end of the tunnel. He said hope is on the horizon. And that this hardship shall pass, too.
A distinguished member of Nigeria’s business community. Under his guidance, Alanquadri Investment Nigeria Limited has grown in leaps and bounds. Described as a brilliant businessman, Amodemaja’s success is rooted in his commitment to excellence and integrity. He has built a strong reputation for excellence.
His company, Alanquadri, under his leadership became synonymous with quality and credibility. Today, Alanquadri Investment is one of Nigeria’s leading private companies providing job opportunities for hundreds of Nigerians in the private sector.
Amodemaja’s Alanquadri has interests in livestock farming, plantation, agriculture and so much more. Beyond his business prowess, Amodemaja is famous for his philanthropy championing various empowerment initiatives aimed at lifting his people out of poverty.
OKEREAFOCHA IFEANYI DARLINGTON: A TRAILBLAZER IN NIGERIA’S FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS INDUSTRY BY CHINEDU NSOFOR
OKEREAFOCHA IFEANYI DARLINGTON: A TRAILBLAZER IN NIGERIA’S FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS INDUSTRY
BY CHINEDU NSOFOR
Born in Enugu to proud parents from the vibrant community of Ekwuoke Umuekwune in Ngor/Okpara local government area of Imo state, Okereafocha Ifeanyi Darlington’s journey embodies the spirit of resilience and determination deeply rooted in the Nigerian ethos.
Darlington’s educational journey commenced in his hometown in Imo state. However, his quest for broader horizons led him to the bustling city of Lagos, where opportunities abound for those willing to seize them. While some might have opted for opportunities abroad, Darlington’s heart remained steadfast in his commitment to contribute to the growth and development of his homeland.
Embarking on a career in construction initially, Darlington demonstrated a knack for success. Yet, his entrepreneurial spirit urged him to explore new avenues. It was then that he ventured into the dynamic world of freight and logistics, establishing SWISSDARL Freight & Logistics LTD.
The journey wasn’t without its challenges. Despite the evident potential in his venture, Darlington faced obstacles in securing financial support from traditional lending institutions. Undeterred by setbacks, he pressed forward, relying on his unwavering belief in Nigeria’s economy and his vision for SWISSDARL.
SWISSDARL’s rise to prominence was fueled by Darlington’s steadfast commitment and the unwavering support of clients who shared his vision. With the influx of investments from Indian companies, the company’s trajectory soared, cementing its position as a leader in the industry.
In a symbolic move reflecting his dedication to Nigeria’s progress, Darlington acquired No.28 Western Avenue, Ojuelegba Surulere, Lagos, where he erected SWISSDARL TOWER. This monumental edifice, unveiled on 17 June, 2023, serves as the company’s headquarters with over twenty braches nation wide standing as a testament to Darlington’s faith in the nation’s potential.
The unveiling of SWISSDARL TOWER was a momentous occasion, attended by dignitaries including Bishop Osaretin Ben-Naigbe and Chairman of BOZAC Group, Patrick Chibueze. Their admiration for Darlington’s achievements echoed the sentiments of many, who recognized the company’s invaluable contributions to the nation’s economy.
Darlington’s efforts were further lauded when he received the prestigious “ICON OF SOCIETAL DEVELOPMENT” award from the National Association of Northern Nigeria Students (NANNS) in 2023. This accolade underscored his significant role in driving economic growth and fostering national development.
Despite these accolades, Darlington remains grounded and focused on the future. His active involvement in the company’s operations, as evidenced by his social media posts, reflects his enduring commitment to its success.
As SWISSDARL continues to expand its reach, Darlington’s vision extends beyond mere business success. He envisions a future where the company’s growth translates into tangible benefits for Nigeria, including job creation and socio-economic development.
In Okereafocha Ifeanyi Darlington, Nigeria has found not just an entrepreneur, but a visionary leader dedicated to harnessing the nation’s potential for the greater good. As SWISSDARL paves the way for a brighter future, Darlington’s legacy as a pioneer in Nigeria’s freight and logistics industry is firmly secured.
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