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How I Failed In 3 Businesses Before Striking Gold In Real Estate – LandWey CEO, Olawale Ayilara reveals

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How I Failed In 3 Businesses Before Striking Gold In Real Estate - LandWey CEO, Olawale Ayilara reveals

Olawale Ayilara is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LandWey Investment Limited, one of Nigeria’s fastest growing real estate firms.

A graduate of Petroleum and Petrochemical Sciences from the Tai Solarin University of Education, Olawale did all sorts of businesses before venturing into real estate where he made it really big. He shares his touching story in this interview with his company’s official magazine. Enjoy!

LandWey Investment Limited recently signed one of Nollywood’s biggest actresses, Omoni Oboli,  as its brand ambassador. That goes to show the viability of the company. The company in it last session boasted  of a  over 8 billion naira turnover. He revealed this and many other things about his life in his annual  LandWey Magazine Investment Limited. Read on.

Has real estate always been in the picture for you?

I have always loved and craved to do business. I have never been one to shy away from a business transaction. Real estate wasn’t always in the picture, but having failed at so many other businesses, it didn’t matter to me that I would need a huge amount of money to start and thrive in real estate. I prepared for it and thank God it worked.

Before all these, at some points, I sold Ofada Rice at The Experience Concert and Drinks at other times in other places. From there, I tried printing, business consulting and several other businesses, but all of them had one thing in common …  They all failed and left me in more debt than I was when I started. I got tired and proposed to relocate out of Nigeria and never return.

I was in South Africa at a time and for a whole month I started and kept on researching about what I wanted to do. That was when real estate happened. On returning to Nigeria, the first person I told about my dream to start a real estate business said I had failed in so many businesses before, so I would be doing myself a lot of good if I start with a 9 to 5 job instead.

I  almost gave up on the real estate dream before it started; I had gone with a couple of friends to Abeokuta to purchase a piece of land and it wasn’t a rewarding experience at all. Despite all these challenges  I saw a solution instead of a problem. So I returned and commenced my research all over again. I started talking to people and finally, I decided to start LandWey, majorly to fill the void that I’d noticed was present in the real estate business. Ultimately though, it is God who has allowed LandWey to record such success in such a  short time.

This year alone, we have acquired 6 estates and they run into a huge amount of money. Our culture as a company is to approach every business deal with the best possible service and then channel the profit from it into enriching the next transaction.

Tell us about your dream, how you got here and the journey so far?

I just found myself here (laughs). Really, it is a long story, but having worked with several real estate companies in the past, providing Digital Marketing Services for them, and from doing extensive studies about real estate companies and their practices particularly, I  observed that  there was a large vaccum to be filled in the industry.

 

So I set out searching for means and strategies to do the job better, employing SWOT analysis and a lot of research, and it finally paid off. On one particular occasion when I consulted for a real estate business handling the firm’s Digital Marketing also, its sale went up to about N85 million  in one month, which was a landmark when compared to what it had earned  all the years it had been in existence. So, I thought, “if I could do this for someone else, then I should be able to do same for myself”, and that was how I started.

Why the name LandWey, what does the name (brand) represent?

When I decided to start the company, I wanted something that would depict what we did from just the name. I needed something that suggested we know the source or way in. real estate, properties; and related issues. So when LandWey came, we naturally went for it. Our brand represents excellence, innovation, dedication to work and unrivalled customer service. We intend to be the ideal 21st century real estate investment company for all and sundry.

You are fondly called the LandWey Eagle, why?

I repeatedly read a book when I was about 17  years old entitled: Soaring Eagle. It influenced the name of my first business Eagle’s Insight and Innovations, which is still in existence. Over time, the term Eagle just stuck with me. Beside,  I absolutely like the attributes of an Eagle. It is in a league of its own and that fascinates me.

What is your candid impression about real estate in Nigeria today?

Honestly, we are yet to scratch the surface. I think the government and a couple of other concerened parties have a long way to go in this regard. If you are priviledged to view Lagos from a bird’s eye  you would see the beauty of the city, but you will also notice that the structures are not particularly organised. It might look good on paper, but that is not how it is constructed in a lot of places.

Therefore, much is needed to be done in this regard with special attention to even the thiniest details in structure, planning and design for real estate.

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Jaruma gives BBNaija’s Ella N600k for her mother’s medical treatment

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Nigeria’s Number one sex therapist, Jaruma is a businesswoman and so much more. She gave BBNaija’s Ella 600k for her mother’s medical treatment.

Big Brother reality star, Ella, has been having financial issues when it comes to her mother’s medical treatment.

The BBNaija star took to social to appeal for N600k to help finance her mother’s treatment. She said: “This is a cry for help. Please, mama, my mom needs you”.

The sex therapist immediately reacted to the post, as she asked her how much she needed.

Ella came back with gratitude to some other housemates who helped.

She wrote:

 “Former Big Brother Naija housemate
Thank u @jaruma_empire I didn’t even think I was worthy enough to ask and no my account wasn’t hacked…I sent out an SOS call to @jaruma_empire and all my @bigbronaija housemates today….yes I did

“I love my mum that much she gave her life for all her 4 children and if asking was going to save her I will, I couldn’t do it on my own and God won’t come down from heaven, he will appoint people here on earth to help. I want to thank @official_mercyeke @gedoni @fugganugga @diane.russet @sholzy23 and everyone who supported and called and prayed …thank u ..as u have done for my household God will do the same to all of u .. I have received the 600k from @jaruma_empire thank u for being you …i felt happy when you called u are really an angel. Can’t wait to meet u, mama. My mother can now get the medical care she needs.”
God bless my mum.. #ellians”.

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Afia Schwarzenegger goes bra-less in new photo

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Afia Schwarzenegger shared a new photo of herself flaunting her bare boobs in a revealing blacktop

The controversial Ghanaian media personality who was the host of Okay FM’s morning show Yewo krom and UTV Ghana’s Kokooko show shared the photo with the caption;

‘May your finances be firm like my breast.’

See the photo below;

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Kylie Jenner to sell stakes in her cosmetic line for $600 million

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Kylie Jenner is set to sell a major stake in her popular cosmetics line for a mouth-watering sum of  $600 million.

 

The youngest self-made Billionaire and reality star will sell 51% of her stake in Kylie Cosmetics to Coty Inc. (COTY), a New York-based cosmetics company that also owns a number of international consumer beauty brands, including CoverGirl.

The partnership will help Kylie’s brand expand globally and enter new beauty categories, the two companies said in a press release Monday, November 18, 2019.

 

Kylie, being one of the most-followed people on social media will still continue to handle her creative and communication efforts with her team..

 

The cosmetics brand has generated roughly $177 million in revenue over the past year, according to Coty. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020.

 

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Thierry Henry signs 2-year coaching contract with Montreal Impact

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Thierry Henry has been unveiled as the new coach of MLS side Montreal Impact after he signed a two-year contract with the American football club.

 

This is the second opportunity for the 42-year-old Arsenal legend who was dismissed in January by Monaco after a disastrous run for the club.

 

Out of the 20 games for Monaco, Henry managed to win just four games, with his side losing 11 and sitting in the 19th spot in Ligue 1.

Henry held his first press conference where he said he confident he can recover from his sacking at Monaco. 

 

At his press conference, the Frenchman said:

‘You have to start somewhere. That’s how you acquire experience. For me, it came with Belgium and Monaco, where I learned a lot about myself.

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American actress, Jennifer Aniston hits 20 million followers in 1 month

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Jennifer Aniston has gathered 20 million followers on Instagram just one month after joining the social media platform.

 

The actress literally broke Instagram when she joined the platform in October as fans hurried to follow the ‘Friends’ star. One day after joining, she amassed over 7.8 million followers.

Her followers have been steadily growing since then and she has now reached 20 million in four weeks.

 

She thanked her followers for this, writing:

“20 million followers? That’s a lot of thank you notes! THANK YOU, GUYS.”

 

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BBNaija housemate Tacha throws shade with beautiful pictures

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BBNaija Pepper Dem season is long over but the drama continues. Instagram was set ablaze with beautiful pictures of BBNaija housemate Tacha

The beautiful pictures came with a fire caption which many fans saw as a major shade. She wrote;

Don’t stand too close to the heater babe. Plastic melts

 

IG users think it is a shade. What do you think

 

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Wizkid wins big at BET Soul Train Awards 2019

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Wizkid has made us proud again while making history. He took home a big win at BET Soul Train Awards 2019 alongside Beyoncé.

Nigeria’s StarBoy and South Africa’s Anatii both earned BET Soul Train Awards last night for their contributions to Beyoncé’s hit song “Brown Skin Girl.”

The song, which is an ode to dark-skinned women, was one of the standout tracks from Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift. It earned the “Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award” last night during the awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Wizkid is featured on the track and has a writing credit, while Anatii is credited as a composer along with Michael Uzowuru, and others.

The song was also nominated in the “Best Collaboration Performance” category.

 

The big winners of the night were Chris Brown and Lizzo. Check out the full list of winners below.

 

BET Soul Train Awards 2019 Winners:

Best New Artist – Summer Walker

Soul Train Certified Award – Trevor Jackson

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award – Kirk Franklin

Rhythm & Bars Award – Cardi B, Money

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – H.E.R.

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Khalid

Album/Mixtape of the Year – Cuz I Love You, Lizzo

Song of the Year – No Guidance – Chris Brown feat. Drake

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – Brown Skin Girl, written by Beyoncé Knowles, Carlos St. John, Adio Marchant, Shawn Carter, Stacy Barthe, Anathi Mnyango, Michael Uzowuru, Ayodeji Balogun, Richard Isong (Beyoncé feat. Saint Jhn, Wizkid & Blue Ivy Carter)

Best Dance Performance – Chris Brown feat. Drake, No Guidance

Video of the Year – Lizzo, Juice

Best Collaboration Performance – Chris Brown feat. Drake, No Guidance

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Gospel singer, Sinach welcomes first child at 46

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Sinach, at the age of 46 has welcomed her first child after 5 years of marriage.

 

This news comes with the buzz of her latest single Ommema. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome shared the news at the just concluded LIMA awards which was held in Lagos at the Loveworld Convocation Arena.

 

“Thank you for that song, we are all excited with what the Lord has done in your life, of course in the life of many others standing with you here we just love you. And I told them, you just had a baby! so everybody got excited” Pastor Chris said.

 

The 46-year-old singer who got married to Pastor Joe Egbu in 2014 also went home with $100k for winning the 2019 Song of the Year Award with her hit “There’s An Overflow”

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Taiwo Ajai-Lycett tells her story; a mother at 15, raped at 65

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Taiwo Ajai-Lycett has revealed how she became a mother at the age of 15, dropped out at 16, became a widow at 52 and raped at the age of 65.

 

The 79-year-old veteran Nigerian actress who is also a recipient of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), made the revelation in a recent interview with TheNation.

 

According to her:

“I have been through the fire, I emerged fortified. I was 15 years old when I had a child. By 16, I was on my own. I knew I was going to get a good education. I was going to be a lawyer.

But I knew that I was on my own. My family disowned me. I married one David Akinduro in 1959 after I relocated to the U.K, but I left him due to domestic violence.

I met Thomas Lycett long after I divorced my first husband. Eventually I married him. We had a blissful marriage. He died when I was 52-years-old. I remember him everyday.

He was the one that told me that I was better off being an actor. In 2006, I was robbed and raped in my house in Egbe. I was tied. I was beaten. I was brutalized. My health was ruined.

I was blindfolded and raped. The man who raped me complained that he couldn’t gain easy entry into me because I wasn’t wet. I told him ‘widows don’t get wet.’

I kept talking to them and asked them repeatedly, ‘Are you doing this to your mother?’ Angrily, they taped my mouth but I remained fearless and prayed all through the attack.

The police came. They expected me to pursue the case. I knew the masterminds. I could have gotten them incarcerated but I simply moved on.

Look at me today, I am over it. See, the mind is a beautiful thing. When you hold on to past hurt, you tie yourself down to grief. You get infected with its poison.

Rather than wallow in grief and self-pity, I picked myself up and sought medical help, ensuring that they hadn’t infected me with any STD.. That same year, the Obasanjo government got me the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) national honour.

Few years later, One of them came to prostrate before me, pleading for my forgiveness. I told him to seek forgiveness from God. I told him that I had moved on.”

Full interview HERE

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Damilola Adegbite’s car vandalized with cryptic message

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Damilola Adegbite has taken to social media to share the cryptic hate message someone scribbled on her car.

Someone who clearly had a message to pass to the Nollywood actress decided to express how they feel using the car door as the notepad. The bitter fellow wrote ‘I HATE YOU’ on the body of her car.

Damilola’s response to the situation clearly showed she is not bothered about haters.

She shared the video with the caption;

“So apparently, someone somewhere hates me so much they had to leave a message on my car. I must be doing something right 😏”

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