Saturday, 3 December 2016

Why we are building Africa’s first Smart City in Lagos— Lagos Developer, Femi Akioye + Secret of his Business Philosophy

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Femi Akioye, MD/CEO Channel Drill Resources Ltd, promoters of Imperial City Promo 2016

Lagos based estate developer Femi Akioye is a man with a third eye and a sixth sense. In a harsh economic season when businesses are winding up and job losses are being recorded in high proportion, this lanky investment banker turned real estate guru is giving out lands and millions of Naira to Nigerians.  His Imperial City venture which seeks to build Nigeria’s first Smart City at Elegushi Beach—Lagos launched a promotional campaign in November. His firm, Channel Drill Resources Ltd in conjunction with the Elegushi Royal Family of Ikate land are giving out 7out of the plots earmarked for the elite City which will not only be an eco friendly city but a highly automated city that will have all appliances in your house and environment connected to your telephone anywhere in the world. Already, two Nigerians have won plots  of lands in the ongoing promo which birthed on November 17, 2016 to end in the first week of January 2017. Other consolation prizes running into millions of Naira are also being won weekly in the promo. Last Thursday, December 1st, at the presentation of land documents to Mr. Seun Odebunmi the second winner of a N42 million Naira worth of land in the promo at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Victoria Island, your soar away Africa’s number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika cornered Femi Akioye in a 15 minutes encounter where he shared his vision, mission and philosophy with us. You will learn something great from his dream. Enjoy the excerpts.
The GDA with Mr. Femi Akioye
Sir, this is the second week we are having a winner winning  a land in your promo. How do you feel today?
Well, you really want to know how I feel?
Of course, you must feel happy creating a new crop of millionaires and developing the society at large?
Actually I am not the one creating new millionaires, it is an organization and I just represent the organization. So, you are giving me too much credit saying that I am creating new millionaires, the organization is creating new millionaires. For me, it is like a paradox.
Did you just say a paradox?

Yes, nobody likes issuing cheques. But at the same time you are happy that somebody that is collecting the cheque is very happy to have a new lease of life because I saw the guy that won the land and I saw the wife, they are actually so excited. Those are the kind of things that makes you happy. You feel good that you are being used as a channel of blessing to other people, that is a very good thing. By and large, that is it. It is an honor for us to be involved with this, everybody involved in this promo from Winners Golden Chance to Quickteller to the Elegushi Royal Family and all the banks that are supporting us, I think all of us are just being elated that we are being used by God to bless some people at a particular time when other people are actually taking from you. We are being used at this time to give to people, so, I think we are just happy and lucky and we feel blessed to be part of this great idea.
'We are building Africa's first Smart City in Lagos' Mr. Femi Akioye tells the GDA
What is Chennel Drill all about?
We are the developers of the Imperial International Business City with the Elegushi Royal Family, that is what we do. We are developing the first eco friendly smart city in Nigeria at Elegushi, that is what Channel Drill does.
What is the Smart city going to be like, I mean what are the features and benefits to Nigerians?
Mr. Femi Akioye....Always preparing a new document for winners
Number one, when you are building a new city, there are two things. When you are building for the future, you have to build smart, you have to build green. So, a lot of technology is going to be deployed and there is going to be a lot of greenery because of carbon emission. One of the major features of the smart city is that we are going to have our own private marina, we are going to have a water way in between the city, it is going to be the first city that is going to have a data center and that means all the street lights are interconnected. So, the street lights are smart, the greed that we are going to deploy are smart. So, allocation of power to each houses is going to be based on demand. So, that means that in imperial city, you are not going to have low current in any form, there is nothing like that. You can see what is happening in your house on your phone from any part of the world you are, that is what we are looking at, it is going to be a live, work and play environment.
The GDA in a rare pose with Mr. Femi Akioye of Channel Drill Resources Ltd
You mean an automated city?
Yes, it is going to be an automated city on its own.
I am sure this is strictly an elite investment?
Yes, it is not going to be cheap at all if that is what you mean, it is not going to be cheap at all. It is actually going to be very expensive and for the elites and that is part of the reason we are doing this promo because it is strictly for the high class and we now decided that we should give other people a chance, hence, the promo. So, some other people will be part of it so that they can just see. I mean, lucky people that God has decided to bless through this promo and bring into this community. But it is not going to be cheap at all because good things are always expensive.
'Let's talk about the Smart City Project called Imperial City Promo'
Can you tell us few countries of the world that has a smart city?
There is Mazda City in Abu Dhabby, the only thing is that we wont go to the level of Mazda City because fossil fuel cars are not allowed there but we have not gotten to that stage. There is Tangian City in Yandu, China and there is a Shondo City in South Korea, those are the major ones that we are looking at, that we are trying to look at like a study case for Imperial City.
Apart from the Promo, how can people who want to genuinely buy plots of lands in your Smart City reach you?
Femi Akioye explaining a point to the GDA
We are actually selling at the moment, people can go to (or call through 081-37-8060-87). This promo is a way of rounding up our off plan. So, after this promo, I think the next set of time that we are going to be selling would be next year.
Early next year?
I am not sure, it wont be early. Maybe second quarter next year. We are just going to be releasing bits into the market per season not everything at once.
Who is this Mr. Femi Akioye?
You want to know a bit about me?
Sure, sir!
I am just a man that works for Channel Drills Resources Ltd, that is what I am.
What were you trained for?
I studied Business Administration, I am actually a trained investment banker and now we are in real estate.
Saheed Lawal, the first man to win the land promo
The first winners of Imperial City Promo's N42 Million worth of Land, Mr. & Mrs. Lawal
Do you think the economy is too harsh on the real estate sector at this time and how do you think we can move out of this mess?
Femi Akioye...The Man who loves  signing new cheques and land paper for the benefit of Ordinary People. Signs first winners Saheed and Funmilayo Lawal's papers
The thing about the economy is that I don’t believe in eerr….err…
(Cuts in) Analysis?
I do believe in analysis because that is my training but personally, I am more religious when it comes to things like this. For me, there is no recession in town. For me, it is usually a transfer of wealth, it is a season of transfer of wealth, there are some people who cannot buy a bag of cement when it was N200 and when it is N10,000 they will be building mansions. So, how do you explain that? It depends on the way you see it but for me, the cup is always half full. It is never half empty for me, there is always an opportunity everywhere, it is the way you see it.
Are you a Pastor?
I am not a Pastor
Seun & Toyin Odebunmi won N42 Million Worth of Land courtesy Femi Akioye's Wealth Transfer innovation
Seun Odebunmi the man who won the Second Land from Imperial City Promo 2016
You are a faith merchant?
I am a Christian, I trust in God, I believe in God and that is the most important thing in my life.
Femi Akioye....Signing another land paper for Mr. & Mrs. Toyin Odebunmi
What is your philosophy of life?
Believe in God, that is the only great achievement. The best thing that can happen to you is just to know Christ. That is the greatest achievement of every man in this world, knowing Jesus. Every other thing come after that.
Do you have a role model in the area of business and success?
I have been blessed with a lot of people, I had the privilege of having Chief Joseph Sanusi the former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor as a mentor in my first work and that one really helped me. And there have been this other man that has been so helpful to me, that is Prince Samuel Adedoyin.
Femi Akioye shares his biggest philosophy with the GDA
You are lucky to have indeed, worked with great people?
No, I didn’t work with Chief Samuel Adedoyin, he was actually a client, then, he became a mentor and now he became a father. There is another man, Alhaji Umar Saro, those are people that God has placed in my life and over the time, they have trained me and I thank God I am here today.
So, you could say their philosophies influenced you to this age?
Yes, Prince Adedoyin’s philosophy influenced me more when you talk about just normal philosophy outside business, Prince Adedoyin’s philosophy influenced me more than any other person because in him, I can see a combination of business acumen and faith matched together. So, that touches me.
The Man who will build Africa's first Smart City, Mr. Femi Akioye with the GDA
You earlier told me about wealth transfer which your promo seems to be all about at this point in time,can you tell us how you think young people can earn wealth?
The first thing that young people need to understand to be successful, I am talking about me, I believe that money moves in the direction of power, spiritual power. So, your first step to success is know God. Trust God. Fear God. Believe God. The second, that is where the balance comes in, is to work hard, learn your trade and begin to learn how to work smart. Because a lot of young people don’t know. We have two extremes, a lot of people work and yet they don’t believe in God and we have people who believe in God and because they think they have pray hard they become lazy, you should be able to balance it up. I am talking about faith without work. You should be able to balance the two. That is my advice for young people.

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