Today, Sijibomi Ogundele, founder and lead partner of Sujimoto Group of Companies, is living his dreams. Except you know a little about his steady rise to fame, you might think his is another case of what sociologists would describe as ascribed status.

No, his story is what can aptly be described as achieved status. How? In the beginning, one of his secondary school teachers had written him off and proclaimed that he would never taste greatness in life because he considered him as too dumb and stubborn. Faced with this challenge, he had resolved to shame his teacher and proved his critics wrong.

At 34, he is already a force to be reckoned with in the real estate sector in Nigeria. He has been able to make a lasting statement with his innovativeness in the industry. Ogundele’s sole objective is to redefine luxury in the Nigerian real estate industry and is gradually achieving his dreams.

Society Happenings gathered that he was a guest of His Royal Highness, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Duba,i recently. The meeting, it was learnt, was essentially to share his vision and dream with the Emir who was said to have been very impressed.

With offices in Paris, Accra, Madrid, Dubai and Riyadh, he has indeed stamped his feet solidly in the Nigerian business world. Sujimoto Group, his parent company, has continued to blaze the trail with an international network of partners, such as Fortune 100 Company, which is known to be the wealthiest non-royal family group of companies in the Middle East. Sujimoto Group has helped the Alhaji Group and its other partners to locate and analyze business opportunities in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

The young entrepreneur’s benevolence is phenomenal, as he has made generosity the pillar of his organization. The ‘10000 Giving Back with Sujimoto’ was borne out of the need to reach out to the needy in the society, focusing on physically challenged women, single mothers, widows and other under-privileged people. It is a major call to action on the Poverty Emancipation Programme (PEP) programme.