Nigerian real estate mogul Mr Kunle Adeyemi, Senior Partner, NLE Works, was  awarded Nigerian real estate Hero in the 3INVEST Inspiration awards, which was part of the programme at the recently concluded real estate unite 2016, that took place on the 6th and 7th of October at the Eko Convention Centre Lagos.

This award was given to Mr Adeyemi for his initiative in creating the Makoko floating school, a project that gave a future to so many children who had none, amongst many others.


Mr. Adeyemi is an architect ‘urbanist’ and founder of NLE, an architecture design practice focused on developing cities and communities. He is best known for creating ‘Makoko floating school’, an innovative prototype floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Africa’s second largest city, Lagos. He is a selfless humanitarian who has been relentless in shaping the industry and has most specifically changed the lives of so many people.


In a brief speech given by Mr Kunle whilst receiving his awards, he spoke about his inspiration behind the Makoko community. He recognised the efforts of the people of Makoko for their creativity and relentless efforts in making the best of what they had.

He also spoke on the recent collapse of the structure and plans to replace the structure with a new prototype of what was used in Venice. He sees this project as an opportunity and a test of ingenuity and innovation.

Other recipients of the 3INVEST Inspiration are

Change Agent category;

Yemi Idowu of Aircom – Recommended as the largest single – handed medium to low housing developer in Nigeria

Tayo Amusan of Persianas group – Recommended for immense contribution to retail real estate and launch of the first Urban Mall i  West Africa – The PALMS

Femi Akintunde of AM Facilities – Recommended for pioneering the Facilities Management Industry in Nigeria.

In Grand Achievers Category;

Ronald Chagoury Snr. of Eko Atlantic –Recommended for his role in rebuilding the great wall of Lagos and building a new city called the Eko Atlantic

Hakeem Ogunniran of UPDC – Recommended For leading to launch the most successful  REIT in Nigeria to date.

“Next Wave “Ones to watch” category.

Richard Nyong of Lekki gardens – Recommended for using his Lekki Gardens pricing strategy to disrupt the housing prices in Lagos


Other highlights of the event includes a performance by Nigeria’s top multi lingua vocalist TeeKay who serenaded the crowd with a rich collection of hit songs from top international classic artistes like Andrea Bocelli, Louis Armstrong and Mariachi Sol De Mexico de Jose Hernandez.


MC/Comedian Saco also thrilled the crowd with his collection of refreshing and ribs cracking jokes.






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