Sujimoto Construction Limited CEO Sijibomi Ogundele has identified value creation and the desire to make impact as his driving force.
Ogundele said this when he gave reporters an interview on the occasion of his 40th birthday celebration. He said that creating value makes one relevant in the scheme of things and that nobody likes those who do not give them value.
For the real estate bigwig, the way he was raised by his mother played a big part in how he grew into an adult.
“I was not born with a silver spoon! In fact, it didn’t have a spoon!
He said: “Poverty and the desire to make an impact drive me. Acquiring wealth is critical, but for me when your neighbor is hungry, of course, his chicken is not safe. So, a rich man in the midst of the poor is also poor and has been enslaved by mental poverty ”.
“At the tender age of 5, my mother would wake us up very early in the morning while my companions are sleeping and she would say to me:“ Ajaniogun wake up, wake up! Isel’ogunise ”, that is, Ajaniogun, wake up, wake up! Hard work is the cure for poverty.
“During the holidays, while my friends were busy playing Nintendo and going on vacation, I had to resume work at my mother’s store in Oke-Arin, gradually learning and charting the path for my future. My mother’s words have been my driving force! “
“The creation of value also drives me. Nobody likes someone who doesn’t give them value. If you are my brother and you are not adding value to me, I am not ready to do business with you. “
“Integrity is a must! It is the currency of my business: say what you want to say and say what you say ”. On many occasions when I say something, I make sure to keep that promise, even if it results in a loss, we will take it as a debt of integrity.
“Although I grew up in Oke-Arin and the Agege slums, I have traveled to more than 40 countries. I have been privileged to stay in some of the best hotels, have experienced exceptional customer service, and seen some of the best structures. This exhibition has consciously raised my standards and expectations in life, that is why when I go anywhere and things are not done at the highest level, I cannot resist expressing my discontent and, in most cases, I I refuse to pay the bill. for mediocrity! “
On whether he regrets scoring 40, Ogundele said: “Do you regret it? None! I see every event in my life as an opportunity to learn and improve. Each setback has been a strategic way in which God prepared me for greater opportunities. “
Ogundele is the mastermind behind the $ 52 million architectural masterpiece, LucreziaBySujimoto, located on Banana Island.