The Managing Director/CEO of Sujimoto, Sijibomi Ogundele, has been honoured with the â€˜Hospitality Honorarium Grand Award 2017 in appreciation of his tenacity and contribution to the hospitality and luxury industry in sub-Saharan Africa.
The honour came from the hospitality and luxury real estate community in South Africa, during the IDE 10th Hotelier Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg.
In his keynote speech on luxury real estate, innovation and perseverance in entrepreneurship, Sijibomi highlighted the opportunities inherent in promoting African businesses by bringing three fundamental pillars of luxury real estate into one space; location, value and lifestyle.
South Africaâ€™s Minister of Tourism,Â Tokozile Xasa, spoke on the same stage withÂ Ogundele who was joined by Johannesburgâ€™sÂ Director, Economic Development Facilitation, Blanche Majosi; CEO Orion Group, Franz Gmeiner; President Continental Strategy Partners Ltd, Micah Wells; Nestle Country Head, Consumer Goods Johannesburg, Madoda Theo Mxakwe;Â CEO, Grohe, Michael Rauterkus, among an expected 1,500 like-minds from 54 countries across more than three continents, to discuss Africaâ€™s explosive property markets and how to continue to attract interest from investors and developers, home and abroad through innovative luxury real estate.
According to him: â€œWhen others see us as liabilities, how do we use our abilities to convert retreat into advance, and what seems like failure into success?â€