The African REIT Movement

~ Hakeem Ogunniran

CEO, Eximia Realty Co. Ltd

From cutting his teeth as a Law Lecturer to leading the prestigious UACN Property Development Co. Plc and founding Eximia Realty Co. Ltd, Hakeem Ogunniran has had an illustrious career, taking giant strides to become a leading expert in African real estate structuring, funding and delivery.

He has been described by top players in his industry as having a ‘unique understanding of the connection between financial models, capital markets and brick and mortar all within the context of Africa’s complex and challenging operating environment.’

Having been a frequent speaker at international conferences, seminars and retreats, including being the Lead Speaker for Africa at the 1st International Conference on Corporate Governance at Shanghai, China, Hakeem decided to reinforce his thought leadership by pioneering the REIT movement in Africa to provide a feasible and sustainable solution to Africa’s real estate financing problem as well as grow her economy.
He put his thoughts and well-researched ideas into a book and contacted ScribeTribe to help him launch the African REIT movement. We branded his book to make it appealing to readers and deployed a website ( to serve as a one-stop shop for all his REIT resources, updates and bookings.

The REIT book expounds the legal framework on REITs; hence, it serves as a resource guide to lawyers, professional advisers, capital market operators, students and researchers on securitization and asset-backed securities. It also discusses the practice-related issues in order to appeal to a broader readership base.

In March 2021, we worked with Hakeem to organise a highly successful book launch which was well-attended by the crème de la crème in the real estate sector as well as other national figures including HRH Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, Abisogun II, the Oniru of Iruland; Olu Akpata, Esq, the President, Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Tunde Lemo – Former Deputy Governor of the Central bank of Nigeria and Chairman, Titan Trust Bank Ltd; Dr Rabiu Olowo – Hon Commissioner for Finance, Lagos State; Mrs Toke Benson – Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Housing, Mr Adeniji Adele – President, FIABCI International, Nigerian Chapter; Asiwaju Oluwatobiloba Lawal – MD/CEO, Lagos Building Investments Company; to mention but a few.

Afterwards, we commenced a continental book tour with Hakeem which began with a book reading for professionals which held in May 2021 and was chaired by the Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Sam Egube.
Hakeem’s masterpiece, The Law and Practice of Real Estate Investment Trusts, is being adopted by leading professional bodies in Africa as a critical tool for vocational training and practice.

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