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November 16, 2017

Hotel groups address lengthy development periods in West Africa

West Africa has been at the heart of the continent’s growth and economic transformation in recent years.  Notwithstanding the sharp slowdown experienced in 2016 and 2017, the region’s economy is expected to rebound in 2017 onwards.  Commodity-based economies, like Nigeria, […]
April 11, 2017

#EAPI2017 Roundup: Unpacking the East African Hotel Market

The East Africa Property Investment Summit was held on the 5th and 6th of April, 2017, at the Radisson Blu Upper Hill, Nairobi.  The hotel-focused panel at the conference featured some key speakers from the hotel industry on the continent, namely: […]
March 24, 2017

CEO panel at Berlin Hotel Conference discuss hotel trends

At the recently concluded International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) held in Berlin, the “CEO Debate” panel underscored the need for hoteliers to remain agile, flexible and responsive to changing guest needs.  The CEO panel included Puneet Chhatwal of Deutsche Hospitality; […]
April 9, 2015

Agbaje or Ambode – Who’s Better For Real Estate in Lagos?

With less than a week left till Lagos’ hotly contended elections between Jimi Agbaje of PDP and Akinwumni Ambode of APC, we would like to embark on a fact presenting exercise to see which candidate may be better for Lagos’ […]
March 31, 2015

What a Buhari win means for Nigeria’s economy

On the eve of the election of General Muhammadu Bahuri as the next President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yvonne Mhango, the Sub-Saharan Africa Economist at Renaissance Capital published an analysis of what his appointment could mean for the country on How We Made […]
February 18, 2015
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Opinion: 6 Challenges facing the Nigerian REIT Industry

Last month I attended a roundtable discussion organised by Stanbic on the Nigerian REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) sector, where investors, stakeholders and regulators attempted to tackle the key problems currently being faced. The 3 discussions, ‘Asset Acquisition and Valuation Considerations’, […]
December 21, 2014

Research Note: Analysis of Nigeria’s Newest REIT

Here’s a short research note with a few thoughts on the new REIT, Haldane McCall Real Estate Investment Trust. Haldane McCall owns The Suru Group, a private limited company focused mainly on residential developments and the hospitality sector in Lagos. They have already commenced an initial public […]
November 30, 2014

Opinion: Can Lekki become a Commercial Hotspot?

Recent completions of prime grade office space and a sustained development pipeline is indicative of the strong confidence developers have in the prospects of Lekki becoming a commercial hotspot. Currently, much of the office space in Lekki is characterised by residential conversions and very few […]