Folasade Balogun: An Icon of simplicity, humility, elegance | The Guardian Nigeria News
In Nigeria’s golden years, the country has always produced outstanding women who are not only great role models but also shrewd professionals in different fields of endeavour.
Names like Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, the late Prof. Dora Akunyili, the current Director General of the World Trade Organization, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, easily come to mind when one thinks of Nigerian Amazons.
Another such virtuous woman is the elegant and illustrious Folasade Balogun (formerly Folasade Gbadamosi), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Red Brick Homes International Limited.
Born in April 1967 to the late Professor Bola Olujide Balogun, Folasade Balogun became a renowned player, who distinguished herself in the Nigerian real estate industry.
A classy, God-fearing woman, Madame Amen, as she is affectionately known, is a wonderful mother to her biological children and the many employees who work with her. She is a very successful businesswoman, who single-handedly built the Amen Estates group from the ground up. She is also the embodiment of what a perfect wife and mother should be.
Folasade started her school career at Staff School in Ile-Ife, Osun State in 1972. She then proceeded to Notre Dame Girls High School for her secondary education, still in Ile -Ife.
Thereafter, she continued her education at Oyo State College of Arts and Science, Ile-Ife, before proceeding to the prestigious University of Ife, where she obtained a BA Hons in English language.
Just as the scriptures ask, “A virtuous woman, who can find? Its price is much higher than that of pearls and rubies. Folasade embodies the art of performing colossal feats in peace and stealth mode.
An entirely reserved and easy-going woman, she prefers to always stay behind the scenes as she continues to innovate and conquer new frontiers. If the saying “Drink the water and mind your own business” were to have an ambassador, Folasade would fit right into the role with remarkable perfection.
Folasade, who currently resides in Lagos, is married and has children. Prior to returning to Nigeria and founding Red Brick Homes International Limited, she spent almost a decade as Managing Director of Esstech Limited and Esstech College in London, UK. It was from 1998 to 2007 precisely.
During her time with the company, she consistently engaged with the public sector in a way that would benefit the company. “We were able to access different types of funding, including special EU funding for the provision of training and skills. We were also able to establish and develop contacts with the Learning and Skills Council, so that we were chosen as one of the pilot centers for the Learn Direct program in South London,” joked Folasade.
Profits from Esstech College have been used to build a small property portfolio, consisting of residential and commercial units dotted around south-east London. Armed with this experience, she decided to bring her wealth of skills and exposure to the Nigerian real estate field.
In 2003, she founded Redbrick Homes International Limited and remains its Chief Executive Officer to this day. The company is the sole owner, developer and promoter of Amen Estates located along Eleko Beach Road, Ibeju-Lekki LGA, Lagos State, Nigeria.
According to her, having had a good experience of the UK rental and new property markets, it was only a matter of time, that she would engage heavily in the Nigerian property market, which seemed to be crying out for quality. , saying she bought a few plots of land, all in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area in Lagos, and embarked on her first project at the current site of Amen Estate, Eleko.
The rest, as they say, is history. Amen Estates is currently one of the most upscale and coveted real estate projects in Nigeria. The luxurious, classy and elegant estate is currently home to many Nigerian citizens, film and music celebrities, sports superstars and some foreign and expatriate dignitaries.
Undoubtedly, it is one of the best real estate institutions in these parts of the world. For almost two decades now, the estate has become renowned not only for its luxurious and serene environment, but also for the security it offers to existing and new occupants and investors. Buying land or homes from Amen Estates comes with a guarantee of peace, security and an unwavering assurance that your investment and assets are always fully secure.
Some of Folasade’s skills and endorsement include proven skills in real estate, property development, investment properties, property management, real estate transactions and feasibility studies.