IF YOU ARE COMPETENT IN YOUR PROFESSION, JOBS WILL LOOK FOR YOU- Arch. Olajire,ROLAI CONSULT BOSS

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Stories compiled by Godday Oddi(aguri_god@yahoo.co.uk 08063458693)

 

Architect Oladipo Olajire Olarotimi is the Managing Director of Rolai Consult and Project Manager/Senior Architect Sparklight Properties Development. He is a professional architect that consults for POP masters interiors for high and middle class clients across the globe. He has worked in different architectural companies (Mustang Homes and Property, Blue Prints Consultants and DBC Architects CPMS Limited) where his professional services are highly appreciated and respected. He never came into the architectural world by mistake but a single advice from his father at his secondary days which he had passion for drawing and dancing saw him becoming a science student.Today, he has handled high-class projects in highbrow areas in Nigeria.

According to Arch.Olajire,jobs will keep chasing after a competent architect if he or has architectural knowledge on his or her profession. The Lagos-Oyo based young architect with great ambition said, rampant collapsed buildings in Nigeria are caused by quack builders. In this interview with Gabrivoice.com via online, Arch.Olajire spoke extensively on the need for young entrepreneurs and architects to continue to improve on their professional services and embrace humility to clients always.

 

ENTREPRENEURIAL BACKGROUND

I’m Architect Oladipo Olajire Olarotimi, Managing Director of Rolai Consult and Project Manager/Senior Architect of Sparklight Properties Development. I attended Baptist Nursery and Primary School and First Foundation College for my leaving school certificate and Senior School Certificate Examination. I did my NYSC at the Drawing Office, Works and Maintenance, University of Ibadan. I thereafter, proceeded to Polytechnic of Ibadan for Ordinary National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND).I’m currently attending Bells University for academic entrepreneurial expansion, professional creativity and clients ‘services delivery. I’m from Oyo State.

 

 ARCHITECTURAL MOTIVATION

Architecture to me is a childhood dream I nurtured into adulthood. I was best known in my school days at drawing and dancing and then it came that I needed to choose between art and science. I was confused then, I had  a friendly conversation with my daddy to know how to choose my life career where he told me I was gifted in drawing and asked me if I have heard about architecture before and I said no. He then explained to me how the profession looks like and I had no option than to settle for science class. My passion to become a sought-after architect in Africa.

 

ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

The most amazing thing about being an entrepreneur is that you don’t have to wait for anybody to live your life for you. You don’t have to be dependent on anybody or wait until you get your salary in a month. Entrepreneurs take risk in business and create opportunities for themselves. Architecture as a profession to me is an opportunity to stand on your own without working for anybody and if you choose to work for somebody, it is your choice and at the same thing you gain experience in the profession. You cannot be great without serving others in life.

 

PERSONAL ENTREPRENEURIAL MANAGEMENT

 

It is a matter of understanding; the truth is that if you are competent in what you do, you don’t look for jobs but jobs come for you. People will want to have you in their organizations in other to promote their services. I give any company I work with my full time and professional services to the core. The good thing about architect is that you can work from anywhere at any time.Sparklight Properties Development understands my excellent professional services.

 

ARCHITECTURAL AFFORDABILITY 

Yes, I’m affordable but depend on the project in my hands. Some clients will want to take advantage of your goodwill. I differentiate between business and friendship. I’m an understandable person and my goal to give my clients professional services for their money.

 DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN ARCHITECTURAL INVESTMENT IN HIGHBROW AREAS AND SLUM AREAS

I love this question. It boils down to different reasons. I want to consciously elucidate on it for my esteemed readers and followers on the social media and conventional media platforms. Lifestyle is mostly influenced. Buildings on the Island cost more and people still want to build there. Investors don’t like to invest in slum cities or areas because it is not luxury like Lekki or Ikeja areas. Investors want to build where they can get more profits. Most of the houses are siting on piles. As an investor, if I can spend much on piling, I should be thinking of highbrow areas to invest not slum areas. There is huge competition among investors that is why you get more of the contemporary buildings in Lekki than Ajegunle.You cannot compare the price of duplex in Lekki to Ajegunle.There is huge profit-margin. Entrepreneurs and investors go for the profit.

 

PANACEA TO RAMPANT BUILDINGS COLLAPSE IN AFRICA

The main reason that buildings collapse is the inability of some investors or developers to hire the services of professionals. When people say it cost more to hire a professional, I told them, look building a house is a wonderful step in someone’s life. The house that you will build that can stand the test of time is better than what you build and be afraid to live in. It is better not to build than trying to cut corners in other for a building to stand. The result is not pleasant because it may take lives and property worth millions of naira destroyed for such unprofessional act from the developer. It is better to hire the services of professionals.

 

ENTREPRENEURIAL ADVICE FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS LIKE YOU

 

Every young entrepreneur must be simple, humble and respect everyone around him or her. Be yourself and improve everyday. Also when you know your SWOT, you will know your WORTH.

 

 

  

 


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