Bamidele Onalaja, CEO RevolutionPlus Property, holds his first degree in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA, Marketing) from the Lagos State University (LASU). He proceeded to the University of Lagos (UNILAG) where he had his advanced Diploma in Project management and became a member of the project management institute (PMI) in the United States of America.
In 2004 He joined Agbara Estates Ltd as the marketing manager to pioneer the sale of the “Vivas Home Project” within the estate and other phases of development which recorded monumental success.
Thereafter He joined Refuge Home Savings and Loan Ltd (Mortgage Bankers) as the head of projects and business development, where he pioneered the department and guided the bank into acquiring several landed properties such as the “BEAUFORT ROYALE ESTATE”, an estate of over 170 acres of land, part of which was Refuge Estate a development of 2 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms and 4 bedroom semidetached duplexes in the Mowe area of Ogun state also RHEMA ESTATE Ibafo comprising of various development built on about 75 acres of land and the NEXT LEVEL SHOPPING COMPLEX Akowonjo in Lagos which created mortgage opportunities for the bank as the banks customers were able to acquire the various properties.
Over the years, with his dedication to service Bamidele was able to grow the banks real estate investment and also took the responsibility of starting the banks facility management department of the bank.
He later joined Cornerstone Mortgage Bank as the Head, Mortgage Operations. Being a new department, he was responsible for the creation of both short term and long term mortgages through the various real estate products and development such as the ROSE GARDEN ESTATE, ABESAN LAGOS to meet the banks ever increasing customers demand and also drive the National Housing Fund (NHF) for the various customers and cooperatives of the bank.
Bamidele Onalaja joined Safetrust Mortgage Bank (Formerly Sterling Homes) as the Branch Manager for the Ikeja branch to drive the business activities of the bank.
He resigned from Safetrust Mortgage Bank to focus on his own business “REVOLUTIONPLUS PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED” a game changing Real Estate Development Company.
Recently, he was awarded the Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year and award he has won back to back at the Real Estate Excellence Awards organised by Betamedia ltd.
Also, he was awarded the Real Estate personality of the year award at the 2019 City People Magazine awards.
Chris Bamidele Onalaja Foundation
He’s also the founder of the Chris Bamidele Onalaja Foundation which empowers widows yearly, provide child and Maternal health , Economic Empowerment, Free Scholarships and also runs a full fledged private school Toldel Nur. and Pry School in Ikorodu fully free to educate less privileged children whose parents cannot afford a private school in that axis.
Also, giving scholarships to students up to university level.
It has been very, very challenging, but it’s very awesome. Without challenges there would be no history. We started the business at the remote part of Ogun State, Mowe to be precise. That was where we had our first estate. One year after, we moved to Ikorodu, Agbowa. we started the second estate and thereafter we moved to Ibeju Lekki. It’s been challenging and if you are not bold, you can’t do this job because you encounter ‘Omo Onile’, meet government agents and all sort of people.
Some people would even come with charms to talk to you. So, with God on our side, because I believe in Almighty God. He has been helping us to progress. And within 3 years, we have done exceptionally well. We have allocated several estates to people. We do immediate allocation. Just 2 week ago, we allocated 3 estates in Ibeju. They are, Lekki Royal Gardens, Lekki Rose Garden, and Lekki Crystal Garden. We gave the alotees their full plots. And last month again, we allocated another 2 more estates. Immediately you move to Ibeju Lekki, closed to the free Trade zone, we have 8 estates there already.
We provide infrastructure, roads, electricity, water, drainage in all the estates. So, it’s been challenging. Also it’s been challenging on a financial terrain because we didn’t have financial support from anybody. I could remember vividly when we needed support from a bank, exactly August last year, we asked for 5 million naira loan, we were not given. The bank gave us all sorts of stories. Nigerian banks are not supporting growing of estate business.
But you know what! Every morning now, they line up in our office. Three banks have come here today. They came here and when I asked them how they got here, they said: “we heard you on a radio programme.”
When I needed bank loan, they didn’t support me. I started this business with zero naira and I keep saying it, but God lifted it from zero to multi-billion naira business. Another thing at RevolutionPlus is our integrity.
We don’t play/joke with integrity. What we can’t deliver we don’t promise and God has been helping us. I also have a very wonderful wife, Tolulope, she is the Executive Director of the company. She has been the pillar of support and my friend.
One thing that has kept me going is No 1, Real Estate is something I love because you must feed your passion. When I was working in the bank, I was working for salary but I thank God for the training I had in all those years because I was a mortgage banker. So, mortgage banking exposed me to real estate. So, I now love real estate beyond the money in it. I love it because I want to provide affordable housing for people. Many people are homeless. We have about 25 million Nigerians who are homeless.
So, my vision is to provide affordable houses because government alone can’t do it.
Bamidele Onalaja is married Tolulope, and they are blessed with 2 lovely children.