The biggest luxury event of the year, Fusion of Real Estate, Interior Design and Art (FREIA), an event which aims to explore the benefits and opportunities of strategically aligning the three aforementioned industries, is scheduled to hold on the 8th of December, 2017. Predicted to become the strongest name in the African luxury, real estate, interior design and art market; the event put together by Luxury Villas Group will feature some of the best names in the market as speakers.
Tommy Odama is the GMD and CEO, Luxury Villas Group; a premium real estate and property services company based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a serial entrepreneur with over fifteen businesses spanning across Real Estate and other industries. He is a passionate consultant with a robust grounding in property agency, management, development, appraisals, investment advisory, lease administration, property acquisition, business development, and facility and project management.
Odama is an alumnus of Knowledge Train Learning Matter UK where he obtained a diploma in project management fundamentals. He has also studied Strategic Planning in Development Management from the Hetta Institute, New York, and recently completed a Real Estate Management Program: Finance, Design and Leadership at the Harvard Business School, Boston.
Agatha Eric-Udorie can best be described as a unique mix of passion and knowledge. Her passion for interior designing combined with her far-reaching and wide exposure has streamlined her into a very enterprising female entrepreneur of high repute. Her wealth of experience encompasses all facets of the industry and some aspects of civil construction and finishing. She has been in charge of affairs in her company, Agatha’s Interior Design, since inception, being fully responsible for providing the inspiration, motivation and guidance through the company’s growth evidently witnessed over the past years.
Udorie started her work career as the Chief Executive Officer of her start-up business, Boli-A Enterprises. Boli-A Enterprises was engaged in the production of locally made furniture and it supplied prominent brands like Magnificent Interiors Limited, Leather World and a host of others. She is currently pursuing a Diploma in Interior Design from KLC, London and became a Resource Council member of the International Federation of Interior Design in 2013.
Azu Nwagbogu is the founder and director of African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria, dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African arts and artists since 2007. Nwagbogu also serves as founder and director of LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography that brings leading local and international photographers in dialogue with multifaceted stories of Africa.
He is the creator of Art Base Africa, a new virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African Art and the diaspora. Nwagabogu served as a juror for the Dutch Doc and the POPCAP Photography Awards, the World Press Photo, Prisma photography award (2015) and Greenpeace Photo Award (2016). This year, he was appointed as Curator at Large for the new Zeitz MOCAA museum in Cape Town, South Africa.
Olajumoke Adenowo is a multiple award-winning architect and has constantly been referred to as the “Face of Architecture” in Nigeria. With over 30 years of experience below her belt in the architecture scene, Olajumoke has been a part of many prestigious and monumental projects within and outside Nigeria. Olajumoke, a pioneer recipient of the keenly contested New African Woman in Business Award (from the same stable as the African Banker of the Year Award) was also nominated for the West African Business Woman of The Year award at the CNBC All Africa Business Leaders Awards in 2014.
Olajumoke’s works have been recognized by various prestigious institutions, receiving The International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award in 2012 and recognized as one of 100 most Influential Nigerians. She also was named as one of 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria by YNaija and one of Africa’s Most Powerful 10 Women in Business by AFK Insider. In 2013, Olajumoke was featured amongst other global personalities of black ancestry in the Hall of Fame, Black History Month by the University of West England, Bristol.
Oliver Enwonwu an artist, curator, art administrator, author, writer, publisher and brand strategist. He is the founder, executive director, and trustee of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation. He is also the president of the Society of Nigerian Artists, director of Omenka Gallery and CEO of Revilo Company Ltd., publishers of Omenka, Africa’s first arts, business and luxury-lifestyle magazine. Enwonwu sits on the board of several organisations including the Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria and the Lagos Biennial. He has also served on the governing board of the National Gallery of Art, Nigeria.
Enwonwu has exhibited across several countries including Nigeria, the United Kingdom, United States, Ireland and South Africa at the Joburg Art Fair. His work also forms part of many significant private and public collections including Bank of Industry, the Delta State Government, Nigeria. His expertise as a curator is built from thirteen years of running a leading gallery in Africa, consulting for other important galleries, auction houses and museums, as well as curating major exhibitions and presentations at prestigious art fairs around the world.