Things do not always come together at the first time of asking, especially in business. This is the case with Emmanuel Ademola Ayilara, an entrepreneur who had to deal with failure before becoming successful after delving into the real estate sector.
Ayilara, created LandWey after series of losses and disappointments. His perseverance and belief kept him going when most would have given up.
LandWey is a real estate development and management company turning over $14 million per year. It started with just five employees. Today, they employ 42 full-time staff, 370 realtors and 16,000 consultants.
Ayilara’s journey to entrepreneurship started when he was in school. His first stint was at a coaching center in Abeokuta, Ogun State in Nigeria. The business failed. He tried his hand again, this time, running a vocational training program with over 3,600 students.
“Once I had a taste of success, there was no turning back. Starting and running businesses became my turf and all I had to do was build more capacity. I always believed opportunities would come to those who were most prepared so I put in the hard work even when no one noticed,” he says.
In 2018, the 29-year-old was one of 27 Nigerians listed in Forbes Africa 30 under 30. These young men and women were recognised by Forbes Africa for the role they play as Africa’s most promising young change-makers.