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Omoonilephobia is a thing

To emphasize what Omoonilephobia is.

Have you ever encountered people who go out of their way to avoid anything concerning Omo Onile issues? Even to the point of forfeiting their properties at the slightest confrontation with Omo Onile people. This is because they have what I call Omoonilephobia.

Omoonilephobia involves intense fear of Omo Onile people (Land Grabbers) that leads to anxiety and panic for those who have it whenever they encounter any situation that involves Omo Onile. As odd as this may be, it is actually a thing and many people in Nigeria suffer from it.

Some of the common symptoms or behavioral patterns that people with Omoonilephobia often exhibit are:

  • Sweating and pounding of the heart at the sight of Omo Onile.
  • Feeling sick at the thought of Omo Onile.
  • Going out of your way to avoid Omo Onile people and drama including forfeiting your property.
  • Reluctance to buy properties due to fear of Omo Onile.

Commonly, the main reason why a lot of Nigerians have Omoonilephobia is that a lot of Omo Onile people are known to be violent and usually resort to diabolic means in order to get landowners to back off their properties. Here are a few things you can do when you encounter an Omo Onile crisis:

  • Get a lawyer. Not just any lawyer but a property lawyer.
  • Employ the services of a land surveyor to visit the property and take an accurate measurement of your piece of land in order to know where the boundaries are.
  • Have your lawyer liaise on your behalf with the controller of the Omo Onile people. Usually, Omo Onile people are backed up by a family who claims to be the sole owner of the properties in a certain area.
  • Cross-check your documents over and over again. When in doubt or you are not clear about certain things as regards your documentation, consult your lawyer and pay close attention to every detail.

Lastly, the ultimate way to avoid Omo Onile issues is to do all real estate buying and selling with trustworthy real estate companies such as Pertinence Limited because Pertinence Limited has the resources and experience to handle any of such issues.

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Pertinence Group Visits IDP Camp at Igando, Lagos State.

Pertinence Limited Staff Members standing with items to be taken to the IDP camp at Igando, Lagos.

An internally displaced person (IDP) is someone who is forced to flee his or her home but who remains within his or her country’s borders. They are often referred to as refugees, although they do not fall within the legal definition of a refugee.

Because Pertinence Group as a whole is committed to people empowerment and helping out people, It was important to reach out to the IDP Camp located at Igando in Lagos state and give them necessary relief items as the company celebrates her 8th year anniversary.

The Camp Commandant, Bosun Olukolade, hosted members of staff from the company, took them on a brief tour of the camp, and answered questions about the camp and it’s residents kindly. He had this about Pertinence Group visiting the camp:

” On behalf of the DG/CEO and entire Staff of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) I use this medium to appreciate the Pertinence Group for taking your time out with the presentation of relief items to the Displaced Person in the State. Your organization shall always be in the book of History of the Agency as a friend of people in need. We pray your office will continue to excel and prosper. My regards indeed and respect always. ”

Members of staff from Pertinence Group presenting relief items to IDP Camp Commandant


150 sqm of land is enough…

A 150 sqm modern house

There is a popular misconception about small plots of land, particularly 150 sqm. They find it hard to accept that beautiful, high rise houses can be built on a 150 sqm plot of land and have conditioned their minds to believe that they can only build their house on a 600 sqm of land for it to really look as beautiful as they have envisioned. To begin, two things need to be established:

  • 150 sqm of land is small but mighty.
  • 150 sqm of land is enough.

In simple terms, a 150 sqm plot of land is one-quarter of a 600 sqm plot of land, and it is measured 30 by 60. Practically, a 150 sqm plot of land is derived when a 600 sqm of land is divided equally into four places and also when a 300 sqm of land is divided into two.

As far as Nigeria is concerned, not a lot of real estate companies offer 150 sqm of land as a package to customers to buy because the general perception is that it is too small to build a house so it is not in high demand by customers.

Also, there are not many architects who are flexible enough to create a sketch out a structure that will comfortably sit on a 150 sqm plot of land because they believe that there might not be enough space to play with so this goes a long way in affecting the sort of advice they give to any client who might be considering buying and building a house on a 150 sqm plot of land.

A major concern of many people as regards the 150 sqm of land is that it is too small to accommodate a commercial or residential building. This is not true because with a clear vision of what the building is meant to look like, the purpose it will serve and a very creative architect, anything is achievable on a 150 sqm plot of land.

According to Abel Adejoh, an experienced architect in Nigeria, two apartment flats can be built on a 150 sqm plot of land and still retain a parking space that can accommodate three cars. He further explained that it is very possible for two persons to come together, buy a half plot of land, split it into two, and build duplexes with driveways.

In summary, there is still a lot of work to be done in the real estate industry as regards sensitizing Nigerians about the 150 sqm plot of land and to get them to shake off the thought that they will not be unable to build a great structure on it. We hope to see more people embracing the idea of having their dream home on a 150 sqm plot of land.

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The Foundation is Everything

You have probably heard people say that the foundation of a house is more important than the house itself. You also might have heard of cases where the foundation cost more to set up than the entire house in terms of money. All of these are true and are not exaggerated. The foundation of a house is everything and more because it goes a long way in determining if the house will remain standing for a long time or if it will sink.

According to The Constructor, the foundation is the lowest part of the building that is in direct contact with the soil, transferring loads from the structure to the soil safely. The foundation is divided into two generally:

The Shallow Foundation

Also known as spread footing in the construction industry, the shallow foundation is the type of foundation created with depth as little as 3 feet into the soil and is mostly used for light buildings such as kiosks and beach sheds. Because it is not deeply rooted in the soil, the shallow foundation usually does not consume a lot of resources in terms of building materials and money. There are three types of shallow foundations as well called individual footings, strip footings, and raft foundation.

Image of a shallow foundation

Whenever the weather is cold, it is important that extra attention is paid to shallow foundations in order to avoid freezing. A proactive measure that construction engineers often take is building the foundation above what is called the Frost Line.

The Frost Line is a level in the ground that is above where freezing begins. In cases where the foundation cannot be built above the Frost Line, insulation is always put in place in order to ensure that some level of heat passes from the building, into the foundation and the soil in order to prevent freezing.

The Deep Foundation

Also called pile foundation, a deep foundation is the type of foundation created with depth as deep as 60 feet to 250 feet into the soil and is mostly used for high rise buildings such as towers and duplexes, in order to ensure that these sort of buildings do not collapse suddenly at a later date. It involves the use of a lot more cement and irons. Therefore, it is considered to be significantly more expensive than the shallow foundation. The deep foundation also has two types which are the end bearing pile and friction pole.

Image of a deep foundation

In Nigeria, Lagos to be specific, a lot of people believe that the type of foundation put underneath a building is only dependent on the type of soil the land being built upon has. Clients often go back and forth with construction engineers because, despite professional counsel, they want to go ahead and build a duplex on a shallow foundation because the land is located on the mainland, which is considered to be strictly dry land.

There is a common misconception that deep foundations and german floors are strictly for properties on the island because that area is considered to be mostly swampy and sand-filled. This is not totally true because the design of the house to be built is considered alongside the nature of the land it’s going to be built upon when determining the type of foundation to be built.

It is very important to note that a foundation can be perfectly built using concrete, steel, stones, bricks, and others. The type of building materials used in constructing a foundation and the building as a whole also depends on the design of the building as well as the nature of the soil of the land it’s been built upon.

To learn more about topics like this from our seasoned construction engineers, follow us on Instagram and join in our Real Estate Realities series that takes place by 6:00 PM from Monday to Friday. https://www.instagram.com/pertinencegroup/

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Pertinence Limited Goes to London, United Kingdom

Pertinence Limited, one of the leading real estate companies in the Nigerian real estate industry will be having the second edition of their London Real Estate Conference/Investors Forum. The FREE conference is going to be taking place on the 15th of March 2020 at Crown Plaza Hotels & Resorts 19, New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6DB, United Kingdom.

The conference is concentrated on presenting secured real estate investment opportunities to everyone in London who is interested. Attendees are also going to have the opportunity of buying properties at discounted prices and would also be given property payment plans that last as long as five years.

Interested and curious? Great! Call +447983439082, +447721917320 and 08140000428 for more details.

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Pertinence Limited Hosts The Mayor of Brampton, Canada

Last week, the Mayor of Brampton, His Worship, Mr Patrick Brown alongside the City Councillor – Brampton, Charmaine Williams visited Nigeria and were hosted by Pertinence Limited. Pertinence Limited organized an interactive power session for 300 Nigerian entrepreneurs with the Mayor and the City Councillor as the headlining speakers. Along with their Canadian delegates, the Mayor and the City Councillor spent four days in Nigeria and they did the following:

Meet and Greet with the Governor and Deputy Governor of Lagos state

The Mayor and the City Councillor had a meet and greet session with the governor and deputy governor of Lagos state where they talked briefly on future collaborations between Canada and Nigeria.

A Visit to the Ooni of Ife

The Mayor and the City Councillor paid a visit to the popular Ooni of Ife and were warmly received by the palace dancers with a rich cultural dance presentation after which they proceeded to see the Ooni of Ife and his chiefs.

Meet and Greet with Famous Acts in the Nigerian Entertainment Industry

After the visit to the Ooni of Ife, the Mayor and the City Councillor went on a tour of Terra Kulture Center led by Bolanle Austen-Peters. They later had an interactive meet and greet session with popular acts in the Nigerian entertainment industry such as Ufoma McDermott, Zack Orji, Sam Olatunji, Femi Adebayo, Instagram sensation, Calabar Chic and more.

The Interactive Session

The day for the interactive power session took place and saw the Mayor and the City Councillor sitting on different panels to address the Nigerian entrepreneurs present alongside their delegates and the co-founders of Pertinence Limited, Wisdom Ezekiel and Olorunsheyi Sunday.