MY FATHER EJECTED ME FROM HIS HOUSE !!!
Now, I Encourage Others to eject Landlords !!!
It was in the year 1999, I had just shifted my base from Ile Ife to a small town in the outskirts of Ikorodu called Ogijo.
My father, the Late Icon of Students’ Unionism, Akogun Olusegun Okeowo had built blocks of flats on an acre of land in that town.
Naturally I requested for his permission to stay in one of the flats as I was a struggling young man who had married only three years earlier with a toddler to cater for.
I was not surprised when he granted my request but he added a caveat…
I was to stay in the house for only twelve months!
It sounded like a huge joke to me. Stay in my father’s house for twelve months? I thought I could stay there as long as I wished. At least, he really had no personal need for any of the flats.
As if he read my mind and wanted to prove to me how serious he was; he backed his pronouncement with an official letter !
I was dumbfounded. He meant it !!!
Three months to the expiration of the one year “tenancy”, he wrote me a reminder urging me to get ready to leave.
Reality dawned on me! I started making frantic efforts to do some skeletal works on a plot of land I had inherited from my Mum.
At the expiration of the one year “tenancy”, my father; seeing the slow pace of work on my site; had compassion on me and gave me a grace of another twelve months.
Again, he backed it up with another letter.
This time, I doubled my efforts ! I struggled to complete the house. Unfortunately I could not do much.
Then came the quit notice!
He wrote me a letter and gave me a quit notice at the expiration of the grace period!
A quit notice from my father ! Was I dreaming!
I knew my father was no comedian. He was a principled man ! He meant it !!!
He made good his quit notice threat with an ejection order. At that point, we had to move to our uncompleted house to start living there willy-nilly!
Yes he ejected me!
Many who heard my story wondered why my father could be that wicked!!!
No he wasn’t!
After we had moved into the uncompleted house, he visited me one day and saw the uncompleted zinc roof. He sought to know how many bundles of zinc roofing sheets I needed to complete the work. I counted and told him. Right there, he counted money and gave me to go buy.
Then it dawned on me that my old man was simply teaching me to become a man !
He taught me to be who I am today!!!
That experience taught me to become a “construction expert” without learning construction engineering.
In the course of emergency building of my first house, I ran from pillar to post, finding the tricks of cutting costs in construction…and I did learnt!
That experience got me thinking wild !
My own father ejected me? How much worse it will be for those ejected by landlords.
I began to feel for many who had no house of their own. My mind went to several of my colleagues in the drama ministry who like me would be ejected one day; if not by their fathers…but their landlords.
That experience gave birth to the vision of Zionstones Film Village, a 24 acre Residential Estate in Simawa, behind the RCCG 3kmX3km auditorium in the year 2009.
“Eject your landlord” I shouted to those who cared to listen. Those who heard me bought plots of land from me at N90,000 and ejected their landlords!
Today, in 2018 (nine years later) the same plot of land goes for N2million naira only!
My father taught me real estate…because he gave me quit notice and ejected me.
He taught me how to be a man and pushed me to become a landlord at the age of 31.
Today, I have built other houses for myself and helped many to build theirs. I have not stopped, I am still shouting to someone who will listen…
EJECT YOUR LANDLORD
By Kolade Segun Okeowo (KSO)