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30 Housing and Construction Brands to Watch at 13th AIHS

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Africa’s biggest housing and construction event – Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) – is proud to unveil the 30 housing and construction brands to watch at this year’s show.

The following brands have shown what impact they can make at the show and are not listed in any preferential order.


iBUILD is a powerful, mobile platform that closes the gap in affordable housing production by Empowering the World to Build. iBUILD is a C2C market disruption tool that connects people in need of shelter with masses of construction-related people looking for work and facilitates open access to housing support services that guide individuals through the housing (re)construction process. iBUILD creates open and fair access to meaningful work through a localized construction marketplace coupled with a transparent ecosystem of support that improves consumer access to mortgages and micro finance, construction plans and a dynamic marketplace of contractors, workers and suppliers to all; iBUILD provides a mobile wallet solution so that every individual has the power to transact and immediately improve the security and adequacy of their own shelter according to individual need.


EchoStone is an internationally recognised building construction company with proven track record of delivering works of the highest quality with efficient innovations. The company is widely acknowledged as a resolute force in Nigeria and on the continent when it comes to quality and professionalism. The Abuja International Housing Show is impressed by EchoStone’s ability to reshape and modernise building construction in Africa. EchoStone runs a housing system developed specifically to address the worldwide housing shortage. They combine best-in-class design, development, and construction elements to achieve high-quality housing standards for communities in need. EchoStone also offers governments, non-governmental organizations, and real estate developers in emerging markets greater opportunities to build high-quality housing at far greater speed and scale.


Urban Shelter

Urban Shelter Limited is a property development corporation with headquarters in Abuja Nigeria. With over 25 years of experience in integrated property development and management, the company has been driven to make itself a household name in the property industry. Urban Shelter Limited has to its advantage an immense reserve of resources and experience, which give it the ability to effectively plan, develop and manage properties for individuals, private organisations, state and federal government establishments while strategically positioning the company to consolidate its activities across Nigeria, Dubai, and the entire West African sub-region. We are a real estate investment firm positioned to deliver cutting edge and competitive real estate solutions to our valued clients We engage in real estate development, brokerage, and management. We offer good and flexible payment plans on all our products and services. Our clientele include corporate bodies, private individuals, cooperative societies, institutions and companies.

Royal Ceramics

For more than 40 years Royal ceramics aims to be different. We are constantly striving to put forth the very best product. We offer the unique European aesthetic to homeowners and developers with most of our selection imported directly from Spain and Italy. When it comes to commercial or residential projects, we’ve got you covered. Our sales team will help you use your budget efficiently to reach your design goals while providing all the technical assistance you need. Primarily, we are a distributor of ceramic and porcelain tiles but we also offer plumbing accessories, kitchen cabinets, wood flooring, kitchen countertops, and bathroom vanities.

Brains & Hammers

In just over 10 years, Brains & Hammers has become one of the fastest growing real estate firms in Nigeria with a focus on the mid luxury range. By maintaining control throughout the design and construction process, we ensure that each of our residences is built to the highest quality standards. Established in 2006, Brains and Hammers Limited has gained reputation as one of the leading real estate and infrastructure development company in Nigeria. Year after year, we continue to provide housing solutions that appeal to customers’ needs for a wide range of market segments. We boast of some of the brightest minds in the industry and ensure continuous improvement as our organizational culture, structure, and operational strategies align to support and fulfill our business objective of customer satisfaction.


Cosgrove Investment Limited is a real estate development and general construction company focused on offering top quality housing solutions for specific markets in Nigeria and West Africa. They focus on delivering tailored services with a level of professionalism and reliability equal to the best international developments. The Cosgrove core team consists of highly respected individuals with years of experience and a solid reputation built on professionalism, integrity, and commitment to delivering value for all stakeholders. At the heart of Cosgrove is a deep commitment to delivering a seamless and straightforward experience for each and every Cosgrove customer. We believe this is essential to positioning the Cosgrove brand as a true leader and innovator in its market segment.

Family Homes Funds

Family Homes Funds is a partnership between the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority as founding shareholders. The Fund is the largest affordable housing-focused fund in Sub-Sahara Africa, leveraging its significant capital (in excess of N500 billion by 2023) to facilitate access to affordable housing for millions of Nigerians on low to medium income groups. Through strategic partnerships with various players in the sector and some of the world’s main Development Finance Institutions, the Fund has an ambitious commitment to facilitate and supply 500,000 homes and 1.5million jobs for the low income earners by 2023. So far, the fund has been able to deliver mass housing for low income earners in the six geopolitical zones and in states like Nasarawa, Borno, Kaduna, Ogun, Delta and many more.

Mixta Africa

Founded in April 2005, Mixta Africa is Europe’s first-mover and active player in the fast growing African Real Estate sector. With offices in Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Mauritania and projects in Algeria and Egypt, we have a mission of to create value for our clients by delivering innovative solutions. In 2015, Mixta Africa was acquired by Asset & Resource Management Company (ARM), an established asset management company headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria with circa US$3.5 billion under management. Mixta has more than 109 experienced professionals and subsidiaries in 6 countries. Mixta Africa has identified a new market, Ethiopia to enter in a short term. Other countries such as Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe could be tackled in a second phase in order to continue expansion and the delivery of Mixta’s Africa vision.

Shelter Afrique

Shelter Afrique is the only pan-African finance institution that exclusively supports the development of the housing and real estate sector in Africa. By meeting the needs of the continent’s rapidly growing urban population, our work has a direct and positive impact on the lives of many. A partnership of 44 African Governments, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Africa Reinsurance Company, Shelter Afrique builds strategic partnerships and offers a host of products and related services to support the efficient delivery of affordable housing and commercial real estate. These include project finance, institutional lending, equity investments & joint ventures, trade finance, and social housing. We also offer practical advice and technical assistance to a wide range of industry stakeholders.

American Home Builders of West Africa AUHF

American Home Builders of West Africa AUHF is a different kind of homebuilder that prioritizes quality construction and exceptional service for their clients in West Africa region. For American Home Builders of West Africa, architecture isn’t only about shelter and a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think. Wherever you are – Africa, United States, Europe, or anywhere in the world – AUHF team is ready to help.

Affordable Housing Institute

AHI is an impact consultancy that specializes in affordable housing policy, finance, and development around the world. We work with pro-poor innovators to address systemic obstacles to affordable housing. Our clients include key actors in housing, such as governments, lenders, developers, development finance institutions, philanthropies, and community organizations. We contribute expert advice, capital, and research to global housing issues. Headquartered in Boston, MA, with offices in Paris and Rabat, AHI has a project portfolio and associate network spanning over 50 countries worldwide.

Ogun State Property & Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Ogun State Property & Investment Corporation (OPIC) is a statutory corporation with a focus on the development of residential, commercial and industrial real estate hubs and new cities in Nigeria. OPIC was established by Edict 10 of 1984 laws of Ogun State, Nigeria and by its mandate, it is empowered to create new towns and cities across Ogun state and beyond. Our development pipeline of finished and upcoming developments vary across locations and are designed to meet international standards. As a result of our expertise and robust balance sheet, we have built a diverse portfolio of urban developments in both the residential and commercial sectors in Lagos and Ogun states. Our services includes Development of Residential Communities, Development of Commercial and Industrial Hubs, Development of Commercial Property Assets, Mortgage Advisory/Developer Loans, Real Estate Brokerage Services, Letting and Leasing Services.

Dangote Cement

Dangote Cement Plc is a Nigerian multinational publicly traded cement manufacturer headquartered in Lagos. The company is engaged in the manufacture, preparation, import, packaging, and distribution of cement and related products in Nigeria and has plants or import terminals in 9 other African countries. Dangote Cement Plc was formerly known as Obajana Cement Plc and changed its name to Dangote Cement Plc in July 2010. Obajana Cement Plc was incorporated in 1992. Dangote Cement Plc is a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited and is the largest company traded on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Dangote Cement listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in October 2010 and as at August 13, 2014 accounts for 20% of the total market capitalization of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Aliko Dangote has invested US$6.5 billion into the company between 2007 and 2012. Cement accounted for roughly 80 percent of Dangote Group’s business as of 2011.


As a market leader, Nigerite offers total roofing, ceiling, walling, cladding, flooring and Integrated Building Solutions. We are the only Nigerian building manufacturing company that offers full complementary installation and maintenance services. For our company, at over fifty-nine years, we are on the upswing and we continuously improve our product offerings and building component solutions by providing world-class building materials and by ensuring best-practices in products and service deliveries to our consumers, leveraging on our leadership position and our continuous Research and Development activities around the world.

Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank

For over a decade, the registered trademark – Infinity Homes – has remained a true reflection of unalloyed commitment towards providing Nigerians with endless opportunities through affordable home ownership. Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank offers different types of mortgage products with flexible terms. These products, which are specially designed to meet the need of their customers have greatly led to the provision of affordable homes to many.

Copen Group

Copen Services Limited is a well – articulated and organised firm with diversified interests in Real Estate, Construction, Services and Consultancy. Copen Services Limited is the fruit of the desire of a number of young, honest, knowledgeable and experienced professionals, with over 20 years cognate, post – graduation / practical experience in public and private service, to pool together their resources for the service of humanity. It was incorporated in January 1992, and started full operations in July 1995. From the modest beginning as a small outfit Copen Services Limited has grown in these few years into a large Real Estate Development and multi disciplinary company. The company currently has management and senior staff strength of 20. Available to us also, is the full complement of equipment needed to perform any Building or Engineering construction work. This has positioned the company to undertake projects of diverse nature and complexity.

AFP Furniture (Julius Berger)

AFP, the furniture production facility of Julius Berger, offers a full line of high quality furniture made in Nigeria, utilizing modern techniques and processes. Whether for a large turnkey project or a personal living space, AFP delivers customized interior design solutions for even the most challenging requirements. Julius Berger Nigeria Plc (Julius Berger) is a leading construction company offering integrated solutions and related services. Julius Berger specializes in executing complex works that require the highest level of technical expertise and Nigeria-specific knowhow.

Wiser Estate
Incorporated with CAC in 2012, RC No 1066049, Wiser Estates and Investments Ltd. is one of the fastest growing and market movers in Nigeria’s estates development industry. We are developers of WISER ESTATES, an acronym that symbolizes the corporate nomenclature. Our primary aim is to provide Affordable Luxury Homes to our numerous valued and esteemed clients in Nigeria and the diaspora by acquiring suitable lands, designing and building aesthetic and functional houses. Our credo is “VEL PRIMUS, VEL COMPRIMUS”- Be the best or always be with the best is a testimony of our products and services and quest/thirst to maintain and sustain international best practices and standards in the industry. Thus, we attach high premium to building laws, rules and regulations, specification and details. Our professional TEAM resilience and commitment to work, assures our client of the three (3) estate Construction Rights.

IFC Edge Building

An innovation of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, EDGE makes it faster, easier and more affordable than ever before to build and brand green. EDGE reveals the systems and solutions that work best for your climate, bringing international cachet to your certified project without losing the local context. Meet the growing expectations of your customers by creating value and positively impacting their lives, resulting in greater profitability and a healthier environment for all. Through bringing together those who design, develop, finance, incentivize, and live and work in green buildings, EDGE unlocks collaboration and provides a new paradigm for the future. Together we can create green buildings for a smarter world.

The Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC)

The Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) is a private sector-driven mortgage refinancing company with the public purpose of promoting home ownership for Nigerians while deepening the primary and secondary mortgage markets. Its vision is to be the dominant housing partner in Nigeria, with a mission to break down barriers to home ownership by providing liquidity, affordability, accessibility and stability to the housing market in Nigeria. NMRC raises long term funds from the capital market, to enhance access to affordable housing finance in Nigeria. NMRC was incorporated on 24th June 2013 and obtained its final operating license from the Central Bank of Nigeria on 18th February 2015. In July 2015, NMRC successfully issued a 15-year N8 billion Series 1 Bond under its N140 billion medium term Note Programme, backed by an unconditional Federal Government of Nigeria guarantee. This is being deployed to the refinancing of the mortgage portfolio of member Primary Mortgage Banks (PMBs).

Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN

Operating a viable, robust and dynamic secondary mortgage institution able to meet the challenges of developing the nation’s mortgage industry and to supply the mortgage markets with sustainable liquidity for the advancement of home ownership among Nigerians anchored on mortgage financing. As spelt out in our ENABLING ACT and other related legislations, FMBN functions include to: Provide long-term credit facilities to mortgage institutions in Nigeria. Encourage the emergence and promote the growth of viable primary and secondary mortgage institutions to service the need of housing delivery in all parts of Nigeria. Mobilizing both domestic and offshore funds into the housing sector. Link the capital market with the housing industry. Establish and operate a viable secondary mortgage market. Collect and administer the National Housing Fund in accordance with the provisions of the NHF Act. Do anything and enter into any transaction which in the opinion of the Board is necessary to ensure the proper performance of its functions under the FMBN Act.

Niger State Housing Corporation

The corporation was established by an Edicts of Niger State in 1979, the Edict is known as No. 5 of 1979 and was amended in 1989. Section 6 of the Edict provides that the Corporation shall increase the housing stock in the State so far as its resources permit for the use or acquisition by the general republic. The Corporation’s Vision is “to make the housing sector one of the top contributors to the growth of Niger State economy”. The Mission is “to provide decent and affordable houses to the generality of Nigerlites”. The Corporation’s objective is to increase housing stock in the State through Government funding and/or partnership with person’s/organization. Unless the mortgage or charge is in favor of the Corporation; m) Establish a saving scheme for the purpose of utilizing the funds for granting long term loans to the general public for the purchase and construction of house; n) Manage and control the Niger State Government Staff Housing loan scheme. The corporation shall in any case, before exercising the powers referred to in paragraph (g) of sub-section 1, obtain the approval of the Governor.

Big homes

Big Homes Ltd is one of the fastest growing real estate in Abuja, Nigeria. The Big Homes brand is poised to reinvent the real estate market through its affordable, luxury mini estates. Big Homes is focused on business priorities; affordability, exclusivity, luxury, flexibility and quick delivery. These priorities helps us achieve our vision of attaining sustainable growth, value creation and customer satisfaction. Our core focus is customer satisfaction, in attaining this, all Big Homes projects are imbedded with the following features; Timely Delivery within 6 to 12 months. Flexible payment plan, Requisite infrastructure

Norton Industries Limited

Offering a diverse portfolio of finely crafted wood ceiling and wall designs, Norton joins CertainTeed’s architectural specialty ceilings portfolio along with Decoustics and Hunter Douglas Ceilings & Walls. Norton Industries manufacturer of architectural ceiling products. We pride ourselves as being the oldest leading manufacturer of commercial architectural wood ceiling and wood wall systems in the USA. We started out in 1967 and continue to lead the industry today. Fresh ideas and innovations, such as our patented Twist Clip (US Patent #8,549,810), have always been a part of the Norton Industries philosophy. Our unparalleled staff of dedicated architects, project managers and ceiling engineers seamlessly manage the complex details of every project to ensure the most efficient and smooth installation, from the project’s inception to its completion.

First Generation Mortgage Bank [FGMB]

First Generation Mortgage Bank [FGMB] Limited is a Primary Mortgage Institution incorporated by the Corporate Affairs Commission in 1992 (No. 207155) and licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria in 1989 to carry out mortgage banking in Nigeria. It originally existed as Perennial Savings and Loans Ltd and was changed to First Generation Homes (Savings and Loans) Ltd. in 2004. The name of the Bank was further changed to First Generation Mortgage Bank Ltd in 2012 in line with changing trends.

Efab Properties Limited

Efab Properties Limited is a foremost Estate Developer with its base in Abuja and have extended services to various states within the country, e.g Delta State and Anambra State to mention a few. Our focus is promoting “A family, A roof” over the thirty six (36) states of the country. Paramount in our mind at Efab is an intense desire to reach out with the totality of our know-how in real estate and solve the housing needs of all classes of Nigerians in a responsible manner, befitting a responsible entity.

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) is a body established by the Act of the National Assembly of Nigeria in July 2010 with an intended 10 years lifespan. The concept is in consonance with the operation of the National Asset Management Agency of the Republic of Ireland and Malaysia Pengurusan Danaharta. The body acted as the buyer of banks for the Nigerian Government by acquiring the non-performing loans (NPL). The original book value of the acquired NPLs was ₦4.02trillion at a price of ₦1.76trillion with a commensurate issue of Zero Bond for the NPL acquired.

Solartime Electric Limited

Solartime Electric Limited is a Nigerian engineering company in the business of design, installation and maintenance of renewable electric energy systems. We are the Nigerian Dealer/Authorised Service Centre for Schneider Electric (Renewables) France, a world leader in the manufacture of domestic and medium range inverters and power electronics systems and also the Dealer and Authorized Service Centre in West Africa for XZERES Wind Corp (XZERES) Oregon USA (, a world leaders in the small & medium wind industry.

Realty Point Limited

Realty Point Limited (RC 621592) is a dynamic multifaceted Pan-African real estate going concern primarily involved on the supply side of the industry with strong presence in REAL ESTATE Development, Investment, Publishing, Training / Consultancy and Marketing Syndications.


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By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

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