The children of former minister and late politician, Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe have turned his home in Yaba, Lagos to a luxurious hotel and tourist centre.
This move was made known by the ex-minister’s children led by his first son, former Nigerian ambassador to the Republic of Congo and a legal practitioner, Greg Ozumba Mbadiwe MFR.
Greg also said that the move is in live with his father’s dream as well as the quest to set a new standard in hospitality industry and tourism in Lagos State and Nigeria at large.
“My venture into hospitality business is to make the dream of my father a reality. My late father wanted to build a hotel in our hometown before his death, but the project is still awaiting attention right now. Also, having partnered with some Congolese to set up a relaxation, Brassaville Beach Hotel, I felt it is important to boast boast the hospitality and tourism of my country too with this initiative,” Greg Ozumba Mbadiwe said.
Late Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe’s home turns into King Celia Hotel
(King Celia Hotel)
Speaking further, he said: “My siblings and I thought of immortalising our parents in our father’s first house located at Yaba where he participated fully in Nigerian politics and the pedigree of this house is such was that he donated part of the house to the national party, NPN then in 1979. It would interest you to know that Alhaji Shehu Shagari lived in this house.
“I also grew up in this house. Yaba was the end of Western region then and the beginning of Lagos. We decided to reconstruct the house to a hotel and tourist centre in memory of our parents, Kingsley and Cecilia Mbadiwe and also to complement the efforts of Lagos and Nigeria for honouring our dad,” he revealed.
Named King Celia Hotel, the hospitality outfit with 50 luxurious rooms has been handed over to Hassan Fawaz, a renowned hospitality business expert to manage for the Mbadiwes.