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Ebuka Obi-Uchendu spoke to the entrepreneurs of Nuts About CakesNike Majekodunmi and Ada Osakwe of Nuli Juice in the episode ‘Focus on Demolitions in Lagos’.

The two business owners had their stores broken down last week on Rumens Road in Ikoyi, Lagos. They stated it was without prior warning, but the Lagos state government has contradicted this claim, saying the owner was served a notice, as well as tenants.

Watch the videos of Part 1 and 2 to hear their side of the story.

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40 Comments

  1. M

    September 6, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    At least they have vindicated government no matter how bad the lack of empath y they think they showed. Your landlord is the fraud and you guys, careless. pls accept the fact! SUE him and ensure damages till date in cash flow and next time please go direct to the source and double check. This is Nigeria . you will all be fine, poorer people with no connections have seen worse.

  2. Damilola

    September 6, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I understand, the federal and local government MAY be doing their job. But it’s also unfair because the government only do their job when it’s not affecting them directly. I’m sure there are other illegal businesses connected to the government but want to go after the underdogs. I believe there’s more to it than the government doing their job. If they want to genuinely do their job they should start from where the real corruption and illegal businesses lie which is among them. I hate how the poor, regular Nigerians suffer the most. It’s absurd that it’s during this recession time they choose to start destroying private businesses in the name of being “illegal”. Where were they all this time?
    Nigerian government know how to kill the spirit of their people.
    They don’t give room to regular entrepreneurs to flourish.

    • sad

      September 6, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      The government should remember that their job is to SERVE the people, not LORD over them. As they triage the task that they implement, what amount of community feedback do they consider? Do they hold townhalls to understand the most immediate needs of their people before allocating funds to carry out these policies? Ada mentioned the fact that these tractors/bulldozers are desperately needed to clear farms, and yet the government deems it priority to use it for destroying structures instead….

    • tunmi

      September 6, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      What if they were tackling corruption at this level? Those buildings were standing for a long time, what if bribes were the reason they stood for so long? I feel bad for them and as much as it saddens me we have to be honest. This corruption fight is going to affect all of us but it needs to be done.

    • Damilola

      September 6, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      I see where you are coming from. But until I see a fair game in this corruption fight, that’s when I will truly believe they are fighting corruption genuinely not just going after people they don’t like them or ones that opposes Buhari.

    • Jade

      September 6, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      I agree. I think there’s more to this sudden demolition. The government gives no option, another opportunity just come and destroy your hard work like that. And they know these entrepreneurs can’t do much. I don tire for naija. That’s why I don’t visit naija websites as much anymore, everything coming out of that country is saddening. Buhari and his sycophants crew are very out of touch.

    • DEF

      September 6, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      I am a customer of Nuli foods and Nuts about cakes. I buy cold pressed juice (the simple life) from Nuli Juice and Tuna sandwich from Nuts about cakes them almost every day. The truth is that the demolished structure is illegal. Earlier this year, I noticed that there was the red X on the structure while it was being built. Also, everyone who lives in that area cannot claim to have wondered at some point if those structures were legal. It is WRONG to build rows of shops everywhere. I sympathize with the business owners because of their financial and emotional investments in their venture. However, if they claim that they have not ever thought about the legality of those structures, they are simply being dishonest. The structures stuck out as misplaced. How can you add rows of shops to a house in Ikoyi?
      We must learn how to respect the laws of our country. Impunity starts with individuals before they get to government. If you attempt to do business in an obviously illegal location, what will you do if you get into government with a lot of power and influence.

    • Seriously

      September 7, 2016 at 1:58 am

      It’s good to hear from an actual person based in Nigeria who is familiar with the building. I sympathize with these owners but the government needs to put things in order. This should be a wake up call for everybody, government make it clear what’s legal and what’s not, landlords do not mislead your tenants and tenants know what you are getting yourself into beforehand.

    • slice

      September 7, 2016 at 11:49 am

      You can build rows of shops infront of houses t. Ive seen it everywhere ive been to in this world.

  3. triad

    September 6, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    The landlord totally deceived these hardworking entrepreneurs, when he told them the “X” on the building had been sorted out, and then went ahead to collect rent from them. He kept them in the dark all along. As for the government, they should have at least given the tenants the opportunity to remove some of their stuff

    • sad

      September 6, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      it’s interesting. nike even made a comment about having paid dues to the government. how does the government respond to receiving payments for an illegal structure? much less one that they have already marked for destruction and for which they have notified all concerned parties?

    • tunmi

      September 6, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Because it probably falls under a different department. That’s also another thing to tackle. Is their database centralized where even if you are in revenue, it is identified that this particular location is registered at an illegal site?

      Here in the US all businesses are mandated to post a legal notice stating that the state has authorized that business to do business in the state. My aunt used to run a small store in a large shopping center, a thrift store. The building that housed both the thrift store and small stalls had to have its occupancy notice in an easily noticeable place. And my aunt had to have her “legal to do business” in a noticeable place as well. Now I’m not sure how the information is stored on government databases but those are some ways to help verify legality.

    • Tosin

      September 7, 2016 at 11:05 am

      if there are issues to tackle then do not demolish the building. i don’t think people understand how barbaric, cruel and unwarranted it is to destroy property. Sue and sue and sue.
      That would be like NEPA (whatever they’re called) coming to destroy my lightbulbs because I owe electric bills. Or like the women that cut off their man’s something because he took it somewhere they don’t like. NO. It is not acceptable. King Solomon in the Bible did not kill the baby or shoot one of the mothers, he asked questions and gave the baby to the highest valuing owner. This is the purpose of the law.

    • Jade

      September 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      The landlord should be sued but that’s long story for the gods. The justice system in Naija is a failed one. These entrepreneurs will end up with a bigger loss.

    • Tosin

      September 7, 2016 at 11:06 am

      and all the people trying to shift the blame to the landlords are ridiculous. the landlord did not destroy the property, the parties that destroyed the property should be held liable.

  4. nene

    September 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    the landlords have questions to answer

  5. sad

    September 6, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    very well-spoken young ladies. It is sad that neither of them feel empowered to demand answers. every time ebuka asked them if they would challenge their landlord or the government, they seemed to shy away from the question

  6. kate

    September 6, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    If anything i think they should have learnt to insure, insure, insure…. renters insurance would protect you from such things. The government really has no business with the tenants. Their case is with the landlord and it is an unfortunate event.

  7. Worldofideas

    September 6, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Why could they not seal up the first first. ??? Then give the owners 3 days to vacate their stuff before the bulldoze the property.

  8. presh

    September 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    I taught the the government said something about demolishing two roundabouts on the lekki epe road, why didnt they start from there first. i really do feel for these ladies. i use rumens road all the time and i kept admiring nuli juice , wishing it was mine . the decor was great.

  9. DayoI

    September 6, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I have issues with every sector in Nigeria at the moment. Of the many things I can mention, there is no organisation, no transparency and no communication between or within them, and to the general public.

    If truly the landlord was served notice, why did they not inform their tenants? and if truly the landlords did not get any notification, why didn’t they? Who is to blame here? (as much as I really dislike using the word ‘blame’.

    I agree that the manner in which this happened was absurd, but I will say that unfortunately, Nigerian organisations have always found it difficult to strike a balance. They either do not effectively carry out their roles, or they do it in a ghastly manner.
    This is a mentality/culture that will take a while to change even if some individuals within that organisation have already.

  10. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    September 6, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    The owners of these businesses should be compensated.

  11. Abeg joor

    September 6, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Notice comes with an evidence abi.Let them outline the names of all the landlords they gave notice and those landlords that warned their clients, let them all open up their mess. All this because some elite business owners are affected This is just stupidly hilarious May God make it easy for all those market women and men with all their sweat trying to make a living and not getting any notice. We see them crying on television screen and just exclaim eyya. Now see una. Mtchewwwwwww

  12. KIMONO

    September 6, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Sai Change!

  13. Weezy

    September 6, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    These interviews are important. Even if they represent the privileged, it is important for people to know how hostile the government can be to its citizens. It is just not normal for a government to demolish a place of business without taking the people affected to court or serving them with written notice multiple times. The tenants are supposed to be served several times.

    While I don’t think people should be donating money to help a business, there is an opening here for collective action/advocacy. Like someone mentioned in another post, small business owners need to form an association and start advocating for their rights.

    • slice

      September 6, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      You’re on to something. A class action lawsuit suit might be the answer. Could even get a new attorney with no job and who only collects if they win

  14. tunmi

    September 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I spoke with my mum who works as a civil servant in Lagos state. The procedure is that both tenants and land owners are notified and on three separate occasions. Now she thinks that the issue here is….. Corruption. It could be the case that the landlord went to the govt office to resolve it and some civil servant (again we keep ignoring these people exist) told him to pay something to take care of it. It very well could be the case of money exchanging hands to keep the issue under wraps. It seems we are so focused on the folks at the top that we aren’t looking at the people in between. What methods are there to catch the middle-folks?

    • Muse

      September 6, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Blessings dear, much blessings, you’ve said it all, we scream Corruption to the high heavens, we scream wickedness, but it’s Nigerians that carries out these acts, not Chinese or Ghanians. If those soldiers were kind hearted, they should have given them at least an hour to take out some stuffs, but No, they’ll rather act rashly. Three generations would have to pass before the corruption in our system is purged out.

  15. Kolllington

    September 6, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Arab Spring comes to mind. Those who fail to pay attention to history always learn the hard. The Govt will have it handed to them by the angry masses some day!

  16. tunmi

    September 6, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Just read on Twitter @nulijuice “#ForTheRecord We were told it was because landlord had no commercial permit.But tenants have rights and they must be informed by all parties”

    and also ubernigeria is partnering to deliver Nuli items between 8am and 11am on Thursday via the UberNuli option on the Uber app (in Nigeria)

    • fee

      September 6, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Was excited when i saw the mail from Uber…then i scrolled down and saw the cost for N2000. its all good, we shall support!!

  17. Owl

    September 6, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    The government should have informed the tenants/occupants of the building and not leave it to the landlord!!!!

  18. [email protected]

    September 6, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Huge fans of both businesses, however it dosent make it right to build or operate a business in an illegal place. It also appears from the interviews that they were aware, at least nuts about cakes admitted to seeing an X marked on the building and also from their reluctance to sue or pursue legal action means that they were aware. or at least asssuming some negligence. However I am onboard with clear notice to tenants, however this will still not have changed the cause of action or the demolition

    • Smart bot

      September 21, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      In the case of nuts about cakes,she saw the x mark and told her landlord about it. Who later assured her that the case had been sorted out. So what more could she have really done? I just feel the government and landlords need to be more transparent in their dealings.

  19. artklub

    September 6, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    So they destroyed 6 Stores including a dance studio? di THUNDA dat will FIRE U LSG!!! Useless amimals!

  20. Mo

    September 6, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Good interview, the ladies spoke well and I admire their strength and tenacity, it shows that they are women of substance. As Ada said, it’s important they are speaking out on behalf of those who can’t. The landlord has a lot of questions to answer, and the government should have handled it more humanely.

  21. DAME

    September 7, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I am just miffed about the amount the tenants would have lost as they must have paid their rents in advance . I really look forward to when rents are collected monthly.
    I remember the case of 1004 estate and so many other cases where the tenants were left without options.it is well people.
    But the government is really terrible….you see a building for so long , you should take pains as an human being to at publish in the papers at least.
    Same with this blasted AMAC in Abuja…u see a building coming up..officials would pass daily…noone would mention its illegal. The moment they paint and move into the building…you demolish it….the hell waiting for you is a different kind walahi

  22. ohatr

    September 7, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    theyre both so well spoken

  23. franny

    September 8, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    As small business owners, do they have business insurance?. at least if they did, I don’t think things will be as bad as this. Nigeria is just not it in so many ways….both landlords, government, everyone…. only God can intervene in this nation. All in all, I think the Landlord has a lot of questions to answer. They’ll rise again!

  24. TRUTH

    October 4, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Educated yet STUPID Women!!!!! People in Ikoyi know that’s an illegal building. You see an X and don’t carry your asses to Lagos State. Ada spent the 1st couple of minutes promoting Nuli! Bullshit propaganda!

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