why AIHS is Africa's Best housing Event

Shelter Afrique Partners AIHS to Co-host 14th Edition

Africa’s biggest housing and construction show – Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) has reached a strategic partnership agreement with Shelter Afrique – Africa’s foremost finance institution offering exclusive support to the housing sector through financing and advisory, creating outstanding impact by meeting the needs of the continent’s rapidly growing urban population.

The partnership between the two significant organisations in Africa’s housing environment is to harness the latent potentials in the sector to create more opportunities for collaboration among stakeholders and the delivery of affordable housing for all.

According to the MD and CEO of AIHS, Festus Adebayo it is imperative for the two leading institutions to forge a strategic partnership that will bring continental players in the industry together to fashion a deliberate roadmap for achieving common goals, which is affordable housing and advocacy.

The partnership, he said, will expand collaboration and idea exchange between industry leaders across Africa, fostering growth opportunities in affordable housing finance, policy development and implementation.

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The partnership will see Shelter Afrique mobilise African and global institutions, CEOs and speakers to be a part of AIHS and contribute to the ongoing conversations and activities geared towards the financing of affordable housing in Africa.

Adebayo said AIHS is partnering with Shelter Afrique because they acknowledge the significant approaches adopted by Shelter Afrique in achieving their goals and objectives, building strategic partnerships and inspiring hope for the continent just like AIHS.

The Abuja International Housing Show will hold its 14th edition in 2020. For over a decade the show has become the choice destination for all ranking players and corporations in the industry to learn, network and exhibit innovative products.

Home seekers usually rely on the show to access the multiple home ownership opportunities in the market and make their choices. This partnership will only extend the frontiers of already sustained success stories.

Why AIHS is Africa’s Best Housing Event

Running for over 14 years, the Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) has proven itself as not just the biggest, but the best housing event in Africa. Offering opportunities for people to own their own homes and….

The Abuja International Housing Show is the answer to global need for a platform where important stakeholders all over the world can meet to deliberate on emerging and lingering housing and construction issues, proffer solutions, network, exhibit and introduce latest innovations to the market through sales and promotion.

The show has been endorsed by governments and private sector leaders as an ideal platform to discuss the recent advances and research results in the fields of Housing and all related areas such as architecture, policy studies, education, interior architecture, city planning and urban studies, social sciences etc.

Abuja International Housing Show brings together leading housing patrons, CEOs, academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Affordable Housing and Construction. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, housing practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Housing and Construction.

The hugely popular conference and exhibition show returns for its 14th year from 21st to 25th July 2020 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria.

The Event looks at the roles and opportunities for all players in the housing market, including Investors, Developers, Local Authorities, Housing Associations and their related advisers, whilst networking with the leading professionals in Housing from across the world. Much is happening currently, with the sector evolving rapidly, and lots of opportunities are emerging as a result.

The Conference allows all stakeholders to understand how the Public and Housing Association Sectors can work together to deliver Housing and how Private and Public Investment is a growing opportunity area.

AIHS is an ever sold out show that gives international participants the chance to be fully updated on what is going on, accumulate some experience and network with the leading figures in the industry.

Over 30 speakers from at least 15 countries will be speaking at this year’s event. The speakers who are drawn from reputable institutions like mortgage banks, real estate companies, housing regulatory agencies, construction companies, housing finance firms etc. and from various countries including USA, UK, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, India, China, UAE, Ghana, Rwanda etc. will speak on this year’s theme which is; ‘’Driving Sustainable Housing Finance Models in the Midst of Global Uncertainty.’’

Top among the international guest list at this year’s edition includes, Lew Shulman, the CEO and Chairman of The Board, iBUILD Global Incorporated, USA; Debra Erb, Managing Director of Housing Programs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Kecia Rust, Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF); Anders Lindquist, Founder and President, Business Development at EchoStone housing; Robert Hornsby, CEO of American Homebuilders of West Africa (AHWA); Olivia Caldwell, Principal at the Affordable Housing Institute (AHI); Mounia Tagma, Regional Manager, Affordable Housing Institute, Morocco; Andrew Chimphondah, MD of Shelter Afrique, and many more.

Foreign ministers of works and housing like Samuel Atta Akyea from Ghana and others from countries like Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and many more have confirmed participation for this year’s event. This delegation also includes international diplomats and high commissioners representing governments and international organisations. These high level participants will hope to adapt whatever resolutions that had been agreed upon at the show in their respective countries and organisations for the advancement of housing and construction initiatives.

The show will also host international exhibitors of housing and construction wares, affordable mortgage, building construction materials, home interior decorations, home and office furniture, roofing sheets, blinds, tiles, mixing and interlocking machines, paints, home lighting, cement and many more innovations in the global industry.

International contractors, investors, developers and mortgage banks will also participate at the show to favourably compete in an atmosphere of excellence, innovation and creativity where bargains are very affordable for the buyers.

High level sessions like the CEOs Forum, Housing Finance Conference and Stakeholders Panels, among others will dominate this year’s show with the mandate of establishing realisable goals and objectives for housing development.

Among other things, the show provides opportunities for networking, home ownership, professional development and policy development for the housing sector.

With over 40, 000 participants and 400 + exhibitors, the importance of AIHS cannot be overemphasised as it is always attended by top dignitaries including Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo who leads a strong delegation of top public officials, governors, ministers, legislators, commissioners, all housing and construction association leaders and private sector CEOs to declare the event open.

Why AIHS Has Become International Investors Destination to Nigeria

To the most ardent built industry stalwarts, it comes with little surprise that Abuja International Housing Show has become a destination haven for international investors to Nigeria and some of the reasons are not so far fetched.

The Abuja International Housing Show has been on a winning streak, delivering first class events and showcase and will mark its 14th season this year billed for the 21st – 25th July, 2020. A run which is considered no small feat, in an industry where hosting high caliber events have experienced showing inconsistencies from majority of conveners as a result of diverse challenges. The show’s long standing presence in showcasing players, products and services within the Nigerian built industry terrain and across international markets, makes it a go to source for all things housing and construction by local players and international investors alike.

The fact that the Abuja International Housing Show has been discerning to maintain a consistent streak in its ability to convene the top grass across the political and government landscape including the current administration’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, the past Senate President, ministers and members of various facets of legislature to its events, as the Nigerian government accounts for over 60% of construction industry market share, as an opportunity for investors and players to create connections with the highest level of decision makers and policy influencers.

Another reason for the high tempo of attractiveness of the Abuja International Housing Show to international investors is that working in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Housing and Federal Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory as co-hosts has been deemed most important to its organisers since inception, ensuring greater leverage is achieved for Abuja municipality, the national housing market and for all partners. A move which is both economically and socially viable to prospective investors.

The Show, which has become the melting pot for all professional bodies within the housing sector, embraced as the most prolific industry event which allows multidisciplinary stakeholders meet under one roof to discuss diverse issues, not excluding fairer, more seamless interactions and collaborations across the built industry value chain.

The strategic positioning of the Abuja International Housing Show has drawn the biggest global agencies, multinationals, manufacturers, government agencies and housing corporations from around the world, Africa and locally. With organisations such as the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company, World Bank IFC, Julius Berger, Royal Engineering, CDK, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria, Urban Shelter, Brains and Hammers and a host of others, strategically maintaining partnership with the brand on an annual basis, with new show partners signing up each year.

With a pivotal understanding to champion change and the adoption of innovative policies to bring about much needed transformation within the sector, the Abuja International Housing Show introduced the first ever CEO Forum and conferences which serves as a platform for the congregation of top CEOs and game changers from across world class organisations including the United Nations, World Bank, Africa Development Bank, OPIC America etc to share papers and rub minds with local leaders within a host of plenary sessions, realising resolutions which shape the future of the sector in Nigeria. These sessions have birth one of the sector’s foremost advocacy platform, Housing Development Advocacy Network, hosting most of the CEOs working together to drive healthy policy for lasting development.

The Abuja International Housing Show exhibitions have proven to be a good investment for its exhibitors with over 80% returning as a result of deals and partnerships garnered during the four day display. An outcome bolstered by the show’s hosting capacity within the elite International Conference Centre, offering full scale security while drawing an average of 15000 exhibitions attendees to its exhibitors showcase, offering massive exposure to both local and international participants.

Strong media alliances inclusive of the show’s co-owned collaterals such as the Housing Development TV on both local and international platforms exciting over 5 million viewership across AIT, TVC and NTA and Housing Program on Ray Power 100.5fm, and its online platform, Africahousingnews.com, combined with major newspapers and local electronic news stations make it a veritable option for the promotion of products or partnership opportunities for international investors.

International investors from the United States of America, Britain, China, Turkey, Canada, UAE, India, Italy etc continue to engage annually at AIHS events while prospective investors envisioning to make impact on the Nigerian built industry are sure to achieve objectives in beneficial ways.

Moroccan Ambassador pledges support for 14th AIHS

Morocco’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Moha Ou Ali Tagma has pledged the support of his embassy in ensuring the participation of Moroccan government officials especially the Moroccan Minister of Housing at the 14th edition of the Abuja International Housing Show as its provides an opportunity to foster the relationship between the two countries.

The ambassador stated this while receiving the management staff of Fesadeb Media Group led by its Chief Executive Officer, Barr. Festus Adebayo, who paid him a courtesy call at the Moroccan embassy in Abuja.

The objective of the visit was to seek a mutually beneficial partnership with the Embassy towards a successful 14th AIHS billed for July 21st to 25th at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.


Tagma added that the Abuja International Housing Show provides the needed platform for stakeholders in the housing sector in Africa to share their experience on how to reduce the huge housing deficit as well as provision of affordable housing on the continent.

He lauded the Abuja International Housing Show for its pivotal role in bringing together stakeholders in the housing sector to discuss ways of reducing housing deficit in Africa.

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Speaking earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of Fesadeb Media Group, Barr. Festus Adebayo said the essence of the visit was to engage the embassy officially to facilitate the participation of the Moroccan government at the 14th Abuja International Housing Show.

He said Morocco is doing very well in the area of housing, adding that the organizers of the Show are interested in the Moroccan Housing Minister and other heads of agencies in the sector sharing their country’s experience in providing affordable housing for their citizens.


Adebayo said the 14th edition of the Show is being organized in collaboration with Shelter Afrique and will serve as a credible platform for African countries to find solutions to the housing problem and take millions of Africans out of slums.

Abuja International Housing Show is Africa’s biggest housing and construction expo. It is a forum that brings together all real estate, mortgage, home interior, affordable housing, and construction stakeholders from public and private sector to discuss and display sector trends. Since 2005, the Show has offered real estate stakeholders an invaluable platform for networking, meeting investors and visitors who have a buying capability – face to face and sealing deals.