King’s Celia: Where History Meets Hospitality


By FRANCIS OGBONNA

Diplomat, Politician, lawyer and Hotelier, Ambassador Greg Mbadiwe (MFR) recently extended the frontiers of his hospitality business with the grand opening of King’s Celia luxury Hotel, at the heart of Lagos.

The hotel, a 2-floor facility boasts of 50 luxury rooms ranging from standard; deluxe to executive rooms and suites. It is fully equipped with other state-of-the-art facilities including a well-designed parking space, 24-hour electricity, as well as internet facility. For recreation, the hotel has a swimming pool, gymnasium, onsite bar and restaurant, conference room and a standard event center.

Also, it is situated just five minutes away from the Ozone Cinemas, and easily accessible to the business districts of Lagos such as Ikeja, Victoria Island and Lekki.

However, what makes King’s Celia unique is not its ultra-modern offerings but the fact that the structure has an amazing pedigree.  


According to the former Ambassador “This particular building brings back lots of nostalgia…it has such an amazing pedigree, not only because it was from where my dad (a former lawmaker and Minister of Federal Republic) participated fully in Nigerian politics, but for the reason that part of it was donated to the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) then in 1979. It would interest you to know that Alhaji Shehu Shagari lived in this house.

“So that was why we decided to reconstruct the house into 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.”
Amb. Mbadiwe and his siblings, with which he worked on this project, should be commended for this initiative. There are multiple sites like this around the country abandoned with some of them playing host to street urchins and stray animals.

This was an unsung site until the reconstruction exercise took place…folks do take out time to visit these structure. It is situated at 8, Jibowu Street, Yaba, Lagos.



The former Ambassador is the eldest son of the First Republic politician, Chief Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe. He said “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 as you know hasn’t materialized yet. We (my siblings and I) are yet to do that.”
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