Akiavic Blue Roof Hotel is the flagship of the Akiavic Group of Companies. Founded in 2001, it owns its space as the prime hotel situated in the heart of Ondo state. We take pride in having a conscientious, highly professional, and happy team dedicated to delivering outstanding service and ensuring that every guest experience is delightfully memorable, giving you the feeling of “home away from home”.
Tell us about Akiavic Blue Roof Hotel
I was into haulage of petroleum products through petrol tankers for some oil marketing companies like jeep, Unipetrol, Total, and Forte Oil at that time. I found out that when it started in 1992 haulage business, where I was loading above 30 trips a month, suddenly it started dropping to about 16 to 14 trips a month. Other people were getting into the business and based on the law of supply and demand, round trips were reduced. I thought about diversifying into the hospitality business. Before that, I was building a country home of 3 bedrooms flat, 2 on the ground floor and 2 on the first floor. I consulted with my late wife, Victoria when it occurred to me to go into the hospitality business about converting the country home to a hotel, after all, we only visit Ondo a few times in a year. She agreed with me and we started with the one in front known as A-Block today. The A-Block was designed like a castle meaning a living house converted into a hotel. The subsequent ones, B-Block to D-Block are designed in a pattern of a conventional hotel structure. That was how I started in the year 2001. It has a thirteen-room hotel, A-Block followed by C-Block having the restaurant, bar, and accommodation. Two mini-suites, three luxury doors. After that, we moved to B-Block having four suites, one Presidential Suite, and three other executive suites. Thereafter we moved to the D-Block having 22 luxury doubles and 2 suites.
We started operation in the year 2021 with a cyber cafe that was designed as a social service to the community. Many of those we started the cyber cafe business together in 2021 have closed down a long time ago. The telephone has not been developed as it is now in the year 2021, the cyber cafe was running 24 hours which a lot of youths have benefited from it. That was the era of the visa lottery, many people from Ondo kingdom benefited and even students benefited when they wanted to check their WAEC results. We still keep this service running till date to serve the community. We have the eatery in front like an outdoor bar facility. We also have another outdoor bar at the back. That was the structure and we have enjoyed the goodwill of the people because of our services.
What does the acronym Akiavic stand for?
Akiavic is an acronym of Akinlolu Akinlaja and Victoria. My wife of blessed memory’s name is Victoria. She was like a mother to me, we went through thick & thin together. She impacted so much in the life of the family from my siblings to their children and also stood by me in all my struggles. My life from the beginning is a life of struggle and only an understanding wife could bear their husband being out of the matrimonial home more than they stay at home. Victoria was an exceptional woman and I call her my jewel of inestimable value.
The Mission of ABRH is to provide the best services to our clientele and our guests. The mission is also to have a world-class well-trained staff that would meet the objective and the goals of the company which is to ensure for our guests a home away from home.
Why the blue and white?
As a young boy, I always loved blue, blue to me signified love while white signified peace. The blue-white-blue means love and peace.
Would there be any branches in years to come?
Akiavic as an entity is involved in various economic activities, we have the Akiavic Oil and Gas, Akiavic Farms, Akiavic Consultancy, and Akiavic Hotel. My dream is for Akiavic to go international.