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Ability enabled …with Kemi Oguntoye

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Meet Kemi Oguntoye, Associate at SAY Property Consultancy, winner of British Property Federation’s “Rising Star” award in 2017 and named one of Bisnow’s 2019 ‘top 49 women who will change the future of real estate’. She’s a true motivator and is undoubtedly one of the most inspiring people we’ve had in the studio. Her achievements are extraordinary despite tackling a life changing obstacle 4 years ago.

At the age of 26, Kemi was told that she was diagnosed with bone cancer, as a result, her left leg was amputated above the knee. Part of her recovery was feeling safe in the knowledge that, whilst she was recovering in hospital, her role was being reserved by SAY Property. 

Throughout this interview, Kemi unravels myths on disability within property and how employers can ensure they address ableist hindrances within office environments. Currently 1/5 of the UK’s population is disabled, but only 4 million of the 14 million disabled people are in full time employment.

In addition to being a multi-awarding associate, she is a member of Notting Hill Genesis’ Development and Assets Committee, and a board member for Women In Social Housing (WISH) London. 

To round things off, she also had one of our favourite downtime tips to date: Head to Coal Drops Yard to experience the free street carnival (with a Notting Hill vibe) with lots of music, speakers and sound systems, crafts and food trucks. Where can we sign up?