Olajumoke Adenowo

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Olajumoke Adenowo
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Olajumoke Adenowo
Born (1968-10-16) October 16, 1968 (age 49)
Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Education BSc Hons Architecture [1988]
Known for Architecture
Notable work AD Consulting Limited
Spouse(s) Olukorede Adenowo

Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo (born in 1968) is an award-winning Nigerian architect, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, as well as a speaker, radio host, and author. She is the founder of the boutique architecture and interior design firm AD Consultin, based in Lagos, Nigeria. CNN described her as "Africa's Starchitect" and The Guardian (Nigeria) has described her as "the face of Architecture in Nigeria".[1]

Adenowo was featured in the world's foremost architectural journal Architectural Record, holds many honorary degrees, and has spoken at many summits and conferences including the Global Women's Forum and Harvard Business School (African Business Club), she hosts a syndicated radio show on leadership "Voice of Change".[2]

Early life and education[edit]

At age of 14 Adenowo enrolled in Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly the University of Ife) and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science with Honors in Architecture at age 19, as an undergraduate she won the prize for Best Student Design[3] in 1988. She obtained her Master's of Science in Architecture from the same university in 1991.[1][4]

She is also alumnus of the Yale School of Management (2016), Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme (2002) and The IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Barcelona, Spain (2005).

Career[edit]

After graduating from university, Adenowo was hired as an Assistant Architect at Towry Coker Associates then was accepted as an Architect at a leading design firm in Lagos, Femi Majekodunmi Associates, she worked on the Federal Ministry of Finance project in Abuja at the age of 23.[citation needed]

Adenowo founded her own boutique architecture and interior design firm in 1994, AD Consulting, when she was 26 years old. AD Consulting has been involved in the design and construction of more than 70 projects such as Nigerian government buildings, private residences, healthcare facilities, industrial campuses, and corporate and financial institutions. AD’s clients included Coca-Cola and L’Oreal.[5]

Adenowo also ran an oil and gas firm, Advantage Energy, and runs a property management firm, Advantage Energy.

AD Consulting has received several awards for design excellence and is Nigeria’s most internationally awarded firm.[citation needed] In 1991, Adenowo was featured in “Who will be who in the 21st century” (young achievers section) by the International Biographical Centre Cambridge, England and “Those who Inspire Nigeria".

Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators- 2015 ACIArb (UK) and Member African Leadership Network.

Awesome Treasures Foundation[edit]

Adenowo has several philanthropic ventures; in 1999 she founded the Awesome Treasures Foundation(ATF), a faith-based NGO in Lagos, Nigeria. She has been outspoken about taking pride in her Nigerian heritage and her hopes to unleash the potential of Nigerian youth, she is widely known as the first female pioneer of interdenominational ,denominationally independent Christian Ministry in Africa as she founded Awesome Treasures Foundation a faith based NGO in 1999.

Much of the programming works with under served women and children. ATF runs Camp Dawn, an educational camp, to address the education gap for inner-city kids. Another program is Awesome Princesses, a group for young girls in the tenements and slums of Lagos who are at risk of sexual abuse and HIV/AIDS. Medical screenings and educational intervention is frequently needed. Awesome Treasures closely mentors and grooms women for transnational leadership and entrepreneurship though vocational trainings, business classes, and leadership trainings that take place across the country, over the first 15 years, 70,000 people attended ATF leadership summits.

Awards and Public Appearances[edit]

Olajumoke Adenowo has received several awards for her Architecture and Philanthropy, including The International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award, the Rare Gems 2007 Award, which is awarded by the Women’s Optimum Development Foundation (WODEF) and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIFEM), for her work with women empowerment and several other awards.

Olajumoke Adenowo is professional public speaker who has presented at summits and conferences including the Global Women’s Forum, the Harvard Business School (African Business Club), the Cambridge University (African Society), the New African Woman Forum and many churches.[6]

She also hosts a radio show on syndicated weekly program on Leadership - Voice of Change.

Published works[edit]

  • Lifespring: The Mother’s Prayer manual (Revised and Updated Edition). AuthorHouse; 5 July 2012. ISBN 978-1-4685-8288-8.
  • The Mysterious Seed: Powerful Secrets of Financial Increase. AuthorHouse; January 2013. ISBN 978-1-4685-8285-7.
  • Designed for Marriage. Awesome Treasures Foundation; 2013. ISBN 978-978-932-589-4
  • Covenant Forces. Sovereign Flame Publishing.
  • Child of Destiny. Sovereign Flame Publishing; 1996.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Olukorede Adenowo, they have two sons.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Adenowo: Branding Nigeria Through Architecture", Sunday Magazine, The Guardian (Nigeria), 15 December 2013. Accessed 13 January 2013.
  2. ^ "CNN celebrates Nigerian female architect: Olajumoke Adenowo". Nigerian Tribune. December 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Speaker bio, Inspiring Change Conference". Inspiring Change conference. 2017. 
  4. ^ "I love creating things, not just buildings", The Nation, 18 March 2012. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Testimonial from L'Oreal". AD Consulting. Archived from the original on March 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Speaker Bio, Inspiring Change Conference". Inspiring Change conference. 2017. 
  7. ^ "I compete against myself - Olajumoke Adenowo". NewsFetchers. Retrieved May 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • "CNN celebrates Nigerian female architect: Olajumoke Adenowo". Nigerian Tribune. December 13, 2014.
  • "Adenowo: Branding Nigeria Through Architecture", Sunday Magazine, The Guardian (Nigeria), 15 December 2013. Accessed 13 January 2013.
  • "I love creating things, not just buildings", The Nation, 18 March 2012. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  • AD Consulting: Principal Partner. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  • About Me Adenowo's personal website.
  • "Olajumoke Adenowo On The Cover Of TW Magazine’s June Edition", Today's Woman website, 12 June 2013. Accessed 13 January 2013.
  • Kemi Adejumobi (February 13, 2015). "Olajumoke Adenowo, Nigeria’s star architect -CNN". Businessday. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  • I Compete Against Myself—Olajumoke Adenowo Sun News Online. 21 December 2013.
  • "Designed For Marriage", Olajumoke Adenowo Tackles Serious Marriage Issues, Check Out Photos From Book Launch Onobello.com, 12 July 2013.
  • "I compete against myself - Olajumoke Adenowo". NewsFetchers. Retrieved May 2014.
  • Those who Inspire Nigeria.
  • “Who will be who in the 21st century” (young achievers section) by the International Biographical Centre Cambridge, England
  • Women in Architecture "It is not a man's world" Olajumoke Adenowo covers May 2016 International Edition of New African Woman Magazine

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