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], Masters in Architecture [1991] at Obafemi Awolowo University, Chief Executive Programme [CEP] Lagos Business School [2002]
Known for Architecture
Notable work AD Consulting Limited
Spouse(s) Olukorede Adenowo

Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo (born in 1968) is an award-winning African architect, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is also a public speaker, radio host and author. She is the founder of the boutique architecture and interior design firm AD Consulting, 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] In 2018 she was recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as one of the most inspirational women in architecture today. [2]

Adenowo has been featured in the world's foremost architectural journal Architectural Record and has spoken at 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".[3]

As an architect Adenowo’s portfolio includes a host of multi-national and Nigerian clients including Coca Cola, L’Oreal, The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Sterling Bank Plc and Intercontinental Bank Plc. [4]

As a public speaker, Adenowo has lectured on the arts, architecture, gender issues, women’s empowerment and entrepreneurialism in Africa [5]. She is widely featured across the international media, including on CNN [6] and Fortune [7].

She started her own award-winning architecture and interior design firm AD Consulting in 1994.

Early life and education[edit]

Adenowo's parents were both professors - of History and Criminology. She lived on campus at the University of Ife. The campus is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Africa. Living and then eventually studying at the University (designed by Award-winning Bauhaus trained architect Arieh Sharon between 1962-1972) honed her approach to architecture at a young age.[8]

At 14 she enrolled in Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly the University of Ife) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Architecture at age 19. As an undergraduate she won the prize for Best Student Design[9] She obtained her Master's of Science in Architecture, with distinction, from the same university in 1991.[1][10]

She is also an 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).

Adenowo has stated her interest in architecture was ignited by visits to Paris and the Palais de Versailles as a young child, as well as living on the University of Ife campus. This inspired her design philosophy - the core lesson being that in its functionality, architecture must be sensitive to its climactic, technological, infrastructural and physical contexts.


After graduating from university, Adenowo was hired as an Assistant Architect at Towry Coker Associates. She was then practiced as an Architect at in Lagos at Femi Majekodunmi Associates. She worked on the Federal Ministry of Finance project in Abuja at the age of 23.[11]

Adenowo founded her own boutique architecture and interior design firm in 1994, AD Consulting, when she was 26 years old. Since its inception, AD Consulting has been involved in the design and construction of more than 70 projects. These include Nigerian government buildings, private residences, healthcare facilities, industrial campuses, and corporate and financial institutions. AD’s clients include Coca-Cola and L’Oreal.[12] AD Consulting has received several awards for design excellence.[citation needed].

She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the African Leadership Network.


Adenowo has several philanthropic ventures. She takes pride in her Nigerian heritage and champions the potential of young Nigerians. In 1999 she founded the Awesome Treasures Foundation (ATF), a UN-recognised, faith-based NGO in Lagos, Nigeria.[13]

The majority of her foundation's programming focuses on disadvantaged women and children. ATF runs Camp Dawn, an educational camp, to address the education gap for inner-city kids. It also manages Awesome Princesses, caring for young girls from the slums of Lagos who are at risk of sexual abuse and HIV/AIDS, supplying medical screenings and educational intervention. Awesome Treasures closely mentors women for transnational leadership and entrepreneurship through vocational training, business classes and leadership training that takes place across Nigeria. In its first 15 years, 70,000 people have attended ATF leadership summits.

Public Appearances[edit]

She has been invited to speak at international summits and conferences, including the Global Women’s Forum, the Harvard Business School (African Business Club), Cambridge University (African Society) and the New African Woman Forum.[14]

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


Adenowo has been honoured with numerous awards for her architecture and philanthropy. These include the Rare Gems Award in conjunction with the United Nations Information Centre and the Women’s Optimum Development Foundation (WODEF), for her work with women empowerment; the International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award; the International Property Awards (Best Public Service Architecture, 2012); African Property Awards (Best Mixed-Use Architecture; Best Office Architecture and Best Public Service Architecture, 2013); IDEA Awards (Best Commercial Designer 2012; Best interior Architect 2013); The Ekiti State Merit Awards, 2014; IDEA Awards (Best Institutional Architect 2014) and the Cambridge African Society Award.

In 1991, Adenowo was included in the 'Who Will Be Who in The 21st Century' by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, UK. She is a Vital Voices Lead Fellow and a Member of Global Philanthropy Forum, The African Philanthropy Forum and The African Leadership Network.

She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Excellence for outstanding achievements in Architecture and Women's development by her alma mater.

Adenowo received the New African Woman in Business Award and was also nominated for the West African Business Woman of The Year Award at the CNBC All Africa Business Leaders Awards in 2014. She was recognized as one of Nigeria’s 100 most Influential Nigerians. She also was named as one of 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria, one of Africa’s Most Powerful 10 Women in Business by AFK Insider and one of Africa’s Most Inspiring Business Woman by the La Batisseurs Des Economie De L’Afrique [15].

She is a jury member of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards [16]. She was featured in the Hall of Fame, Black History Month by the University of West England, Bristol.[17]

Adenowo is an alumnus of the Yale School of Management, The IESE Business School (University of Navarra, Spain), and the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme (2002). She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, UK.

Current Work & Projects[edit]

Adenowo's first major project was at the age of 24 under the leadership of her Principal Chief Femi Majekodunmi of Femi Majekodunmi and Associates. She designed the Federal Ministry of Finance Building, Abuja, in the Federal Capital of Nigeria. Other work includes:

  • Guiding Light Assembly
  • Kinshasa (DRC) City Centre redevelopment
  • GTBank High Networth Individual Centre
  • Access Bank Youth Banking Brand environment redevelopment
  • VGC – Private Residence
  • AD Studio
  • Rain Oil
  • OAU Senate Building
  • Calabar Church

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Olukorede Adenowo. They have two sons.[18]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Adenowo: Branding Nigeria Through Architecture" Archived 2014-01-14 at the Wayback Machine., Sunday Magazine, The Guardian (Nigeria), 15 December 2013. Accessed 13 January 2013.
  2. ^ https://www.architecture.com/knowledge-and-resources/knowledge-landing-page/ethelday-2018-inspirational-women-in-architecture
  3. ^ "CNN celebrates Nigerian female architect: Olajumoke Adenowo". Nigerian Tribune. December 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.adconsultinglimited.com/portfolio.html
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMfm6vtZZa0
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2CIQuastvw
  7. ^ http://fortune.com/2016/05/31/africas-female-philanthropists/
  8. ^ http://li505-49.members.linode.com/site/detail/public/174/
  9. ^ "Speaker bio, Inspiring Change Conference". Inspiring Change conference. 2017. Archived from the original on March 11, 2017. 
  10. ^ "I love creating things, not just buildings", The Nation, 18 March 2012. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  11. ^ http://www.adconsultinglimited.com/the-founder.html
  12. ^ "Testimonial from L'Oreal". AD Consulting. 
  13. ^ http://awesometreasuresfoundation.org/about-us/
  14. ^ "Speaker Bio, Inspiring Change Conference". Inspiring Change conference. 2017. Archived from the original on March 11, 2017. 
  15. ^ http://news.abidjan.net/h/613900.html
  16. ^ https://www.cartierwomensinitiative.com/jury/olajumoke-adenowo
  17. ^ https://naijablazers.com/trailblazingtuesday-naijablazer-of-the-week-meet-olajumoke-adenowo/
  18. ^ "I compete against myself - Olajumoke Adenowo". NewsFetchers. Retrieved May 2014.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • "CNN celebrates Nigerian female architect: Olajumoke Adenowo". Nigerian Tribune. December 13, 2014.
  • Africa's Female Philanthropists Are Emerging From the Sidelines
  • Architectural Record - Newsmaker: Olajumoke Adenowo
  • "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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