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 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]

Olajumoke Adenowo is a Multiple Award-winning Nigerian Architect and thought leader who is a firm favorite of the youth of Africa; in a continent where ethnicity is a strong consideration her appeal cuts across national borders as she is popularly referred to as “The Face of Nigerian Architecture “ (coined by the Guardian newspapers, Nigeria’s Starchitect by CNN , voted all across Africa the New African Business Woman of the Year , the most Inspiring Business Woman , One of the Top Most Powerful Ten Most Powerful African Women in Business she features regularly on the Annual lists of Most Influential Nigerians, and Most Influential Nigerian Women published by the Youth. She is unique in her space for the respect she commands for her decades-long philanthropic activities, her philanthropy expressed through her faith-based NGO Awesome Treasures Foundation is an expression of her persona as an Architect as a Social Engineer.

Olajumoke is a thought leader in her field, she is a speaker of choice at conferences on the Arts and Architecture, Gender Issues, Women’s Empowerment. She is noted for her ability to speak on Architecture which a passion and clarity that is infectious to wide audiences. Olajumoke has been featured in Architectural Record, CNN, Fortune International and many other global publications.

Born to two professors, (a Professor of History and a Professor of Criminology) Olajumoke has always been precocious - admitted at the age of 14 to study Architecture at the University of Ife considered one of Africa’s Best Universities with the reputation of being the most beautiful campus in Africa - Her approach to Architecture was honed growing up and studying for decades on a campus designed by Award-winning Bauhaus trained Arieh Sharon (between 1962-1972). Arieh Sharon one of Israel’s top Architects worked on numerous award-winning projects in Israel and worked directly with David Ben Gurion as Director and Chief Architect of the Israeli National Planning Authority.

The University of Ife takes pride of place as an iconic example of his best work - a panorama of modernist architecture on the scale of a grand campus built on 20km2 of 53km2 bequeathed to the University by the Monarch of the ancient Ile Ife kingdom, considered to be the cradle The Architecture is modernist Bauhaus inspired Architecture filtered through the prism of the Architect’s interpretation of the cultural context and the functional matrix of the climatic demands of the tropics . For a youngster who had always had architecture as part of her psyche after her interest in Architecture was ignited by experiencing the grand buildings of Paris and the Palais de Versailles as a 3 year old on a European tour with her parents, the campus and its buildings were indelible to her nascent design philosophy, the core lesson being that in its functionality and performance, architecture must be sensitive to its climactic, technological, infrastructural and physical context . She graduated with the first Distinction in the Master of Science - (A straight-A average) which was a first in the history of the most rigorous and fiercely competitive Architecture program in Nigeria, a feat which was unrivaled for two decades.

She started her own multiple Award-winning Architecture and Interior Architecture Firm AD Consulting Nigeria’s pioneer Interior Architecture Firm. AD is Nigeria’s most awarded Architectural firm and her works are considered seminal trendsetters. Olajumoke has a holistic attention to detail which only a few Architects exhibit. Inspired by the approach of titans such as Frank Lloyd Wright who went as far as to design not just interiors, furniture and cutlery but even a dress for his client , Olajumoke express her innate design abilities beyond the building envelope and this has led to AD carrying out Interior Architecture and Brand Environment commissions including detailed furniture designs and fabrication for the world’s strongest brands such as Coca-Cola International and L’Oreal.

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 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).

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 work with underserved 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 of young girls in the tenements and slums of Lagos who are at risk of sexual abuse and HIV/AIDS. Medical screenings and educational intervention are frequently needed. Awesome Treasures closely mentors and grooms women for transnational leadership and entrepreneurship through vocational training, business classes, and leadership training 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 has been honored with several awards for her architecture and philanthropy, a few of which are the Rare Gems Award in conjunction with the United Nations Information Centre, 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), Cambridge African Society Award and honored as an Ambassador of Excellence for outstanding achievements in Architecture and women development by her alma mater.

She is an alumnus of a number of prestigious institutions including the Yale School of Management, The IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain and the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme (2002), she is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, UK. In 1991, Olajumoke was included in the Who Will Be Who in The 21st Century (Young Achievers Section) by the International Biographical Centre Cambridge, England, she is a VV LEAD Fellow - Vital Voices and a Member of Global Philanthropy Forum, The African Philanthropy Forum and The African Leadership Network.

Olajumoke is a pioneer recipient of the keenly contested New African Woman in Business Award (from the same stable as the African Banker of the Year Award) was also nominated for the West African Business Woman of The Year award at the CNBC All Africa Business Leaders Awards in 2014, her works have been recognized by various prestigious institutions, receiving The International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award in 2012 and recognized as one of Nigeria’s 100 most Influential Nigerians. She also was named as one of 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria and one of Africa’s Most Powerful 10 Women in Business by AFK Insider.

She is a jury member of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, she was featured amongst other global personalities of black ancestry in the Hall of Fame, Black History Month by the University of West England, Bristol.

She is an alumnus of a number of prestigious institutions including the Yale School of Management, The IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain and the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme (2002), she is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, UK. In 1991, Olajumoke was included in the Who Will Be Who in The 21st Century (Young Achievers Section) by the International Biographical Centre Cambridge, England.

She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators- 2015 ACIArb (UK) and Member African Leadership Network, she was recognized as one of Africa’s Most Inspiring Business Woman by the Francophone La Batisseurs Des Economie De L’Afrique.

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

Current Work & Projects[edit]

The first major project Olajumoke cut her teeth on was at the age of 24 under the inspirational leadership of her Principal (Chief Femi Majekodunmi of Femi Majekodunmi and Associates) who was also the President of the International Union of Architects at the time, she designed the Federal Ministry of Finance Building, Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria. Others are

  • Guiding Light Assembly
  • NUB Bank Kaduna
  • VGC – Private Residence
  • AD Studio
  • Rain Oil
  • OAU Senate Building
  • Calabar Church

Philanthropy Work[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 work with underserved 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 of 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 groom’s women for transnational leadership and entrepreneurship through vocational training, business classes, and leadership training that take place across the country, over the first 15 years, 70,000 people attended ATF leadership summits.

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" Archived 2014-01-14 at the Wayback Machine., 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. Archived from the original on March 11, 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. 
  6. ^ "Speaker Bio, Inspiring Change Conference". Inspiring Change conference. 2017. Archived from the original on March 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ "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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