My breath literally stopped the day I stumbled upon Mrs. Olajumoke Adenowo’s Instagram page. For a moment, I wasn’t looking at the pictures anymore. My mind took a flight, I was thinking of what my mind could achieve if I allowed it to run as wild as possible and bring into reality of the pictures it would have gleaned from the world of imagination where everything is possible.
Anyway, back to this incredibly talented woman whose works are celebrated in Nigeria, Africa and the world.
Her profile on Wikipedia summaries beautifully all you need to know about Olajumoke Adenowo, Nigerian Architect extraordinaire.
Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo (born in 1968) is a Nigerian architect, Speaker, Radio Host, Philanthropist and Author. CNN described her as “Africa’s Starchitect”. She has been featured in the World’s foremost Architectural Journal; Architectural Record and has spoken on several platforms including the Global Women’s Forum and Havard Business School[African Business Club]
She hosts a syndicated radio show on leadership “Voice of Change”.
Adenowo studied Architecture from the age of 14 at the Obafemi Awolowo University, graduating with a Bsc (Hons) in Architecture and the coveted faculty prize in 1988. She subsequently obtained a distinction in her MSc Architecture degree [an all A Average] in the history of the University.
Entrepreneurship and Career
Adenowo also ran an oil and gas firm, Advantage Energy, and runs a property management firm, Advantage Energy. She worked with Towry Coker and Associates and with Femi Majekodunmi Associates (where she designed the Federal Ministry of Finance in Abuja at the age of 23).
Adenowo founded her own firm in 1994, AD Consulting, an architecture and interior design firm, which has been involved in the design and construction of over 70 projects for the Nigerian Government and various corporate and financial institutions. AD’s clients include the world’s strongest brands like Coca-Cola and L’oreal. Adenowo mentors and develops young architectural talents through AD’s internship schemes.
AD Consulting has received several awards for design excellence and is Nigeria’s most internationally awarded firm. 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) Member African Leadership Network
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