Meet Olajumoke Adenowo, Nigeria’s Finest Female Architect

Olajumoke Adenowo (Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo) is one of the richest architects in Nigeria. She is a speaker, author, philanthropist and an entrepreneur.

She is a successful architect (featured by the world’s foremost Architectural Journal, Architectural Record) and a force in her profession, an industry dominated by men.

Olajumoke Adenowo, uses her radio show ‘Voice Of Change’ to teach youths how to ask the right questions from their leaders and hold them accountable. She has authored many books and give back to the society through her faith based NGO; Awesome Treasures Foundation.

Olajumoke Adenowo was born on the 16th of October, 1968 in Ibadan, Oyo State. She grew up in Obafemi Awolowo University with her professor parents. Her father was a history professor and her mother a criminology professor.

She attended University of Ibadan Staff Primary School and Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Oyo. At age 14, she proceeded to Obafemi Awolowo University where she had her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture.

Olajumoke Adenowo is an alumna of Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme, the Yale School of Management and the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

The beautifully designed environs of University of Ife where Olajumoke Adenowo grew up and her visit to Paris at a tender age was the genesis of her love for structures and architecture.

She was always fascinated about structures and knew on time her career path. After graduation, Olajumoke Adenowo started out as Assistant Architect at Towry Coker And Associates before moving to Femi Majekodunmi Associates where she designed the Federal Ministry of Finance in Abuja at the age of 23. This was a big achievement and opened doors to several opportunities for her.

She started her own interior design and architectural firm, AD Consulting in 1994, and holds the position of a Principal Partner. Her company is known for bespoken, detailed designs and structures, designing every aspect of any building from inception to the fittings. As the principal partner of AD Consulting, she has designed and overseen the construction of over 70 projects including Nigerian government buildings, Coca-Cola, L’oreal and banks.

Olajumoke ran an oil and gas firm, Advantage Energy and runs a property management firm, Advantage Property.

Olajumoke has served as Vice President of the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme, Chairperson of the National Tank Youth Development Committee. She serves on the board of British School of Lome, Fountain Holdings Ltd, Centre for Social Reformation and Leadway Tours & Travels Limited.

She is also a member of a number of professional bodies; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigerian Institute of Architects, Interior Design Association of Nigeria, European Coaching Institute and International Mentoring Association.

Olajumoke is a fellow of African Leadership Network, Global Philanthropy Forum, the African Philanthropy Forum.