Olajumoke Adenowo

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Olajumoke Adenowo
Born (1968-10-16) October 16, 1968 (age 55)
Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
EducationBSc Hons Architecture [1988], Masters in Architecture [1991] at Obafemi Awolowo University, Chief Executive Programme [CEP] Lagos Business School [2002]
Occupation(s)Chartered Architect - Principal Architect AD Consulting
Chartered Arbitrator
Founder, Awesome Treasures Foundation
Author, Radio Host / Podcaster Speaker
Known for
  • Olukorede Adenowo

Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo (born 16 October, 1968) is an African architect. She started her own architecture and interior design firm, AD Consulting, in 1994.

Early life and education[edit]

Adenowo was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Her parents were both professors, one of whom taught history and the other criminology.[1][2] She lived on campus at Obafemi Awolowo University, which was designed by Bauhaus-trained architect Arieh Sharon between 1962 and 1972. Living in the university and studying in it encouraged her to approach Architecture at a young age.[3]

Adenowo enrolled in Obafemi Awolowo University at the age of 14. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Architecture at the age of 19. As an undergraduate, she won the prize for Best Student Design.[4] She obtained her Master of Architecture, with distinction, from the same university in 1991.[5][6]

She is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School (2019), the Yale School of Management (2016), the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme (2002) and The IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Barcelona, Spain (2005).

Adenowo has stated that 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 Obafemi Awolowo University campus. These inspired her design philosophy – NeoHeritage Architecture in which she “leverages on her experiential understanding of heritage design to define contemporary African Architecture of global relevance .”


After graduating from university, Adenowo was hired as an Assistant Architect at Towry Coker Associates. She then practiced as an architect in Lagos at Femi Majekodunmi Associates. She worked on the Federal Ministry of Finance project in Abuja at the age of 23.[7]

In 1994, at 25, Adenowo founded her boutique architecture and interior design firm, AD Consulting,. Since its inception, AD Consulting has been involved in designing and constructing more than 114 projects. These include Institutional buildings, Office Complexes, Mixed Use developments, auditoria, private residences, healthcare facilities, industrial campuses and Master plans. AD's clients span national and multi-national clients, including Coca-Cola, L’Oreal, Access Bank plc and Guaranty Trust Bank.

Professional affiliations[edit]

  • Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Architects
  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the African Leadership Network.
  • Vital Voices Lead Fellow
  • Member of the Global Philanthropy Forum
  • Member of African Philanthropy Forum.


CNN described her as "Africa's Starchitect" and The Guardian (Nigeria) has described her as "the face of Architecture in Nigeria".[5] In 2018, she was recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as one of the inspirational women in architecture today.[8]

Adenowo has been featured in the architectural journal Architectural Record.. Fortune Magazine, Bauwelt , Suddeuce Zeitung , Forbes Africa etc.

Academia and features in academic publications[edit]

In 2019, Olajumoke Adenowo was appointed a Visiting Professor at the Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) in Germany. She was honoured as a Laureate and Guest Scientist at the Chair of Theory, History of Architecture and Art & Design arms of the university's Department of Architecture. This programme is established in collaboration with the Bavarian Ministry of Education.

Her Monograph “Neo Heritage; Defining Contemporary African Architecture “ is the first work by a black Architect to be published by Rizzoli, the leading Art, Architecture and Design Publisher.

Other business endeavors[edit]

In parallel to founding AD Consulting, Adenowo also founded and ran Advantage Energy, an oil and gas services firm.[9]

Public speaking[edit]

Recognized as a thought leader on Architecture, the Arts, leadership, Youth and Women’s Empowerment, she regularly speaks at international summits and conferences.[12] She has spoken at the McKenzie Executive leadership platform, Harvard Business School (African Business Club). SOLVE at MIT,[17], Haust Der Kunst (Munich), the Institute of Directors, the Global Women’s Forum, Cambridge University African Society and many other platforms.

Since 2011 she has hosted a syndicated radio show and podcast on leadership; "Voice of Change".[10] She has been featured by international media outlets such as CNN[11] and Fortune.[12]

Service on boards; corporate bodies and social initiatives[edit]

  • Cartier Women's Initiative Awards - Jury Member - 2018.[20]
  • Vocational Training and Professional Development Academy (VPDA), Director - 2018
  • Hamilton Prep School, Lekki, Lagos, Member Board of Governors - 2018
  • British School of Lome, Member Board of Governors - 2012
  • Fountain Holdings Limited, Director – 2011
  • Purple Girl Foundation, Trustee -2018
  • Rebuild Lagos Trust Fund, Member Technical Committee - 2021


Adenowo founded the Awesome Treasures Foundation (ATF) In 1999, a faith-based Non-Governmental Organization, recognized by the United Nations and the United States Congress.[16] Awesome Treasures Foundation operates on six continents through its volunteers and partners with a mission to raise transformational leaders for peace and advancement.[13] The foundation has a mission to raise 1,000 leaders by 2030, working especially women and young people.[13]

Recognition and awards[edit]

  • United States Congress in 2023 for her impact on Leadership and Philanthropy.
  • Forbes Woman Africa Entrepreneur of the Year 2020
  • Forbes Africa 50 Most Powerful Women in Africa 2020
  • Forbes Africa 50 Over 50 Most Powerful Women in Africa 2023
  • New African Woman in Business Award 2016
  • Africa's Most Inspiring Business Woman by the La Batisseurs Des Economie De L’Afrique 2017.[19]
  • Featured in the Hall of Fame of people of Black ancestry at the University of West England, Bristol.[21]
  • Featured on the Wall of Fame, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile -Ife 2021
  • Included in the "Who Will Be Who in The 21st Century" by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, UK 1991
  • The International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award
  • The Ekiti State Merit Awards, 2014
  • Ambassador of Excellence for outstanding achievements in architecture and women's development Obafemi Awolowo University 2018

Awards for her architecture include[edit]

  • The International Property Awards (Best Public Service Architecture, 2012)
  • The African Property Awards (Best Mixed-Use Architecture; 2013
  • Best Office Architecture and Best Public Service Architecture, 2013
  • The IDEA Awards Best Commercial Designer 2012
  • The IDEA Awards Best Interior Architect 2013
  • IDEA Awards (Best Institutional Architect 2014)

Authored publications[edit]

  • Neo Heritage Defining Contemporary African Architecture published by Rizzoli . ISBN 9788891836168
  • Beyond My Dreams; September 2019. ISBN 9789785696936
  • Acts of the Holy Spirit Vol I ISBN 9789785884302
  • Acts of the Holy Spirit Vol II ISBN 9789789948918
  • Ruth ; Strategic Wisdom to Overcome the Impossible ISBN 9789785739022
  • Rahab: Wisdom for a Quantum Change (Kingdom Dynamics for the Market Place) ISBN 9789785739008
  • Tamar: Destiny Attained Against all Odds (Kingdom Dynamics for the Marketplace) ISBN 9789785739015
  • Appointment with Destiny [Volume 1]: The Path to the Throne
  • Lifespring: The Mother's Prayer manual (Revised and Updated Edition). AuthorHouse; ISBN 978-1-4685-8288-8
  • The Mysterious Seed: Powerful Secrets of Financial Increase. AuthorHouse; ISBN 978-1-4685-8285-7
  • Designed for Marriage. ISBN 978-978-932-589-4

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Olukorede Adenowo. They have two sons.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Olajumoke Adenowo". PR2J3C4 - Nigeria @ Her Best. 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2022-03-30.
  2. ^ Nigeria, Guardian (2021-03-27). "Olajumoke Adenowo: The architect who wants to build Nigeria a good name". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. Retrieved 2023-07-26.
  3. ^ "Arieh Sharon, University of Ife at Ife, Nigeria". li505-49.members.linode.com.
  4. ^ "Speaker bio, Inspiring Change Conference". Inspiring Change conference. 2017. Archived from the original on March 11, 2017.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "I love creating things, not just buildings", The Nation, 18 March 2012. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  7. ^ "THE FOUNDER". www.adconsultinglimited.com.
  8. ^ "Celebrating inspirational women in architecture for #EthelDay 2018". www.architecture.com.
  9. ^ "Hard Talk – Architect (Mrs.) Jumoke Adenowo – Principal Partner AD Consulting". Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  10. ^ "CNN celebrates Nigerian female architect: Olajumoke Adenowo". Nigerian Tribune. December 13, 2014.
  11. ^ Olajumoke Adenowo (4 December 2014). "Olajumoke Adenowo on CNN African Voices" – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "Africa's Female Philanthropists Are Emerging From the Sidelines".
  13. ^ a b "About Us – Awesome Treasures Foundation". awesometreasuresfoundation.org.
  14. ^ "I compete against myself - Olajumoke Adenowo". NewsFetchers. Retrieved May 1, 2014.

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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