#TrailblazingTuesday: Naijablazer of the Week – Meet Olajumoke Adenowo

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Olajumoke Adenowo is a multiple award-winning Architect and has constantly been referred to as the “Face of Architecture” in Nigeria. With over 30 years of experience below her belt in the architecture scene, Olajumoke has been a part of many prestigious & monumental projects at home and abroad.

Olajumoke, 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.

Olajumoke’s 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 by YNaija and one of Africa’s Most Powerful 10 Women in Business by AFK Insider.

Olajumoke has been featured on CNN African Voices and profiled on CNN as Africa’s ‘Starchitect.’ She has also been listed in the world’s foremost Architectural Journal; Architectural Record. In 2013 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.

Olajumoke has perpetually been precocious. Getting admitted to Obafemi Awolowo University (then University of Ife) at the age of 14 and graduating at 19, she bagged the first distinction in Masters of Science (MSc) in Architecture in the school’s history. Olajumoke also graduated with a record number of awards in the B.Sc. and M.Sc. programs for her academic work including Best Student in Design in the BSc. Hons and MSc. Programs, Best Overall Student, Best Housing Studies Student amongst several others.

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.

Naijablazers #TrailblazingTuesday Olajumoke Adenowo

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.
Olajumoke started her career at Femi Majekodunmi Associates where she had the privilege of designing the Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja.

She later founded her own multiple award-winning Architecture and Interior Architecture firm, AD Consulting in 1994 which is Nigeria’s most internationally awarded firm and has been the Principal Partner till date.

AD Consulting is a boutique architectural firm known for providing bespoke interior design and architectural services. She has overseen and executed the design and construction of over 70 outstanding projects for the Nigerian federal and state governments, multinational corporate organizations and private individuals. AD Consulting has worked with several multinationals and companies such as Coca Cola International, L’Oreal, CRI, NGC, GTBank, amongst others.

Naijablazers #TrailblazingTuesday Olajumoke Adenowo

Olajumoke’s passion for helping people achieve more and her love for raising leaders led to her establishing the faith-based Non-Governmental Organization; Awesome Treasures Foundation in 1999, with a mandate to raise transformational Leaders. Awesome Treasures Foundation has since inception empowered over 11,500 women through its numerous skill acquisition programs. Over 70 summits-with a combined attendance of over 70,000 attendees- has also been recorded.

Olajumoke speaks on several global platforms including the Global Women’s Forum, the Harvard Business School, the Cambridge University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology amongst others. She hosts her own syndicated radio program, Voice of Change on Leadership.

She has authored several books including Lifespring: The Mother’s Prayer Manual, Child of Destiny, Covenant Forces, Mysterious Seed and Designed for Marriage.

Olajumoke Adenowo has served on the board of several businesses, institutions and social initiatives, including: The Board of Governors of the elite British School of Lome, the Board of Fountain Holdings Limited, the National Think Tank amongst several others.

Naijablazers #TrailblazingTuesday Olajumoke Adenowo

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.

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