Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo (born 16 October 1968) is an architect by profession. She is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist, a public speaker, radio host and author. CNN described her as "Africa's Starchitect" and The Guardian (Nigeria) has described her as "the face of Architecture in Nigeria". In 2018 she was recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as one of the inspirational women in architecture today.
Adenowo has been featured in the architectural journal Architectural Record and has spoken at summits and conferences including the Harvard Business School (African Business Club) Global Women's Forum. She hosts a syndicated radio show on leadership "Voice of Change".
As an architect Adenowo's portfolio includes a host of multi-national and Nigerian clients including Coca-Cola, L’Oreal, The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Access Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank
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At 14 she enrolled in Obafemi Awolowo University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Architecture at age 19. As an undergraduate she won the prize for Best Student Design. She obtained her Master's of Science in Architecture, with distinction, from the same university in 1991.
She is also an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School (2019), 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).
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.
Adenowo founded her own boutique architecture and interior design firm in 1994, AD Consulting when she was 25 years old. Since its inception, AD Consulting has been involved in the design and construction of more than 70 projects. These include Nigerian government buildings, private residences, healthcare facilities, industrial campuses, and corporate and financial institutions. AD's clients include Coca-Cola and L’Oreal.
In parallel to founding AD Consulting, Adenowo also founded and ran Advantage Energy, an Oil and Gas services firm.
In 2019, Olajumoke Adenowo was appointed a Visiting Professor at the Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) in Germany. She was honored as a Laureate and a Guest Scientist at the Chair of Theory, History of Architecture and Art & Design arm of the university's Department of Architecture. This program is established in collaboration with the Bavarian Ministry of Education.
Adenowo has several philanthropic ventures. In 1999 she founded the Awesome Treasures Foundation (ATF), a UN-recognised, faith-based NGO in Lagos, Nigeria. The foundation has a mission to raise 1000 leaders by 2030 working especially women and young people.
ATF runs Camp Dawn, an educational camp, to address the education gap for inner-city kids. It also manages Awesome Princesses, caring for young girls from the slums of Lagos who are at risk of sexual abuse and HIV/AIDS, supplying medical screenings and educational intervention. Awesome Treasures closely mentors youth and women for transnational leadership and entrepreneurship through vocational training, business classes and leadership training that takes place across Nigeria. In its first 15 years, over 70,000 people have attended ATF leadership summits.
Recognized as a thought leader on Architecture, the Arts, Leadership and Gender issues, she speaks regularly at international summits and conferences including McKinsey & Company Leadership Forum, the Global Women's Forum, SOLVE at MIT, the Harvard Business School (African Business Club), Cambridge University (African Society), Haust Der Kunst (Munich), the Institute of Directors, the New African Woman Forum and many other platforms.
Adenowo hosts a radio show on a syndicated weekly program on Leadership - Voice of Change which reaches over 15 million people per episode.
Adenowo has been honoured with numerous awards for her architecture and philanthropy. These include Forbes Woman Africa Entrepreneur of the Year 2020, The New African Business Woman of the Year Award 2015, the International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award; 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) and the Cambridge African Society Award.
She is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of Association of Consulting Architects Nigeria and a member of the African Leadership Network.
She was a jury member of the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards and she was featured in the Hall of Fame, Black History Month by the University of West England, Bristol.
Olajumoke Adenowo is an author of ten (11) published books and numerous articles in national and international journals. Her books, included; Acts of the HolySpirit, LifeSpring, The Mysterious Seed, Appointment with Destiny, Beyond my dreams (fiction) and more.
She is married to Olukorede Adenowo. They are blessed with two men.