Olajumoke Adenowo (born 1968) is a renowned Architect and Philanthropist based in Lagos, Nigeria whose innovative expressions, functional and beautiful designs have influenced the art of architecture not only in Nigeria, but across Africa. She was profiled by CNN as “Africa’s Starchitect” and BBC as a ‘’Trailblazer’’ to reflect her influence on the architectural industry in the continent. Olajumoke Adenowo enrolled to study Architecture at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) at the age of 14, and she also gained an MSc in Architecture from the same institution.
In 1994, Adenowo founded AD Consulting, a leading architecture and interior design firm which has provided bespoke solutions to a host of multi-national and Nigerian clients including Coca Cola, L’Oreal, The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Sterling Bank PLC, Intercontinental Bank PLC amongst others. She is also the founder of Advantage Energy, an Oil and Gas services firm and Awesome Treasures, an intercontinental philanthropic foundation (established in 1999) recognized by the United Nations with a mission to raise 1000 leaders by 2030 with key focus on women and youths. As a philanthropist, she runs a number of programs promoting health education, vocational training, business training and leadership skills development, including The Awesome Treasures Foundation’s Camp Dawn and Awesome Princesses which has positively impacted hundreds of thousands of Nigerians, directly and indirectly.
Adenowo has been recognized with several awards including the ’New African Business Woman of the Year’ Award, the International Property Awards (Best Public Service Architecture, 2012), African Property Awards (Best Mixed-Use Architecture), two IDEA Awards (Best Commercial Designer 2012 & Best Interior Architect 2013) and another IDEA Award for Best Institutional Architect in 2014. She is a recipient of the Cambridge African Society Award and has been honored as an Ambassador of Excellence for outstanding achievements in Architecture and women development by her alma mater. She was recognized as one of the 100 most Influential Nigerians and also named as one of the Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria. She was the recipient of the 2019 Leadership award by the Constituency For Africa (Washington, DC). In 2020 she was recognized as one of Africa’s 50 most powerful women and also won the Forbes Woman Africa Entrepreneur Award 2020.
In 2018 she was named by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as one of the most inspirational women in architecture today. That same year, she served on the jury of the prestigious Cartier Women’s Initiative Award and also to join the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation philanthropic network, which is a body engaged in developing best practices in philanthropy globally. In 2019, 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. The program was established in collaboration with the Bavarian Ministry of Education.
An alumnus of several institutions including, Harvard Kennedy School, the Yale School of Management, The IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, and the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and a member of the African Leadership Network. She is a fellow of Nigerian Institute of Architects. Her work has been widely featured on international media platforms, including Architectural Record -the world’s leading architectural journal, CNN, BBC, Fortune Magazine, Forbes TV, Forbes Woman, and Suddeutsce Zeitung. She was labeled by Guardian Nigeria as ‘the face of architecture in Nigeria’. Olajumoke is a speaker of note at summits and conferences and has spoken on several global platforms, including the Global Women’s Forum, Harvard Business School, Cambridge University, and SOLVE MIT’s flagship Conference for Global Thoughts Leaders and Innovators.
Adenowo is also an author, broadcaster and public speaker. Her syndicated radio podcast on leadership “Voice of Change’’ reaches over 15 million people per episode, and she has published five (5) books on several topics ranging from Leadership, to Business, to Philanthropy, to Spirituality and Social Change. She is married to Olukorede Adenowo. They have two sons.