OLAJUMOKE ADENOWO is a multiple Award winning Architect. She has been called the “Face of Architecture” in Nigeria. She is the pioneer recipient of the New African Woman in Business Award and was profiled as a Nigerian Game Changer in the New African Woman Magazine 2015/2016 Edition. She was also nominated at the CNBC All Africa Business Leaders Awards in The West African Business Woman of The Year award category. She has also been named as one of Nigeria’s 100 most Influential Nigerians by YNaija (2016) and 100 Most Inspiring Women by YNaija (2015), and among Africa’s Most Powerful Women in Business 2015 by AFK Insider. She received The International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award in 2015. She was featured on CNN African Voices, and profiled on CNN as Africa’s Starchitect, and has been featured in the world’s foremost Architectural Journal; Architectural Record. She was featured as one of 21 Outstanding Women by Genevieve Magazine (2015) and was also featured on the ThisDay magazine list of best dressed women in Nigeria.
Admitted to the University of Ife to study Architecture at the age 14, she graduated at 19 with a BSc. (Hons) and subsequently with a record breaking distinction in Masters of Science (MSc) in Architecture (a first in the several decades of the history of the Institution). She graduated with a record number of awards in the BSc Hons and MSc programs for her academic work including best student in design in the BSc. Hons and MSc. programs and best overall student, best Housing Studies student amongst several others. In 1991, she was included in the “Who will be who in the 21st century” (young achievers section) by the International Biographical Centre Cambridge, England. She is an alumnus of a number of prestigious institutions including the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme (2002) and The IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain (2005).
She is the Founder and Coordinator of Awesome Treasures Foundation (ATF), a faith-based Non-Governmental Organization which raises transformational leaders and has empowered over 60000 people through its summits and initiatives.
She is a highly sought after speaker and has spoken on various global platforms such as the Global Women’s Forum, the Harvard Business School. She hosts her own syndicated radio program, ‘Voice of Change’ on leadership. She is a recipient of various awards for her initiatives including Awards from the International Alliance for Women, the United Nations Information Centre; she has also been recognized with three Honorary Doctorates.
She 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, the Ekiti State Economic Council, the Advisory board of African Fashion Week London and Lagos amongst several others. She has been honored with several awards for her architecture and philanthropy, a few of which are the Rare Gems award by WODEF 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), and honored as an “Ambassador of Excellence” for outstanding achievements in Architecture and women development by her alma mater.
She is married to Olukorede and they are blessed with two sons.