Meet the woman builder known as the face of architecture in Nigeria


Architecture is considered one of the male-dominated fields which has comparably minimal female participation over the years. The narrative has changed in recent times as today’s women keep thriving in such fields. A typical example of such inspiring stories is that of the award-winning Olajumoke Adenowo.

The smart Nigerian builder has made good progress in the field, rounding up an impressive CV for herself over the years. Credible reports from local news outlets credit Adenowo with world class projects such as the Nigerian Stock Exchange edifice, the Heritage Bank Headquarters, Ekiti State Liaison Office located in Lagos among many others.

Responding to questions on how she got the inspiration to venture into this field, the builder mentioned that, a visit to Paris was the main trigger. She indicated that, the nature of structures she saw motivated her to replicate the same and more in Africa.

She commenced her profession from Femi Majekodunmi Associates architectural firm and quickly developed through the ranks into the big woman she is today. “I was always ready. I would be at the office at 11 pm on Sunday when other girls are dancing or something,” she said.

“I think my boss saw my passion and he gave me a chance. If we had more mentors like that in Africa, I believe the younger generation would blossom faster,” Adenowo added. She gained the independence to build her own company at the age of 25 and developed it into the world class company as it is known today.

Her performance over the years has earned her recognition from credible award schemes such as the International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award, the Rare Gems Award, the New African Business Woman of the Year Award, the International Property Awards, African Property Awards