Olajumoke Adenowo

Adenowo Jumoke speaking
Adenowo Jumoke. Photo: OnoBello

Olajumoke Adenowo is an architect, designer of the Federal Ministry of Finance building in Abuja, and a dozen of outstanding corporate, federal and state government buildings. Olajumoke was as a youth, precocious, graduating at the age of 19 at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife and later with record breaking masters degree in Architecture. Born 1968 in Ibadan, Olajumoke had been exposed to grand buildings in Europe at age three when her history professor father and criminology professor mother took her on a tour. From Federal Government Girls College in Oyo, she gained admission to the university at the age of 14 to study architecture. At 23, her boss at Femi Majekodunmi Associates had given her the rare privilege to design her first building.

In 1984, Olajumoke started her own company where she hoped for greater expression. Thence, she designed estates and iconic offices in the region, like the Coca Cola International and Loreal West Africa. The Guiding Light Assembly, a mixed-use church building which she designed in 1994 is considered the watermark of her career. Olajumoke’s style, like the lens of the camera, guides what is visible to the observer and plays with the use of light to create a so called fourth dimension. As a professed architectural psychologist, she believes the environment modifies the behaviour. The property company she founded has developed a few estates on the Lekki Peninsula.

Tope Apoola
Profession: Writer