Today we celebrate another Nigerian female entrepreneur in the real Estate industry. This woman has made her mark and contribution to the growth of real estate in Nigeria and she is our woman crush Wednesday personality.
Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo born 16 October 1968 is a Nigerian architect. She started her own architecture and interior design firm AD Consulting in 1994.
Adenowo’s parents were both professors, one of History and one of Criminology. She lived on campus at the Obafemi Awolowo University. It was designed by Bauhaus trained architect Arieh Sharon between 1962 and 1972. Living in, and then eventually studying at the University encouraged her approach to architecture at a young age.
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).
Adenowo has stated that her interest in architecture was ignited by visits to Paris and the Palais de Versailles as a young child, as well as living on the Obafemi Awolowo University campus. These inspired her design philosophy – the core lesson being that in its functionality, architecture must be sensitive to its climactic, technological, infrastructural and physical contexts.
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.
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.
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
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.
Folorunsho Alakija Covers Media Room Hub August 2021 Issue
C.E.O of The Rose of Sharon group and the executive vice-chairman of Famfa oil, Folorunsho Alakija covers Media Room Hub August 2021 Issue. Being an inspiration to women, Alakija takes us through her life’s journey as she turns 70. She also revealed some personal details about her life.
Here’s what the editor has to say about her:
“Africa is known to be the home of many great men and women, relatively. One of such women in Africa is Apostle Folorunsho Alakija who has continued to expend her horizon in the business world.
She is making a mark and creating long-lasting legacies in a patriarchal world, proving once again to African women that they too, can achieve, grow and break new ground just like the men.
As an apostle, she is known to have a strong Christian background- as a result, she shares the experience of her walk with God and the many benefit she has gotten from her submission to God’s will in her life.”
Read excerpts from the interview:
Q: With the shift in the way young girls dress now and then, how do you feel when young girls expose their bodies on social media, twerking- does it makes them more appealing or it is demeaning to womanhood?
A: I think its demeaning womanhood. I don’t think it’s right. That is not the Way to get a husband in the first place. I think any woman that does that maybe attracting the opposite sex, but negatively. None of them would want any of such women as a wife. So, I think it’s the wrong way to do it not unless that’s what they want to do all their lives and never settle down to be wives and mothers.
Q: As a mother and a Christian, how do you feel when you come on videos showing women twerk and half naked on social media?
A: I just say that the world has changed and a lot of things are going to the dogs in the sense that Satan seems to be wining in some arears and that’s not the will of God. It also shows that Christians aren’t evangelizing enough and so we need to double up as Christians.
Q: Your life revolves around hard work and service to humanity. What would you say has been your greatest challenge on the road to your success?
A: You will always find those who believe that women should not be seen in male dominating sectors of industries or business. As a result, you would always have to double up by going the extra mile to proof that yes, you can do this. Once they see that you can and have done this, they will back down.
Editor-in-chief: Azuka Ogujiuba- @azukaogujiuba
Content Writer: Michael Akpanebe- @michaeldpoet
Cinematographer: Clever Macaulay-@clevmacaulay
Makeup Artist: @nuel_glam by @petiteoflagos
Outfit: @houseofmauchi, #supreme stitches
The Weeknd Is The Cover Star For GQ Magazine’s Latest Issue
Canadian singer, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye popularly known as The Weeknd is the cover star for GQ magazine’s latest issue.
The Weeknd is seen looking elegant for the numerous cover photos. In one of the pictures, he’s wearing a pinstripe Louis Vuitton suit and Celine Cuban heels while leaning against a wall with his hair styled in a curly Afro.
The Starboy crooner addresses GQ Magazine on the difference between how the world sees him and The Weeknd behind the paparazzi. He discusses about a lot more, read some of the excerpts below:
What is the difference between Abel and The Weeknd?
The lines were blurry at the beginning. And as my career developed—as I developed as a man—it’s become very clear that Abel is someone I go home to every night. And The Weeknd is someone I go to work as.
So am I interviewing The Weeknd or Abel?
I think you’re getting a Jekyll and Hyde situation right now.
Which one’s Jekyll and which one’s Hyde?
I don’t know. Abel can be badass sometimes, man. But I guess The Weeknd is Hyde. Abel is Dr. Jekyll.
How do you feel about people thinking you’re a dark person?
I am not dark. My art is dark, and I’ve gone through dark times. I’ve used those dark times as inspiration for my art. But I feel like because I’m not dark, I was able to channel it and put it into my music and into my art.
What was the original reason for your anonymity?
I don’t know. Maybe there is a deeper issue with that, but I feel like with me it’s never been about the artist and the image of the artist. With House of Balloons, nobody knew what I looked like. And I felt like it was the most unbiased reaction you can get to the music, because you couldn’t put a face to it. Especially R&B, which is a genre that is heavily influenced by how the artist looks.
When did you first hear your voice and know that it was special?
I used to get penalized for singing when I was younger, because I always wanted to sing. I didn’t know if it was good or bad. I just always wanted to sing. I would sing in class. I would sing at the dinner table. And I would get in trouble for it because it was inappropriate at the time. It wasn’t until I met La Mar, my best friend. He heard me sing and was like, “You should sing for Canadian Idol.”
Did you try to go on Canadian Idol?
No! [Laughs.] But then I started singing to girls and I was getting great feedback. The second instance was when “What You Need” came out. It was the first song that came out from The Weeknd. Nobody knew what I looked like. I was not popping. I was struggling at the time. A good friend of mine hooked me up with a job at American Apparel, and I was folding clothes there when somebody at the store played the song. Mind you, nobody knew who The Weeknd was.
Did you freak out?
Well, no. I started listening, seeing what people thought of it. That’s what I mean by the unbiased reaction. When I saw that everybody was like, “This is fire,” I was like, “Oh!”
So where does the name The Weeknd come from?
That’s what the album House of Balloons used to be called: The Weekend. I was still Abel. I didn’t love my name. So I called myself The Weeknd.
Photographs by Daniel Jackson
Styled by George Cortina
Hair by Daronn Carr for BlendLA
Skin by Christine Nelli for Magic Shave
Tailoring by Susie Kourinian
Produced by GE Projects
TV’s Man of The Decade Ebuka On The Cover of SCHICK Magazine’s Summer Digital Cover
Host and TV’s man of the decade, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu is on the cover of SCHICK Magazine‘s summer digital cover.
As usual, Ebuka looks fantastic in the cover photos. His entire outfits were rightly styled all thanks to Oluwatosin Ogundadegbe aka The Style Infidel and photographer Emmanuel Oyeleeke.
Ebuka who has done so much for himself and has a massive fan base, not just for his amazing hosting but also his style speaks about about his career in the entertainment industry, his childhood, family and journey so far in his conversation with SCHICK.
Ebuka spoke about his journey into the entertainment scene and how he got into the Big Brother Naija house in 2006.
He said, “I wasn’t really excited by the Law practice at the time. I wanted to study for a Masters abroad, then I saw an ad for this show with a $100,000 prize and that was all I needed. I really had no plans to go into the media or entertainment industry; I just wanted to win the money and disappear!”
Ebuka continued, “When I got evicted and saw the crowd outside screaming my name, I was like, wait, you mean this show is popular? I almost ran back into the House to re-strategise! It was a very eye-opening experience for me, but I was now also thrown into this world I knew nothing about; fame. I had to figure out how to make a life out of it.”
On how much his parents supported his career path:
The amazing thing is that [my parents] never ever told me what to study, nor did they ever try to stop me from pursuing a career in media. Were they skeptical about it? Of course. For a while, my dad would send me vacancies at traditional jobs to apply to, even when he knew I was doing okay on TV. It was more subtle than blatant. But I think they’ve come around now and I’m always grateful for how non-interfering they were.
On his childhood:
I was the last child for a very long time and my siblings are much older than I am, so for a while, I was the only kid at home. My older brother and sister were away in boarding school and I was mostly home alone with the folks, which meant that I got all the attention. The downside to getting all the attention though, is that you also get all the discipline and tough love. But, it was still mostly happy times.
My parents were very deliberate with that. My siblings and I, for one, don’t have English names. Also, only Igbo was spoken at home because my parents believed that we would learn English at school anyway. I’m super grateful for that deep-rooted connection we got.
Self-worth is everything. My father is the epitome of carrying his head high and walking like he owns the world, whether he’s going through a tough time or not. It can be misread by people, but I’ve learned to carry it without any apologies. Confidence is such a powerful tool.
On how he met his wife Cynthia:
I met her on Twitter. We followed each other, DM’d a few times and then kept it moving.
The connection wasn’t instant, but over time I think I realised that, beyond how much of a happy person she is, our values aligned so strongly that an attraction started to form. It also helps that she has the biggest smile in the world and laughed a lot at things I said and vice versa. From the day we started talking seriously, I knew literally 2 months later that I wanted to marry her.
We talk about any and everything. Nothing is off-limits and that honestly helps. Knowing that, at the end of the day, you’re excited to go back home and tell your partner how your day went and hear theirs… it’s the ultimate connection for us – talking. It helps that we both like gist!… We’re evolving into a true partnership and I’m hoping it can only continue. Still, a long way to go.
On his Impeccable fashion sense:
I don’t mind it. I also don’t mind being known for being stylish; doesn’t harm me in any way. I just don’t want to be known only for that. I have a whole career with too many parts to simply be seen as ‘the fashion guy’ on Instagram. As long as people appreciate it, but also recognise it as one of my many parts, I’m good. Just don’t make it what I’m all about.
Read the full article below:
Digital Editor: @Kunmi_O Creative Direction: @TitiAdesa Photography: @EmmanuelOyeleke Styling: @TheStyleInfidel Wearing: @SenseOfHumourNG @DavidWej @KiingDaviids Makeup: @Zoraa_Makeup
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