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Ayoola Tokunbo Onajide

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Ayoola Tokunbo Onajide
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Native nameAyoola Tokunbo Onajide
🏳️ NationalityNigerian
💼 Occupation
🏢 OrganisationATO Architects Limited
Pioneering Nigerian Architect
🌐 Websitewww.atoarchitects.com

Ayoola Tokunbo Onajide (born July 22, 1958) is a Nigerian architect and entrepreneur. He is the principal and founder of the ATO Architects Limited.[1].

Ayoola Onajide has been featured in Vol 24. of the June 2013 issue of Construction Review [2]. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the South African Institute of Architects [3].

His buildings include the new Headquarter building for the Nigerian Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)[4] [5] and New Dawn Baptist Church[6] His firm, ATO Architects are the architects on record for the French Diplomatic Campus in Abuja, in collobaration with Richard Schoeller Architects.[7] [8]

Early life, Education and Career[edit]

Ayoola Onajide was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England on July 22, 1958, to Mr Michael Olatunji and Mrs Omobolanle Onajide (née Akpata). His mother Omobolanle Onajide was the first Nigerian female graduate who actively worked in a Nigerian television newsroom. She was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd DAME (Diamond Awards for Media Excellence) awards[9]. His father, M. O. Onajide was the clerk of the Oyo State House of Assembly from 1979-1983 [10] and assistant clerk of Western Nigeria State of Assembly. He is an alumni of Ibadan Grammar School and is the author of the best selling book Revitalising the urban and rural centres of Nigeria[11]. Ayoola Onajide has three (3) sisters; Funmilayo Onajide (founder of Regalo African Luxury and former general manager, corporate affairs at MTN)[12] [13], Ireti Ogbu (Managing Director, EMEA Payments and Receivables Head, Treasury and Trade Solutions at Citi Bank)[14] a finalist in the rising star category for the 2019 Black British Business Award [15]), and Lara Cookey (Creative Director and Owner of Noji Arts)[16]

Ayoola Onajide attended International School, University of Ibadan from 1969 to 1976 and later trained as a Chartered Architect in the Manchester School of Architecture, United Kingdom. After qualifying, he returned to work at Godwin and Hopwood Architects and later at James Cubitt and Partners in Lagos. He found his architecture and project management practice ATO Architects (Previously A.T. Onajide Associates) in 1987, with offices in Lagos, Abuja and London.


He is currently the Chairman of Lead Capital Plc [17]. He was invited to join the Council of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation(NCF) in 2018 as a national executive council member [18]. He is currently the Vice President of the Association of Consulting Architects Nigeria (ACAN)[19]

List of Buildings[edit]

• Masterplan for Babington Macaulay Seminary[20]

• Headquarter building for The Nigerian Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Nigeria [4] [5]

• French Diplomatic Campus in Abuja, in collaboration with Richard Schoeller Architects.[7] [8]

• New Dawn Baptist Church [6]

References/Notes and references[edit]

  1. "Professionals gather as LAF seeks business dimension to Architecture". April 28, 2015.
  2. issuu.com/constructionreviewafrica/docs/cr_jun_13.
  3. "PressReader.com - Your favorite newspapers and magazines". www.pressreader.com.
  4. 4.0 4.1 estateintel.com/development-federal-inland-revenue-service-headquarters-central-business-district-abuja.
  5. 5.0 5.1 synergyrealproperty.org/federal-inland-revenue-service-headquarters-central-business-district-abuja/.
  6. 6.0 6.1 nigeriaconstructionjournal.com/2019/04/03/new-dawn-baptist-church-building-project.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "French Diplomatic Campus in Abuja by Richard+Schoeller Architects in collaboration with ATO architects". September 13, 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "French diplomatic campus in Abuja". September 13, 2018.
  9. [1].
  11. worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n93-83250.
  12. bjan.com.ng/funmi-onajide-resigns-her-position-as-manager-corporate-communications-mtn-nigeria.
  13. Last, first (date). luxuryreporter.ng/2017/09/craftsmanship-in-the-nigerian-luxury-industry.
  14. blog.citigroup.com/2015/03/my-vision-led-to-my-progress.
  15. "2019 Winners". The Black British Business Awards.
  16. doctoremuwa.com/entrepreneur-spotlight/entrepreneur-spotlight-lara-cookey.
  17. Nigeria, Olanipekun Olufemi, Ennovate. "Our People | Lead".
  18. "NCF Appoints New Council Members". ncfnigeria.org.
  19. [2]
  20. "WikiVisually.com". wikivisually.com.

External links[edit]

Construction Delays in Nigeria

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