History was made at the recent convocation of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) when Architect Aminat Olorunfunmilayo Ajenifujah-Abubakar becomes the first female to bag a Ph.D degree from the Department of Architecture.
Born to late Late Abdulrahman and Afusat Ajenifujah (Olorogun Adodo family of Isale-Eko, Lagos State) in 1975, she attended the prestigious St. Mary’s Private School in Lagos and later moved on to FGGC, Bida in Niger State.
She was admitted to study Architecture at FUTA in 1992/93 Session and graduated as the first female B.Tech (1999), first female M.Tech (2004), first female M. Arch. (2012) and first female Ph.D Arch. (2019) though the COVID made it 2021.
Her citation shows that she is a lover of GOD, people and nature, hence her interest in Landscape and Urban Design Studies in Architecture (Recreation Studies). She adores equity fairness and justice and applies it to all spheres of life as much as possible.
She is a volunteer with several NGOs and a member of the board of trustees of quite few.
Architect Aminat in her reaction said:
“Indeed, God gives ease after every hardship and is a promise keeper. I will continue to pray and work hard to be impactful and resourceful in my life and work. It could not have been possible without the structure GOD put in place, Ajenifujah family, The Abubakars, F. U. T., Akure, faculty (my supervisors, Prof. J. A. Fadamiro, Dr. (Mrs.) D. A. Ayeni and Dr. C. O. Folorunso), friends, professional colleagues, the FUTA Muslim Community and other well-wishers.”
She added that the encouragement and support of Arc. M. O. Adegbie Ph.D, who also was conferred on the same day with her cannot be overemphasized.
“She’s the second female and together, we will continue to encourage other females to break more glass ceilings such as the first female best graduating student from the Department of Architecture, Miss. Blessing Chijioke who also graduated at this year’s ceremony”.
She is married to Mr. Olakunle Abubakar (Bakies) and the marriage is blessed with children.