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“You need a thick skin” – Tosin Oshinowo speaks to BBC on being a Female Architect in Nigeria | WATCH



Tosin Oshinowo speaks to BBC on being a Female Architect in Nigeria | WATCH | BellaNaijaOur society is a very patriarchal one, and, in all walks of life, the views and the opinions of women can be dismissed not because they are wrong, but because they are women.

This much is true of architecture, too, as architect Tosin Oshinowo has revealed in an interview with BBC.

Female architects in the country “need a thick skin,” she said, sharing an instance when she cried out of a site because she was being disrespected.

She also discussed her style: afro-minimalism, revealing her love for clean lines and minimal but functional designs.

Watch her speak below:

Photo Credit: tosin.oshinowo


  1. TheRealist

    September 27, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Without prejudice, it’s invariably easier for male professionals (over their female counterparts) virtually everywhere in the world and not just in “our society”! Nonetheless, Jumoke Adenowo is one of the pre-eminent and most successful architects in Nigeria, male or female.

  2. by_stander

    September 27, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Putting things in prospective, thick skin or not, in this N20k minimum wage society people from all works (not walks) of life are been frustrated by two professions and businesses are dying everyday.

    Also there are alot of badly designed buildings out there reasons which i will get into later, because i dont think we can fix that without addressing the underlying issues of infringing on inalienable rights driving more and more people into poverty.

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