…10 reasons why Sir David is our favourite Global African
- He was born Sep 1966 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The son of a Ghanaian diplomat
- He has lived in Uganda, Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, Lebanon, Saudi-Arabia, UK & US
- He lived in the UK and studied at London South Bank University and gained an MA from the Royal College of Art, London
- In 2014, he got married to Ashley Shaw-Scott. Chris Ofili was his best man.
- To write his book ‘Adjaye Africa Architecture’ he visited many African cities from 2010 – 2011 – a journey he documented in photographs
- On David Adjaye & Associates project on the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture – the three tiered form of this magnificent building was modelled on crowns used in West Africa Yoruba Art
- In 2017, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. The knighthood follows two previous royal awards received by Sir David – the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2007.
- He has been commissioned to design the National Cathedral of Ghana – this building will house chapels, auditoriums and Africa’s first Bible museum and documentation centre dedicated to Christianity and nation-building in Ghana. The unveiling was conducted by The president of Ghana His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in March 2018.
- His works include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management in Russia. He was also part of the team that designed the Petronia city project in the heart of Nana Kwame Bediako’s Wonda World Estates 2000-acre mixed-use city development project, catering to the fast-growing oil and gas and mining sectors in the Western Region of Ghana
- Sir David is a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University amongst other Professorship
Just to add, in 2017. he was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME magazine.