Prof. Kulomri Adogbo: First Female Professor of Quantity Surveying in Northern Nigeria
Prof. Kulomri Adogbo is a role model, pacesetter, and distinguished Abusite who is the first female Professor of Quantity Surveying in entire Northern Nigeria and a Lecturer in the Department of Quantity Surveying at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Prof. Kulomri Adogbo started her education at Sunnyday Primary School, Kano where she studied from 1983 – 1987 and obtained her First School Leaving Certificate.
She proceeded to Federal Government Girls’ College, Bauchi (1988 – 1993) for her secondary education. She was admitted to Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1994 for a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Quantity Surveying degree and graduated successfully in 2000.
In her quest for more education, she went on to obtain an M.Sc. Construction Management (2004-2006) and Ph.D. Quantity Surveying (2009-2013) all from the same institution.
Her doctoral research was on women in construction looking at the experiences of women at the threshold of graduation and the point of entry into practice.
According to Prof. Kulomri Adogbo, “My interests in gender studies are wide and include the education of girls in STEM, under-representation of women and their career impediments in the construction industry in Nigeria, the experiences of women in Quantity Surveying, challenging stereotypes about women in professional practice; professional and international networking/collaboration/partnership for, and by, women and role models, mentoring and career counseling – these interests have one all-encompassing aim i.e. improving the participation of women in the construction workplace.”
After her National Youth Service Corps in 2002, Kulomri Adogbo worked briefly as an Account Officer with Comet Shipping Agencies Nigeria Limited
She started her academic career at the Department of Quantity Surveying, ABU Zaria in April 2007 where she rose through the ranks to break the jinx as the first female Professor of Quantity Surveying in entire Northern Nigeria in 2021.
How did she get into an academic career? She said, “I had a lecturer during my undergraduate studies that always encouraged me and told me that one day when I graduate I would take over his table. It is interesting to note that as I grant this interview sixteen years later, I am using the same desk that Hassan Aminu Kano used as a lecturer.”
She was Head of Department, Quantity Surveying, Ahmadu Bello University from Aug 2016 – Aug 2020. She is currently the Deputy Centre Leader, Sustainable Procurement, Environmental & Social Standards Centre of excellence, ABU Zaria.
Prof. Kulomri Adogbo who has several publications to her credit described her academic experience as interesting with a lot of learning and growing. “I have found it to be fulfilling and it is work that I look forward to. I simply love academic work. I love interacting with students and watching them grow, get educated, and graduating. It is gratifying when I meet with graduates of the Department and I see them making a difference in their lives.” She said.
She is married with children and her interests outside of work are reading and music.