ENGR. MAYEN ADETIBA
In a male dominated world, Mrs. Mayen Adetiba is a shining star, the finest example of female intelligence and an epitome of female determination and dedication. She’s been rightly dubbed a trailblazer and rightly so. After all, she is Nigeria’s first female Civil Engineer. Engineer Adetiba is not just a civil and structural engineer of repute, she’s contributed immensely to the growth of the engineering profession in the country as in her roles as President of the Association of Consulting Engineers, Chattered Secretary of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, two-time Vice President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
A native of Ibeno, Engr. Adetiba had a solid preparation for a great future in engineering. After earning her WASC from Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls High School, Yaba, Lagos in 1968, she went on to study engineering graduating with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Columbia University School of Engineering, New York. She proceeded to Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, where she earned her Masters in Civil Engineering, specializing in Structural Engineering in 1976.
She returned to Nigeria in 1976 and worked with various reputable engineering and architectural firms before founding Delkem Associates in 1983. Engineer Adeyiba has executed many high-profile projects in Nigeria including, Ibadan Brewery (NBL Ibadan), at that time the second largest in Africa, the IDSL (NNPC) Computer Centre/Offices, Benin, Akwa-Ibom State Governors Lodge and Liaison Office in Abuja, the Akwa Ibom State E-Library and the Ibeno Shore Protection
Engr. Adetiba is also a first-rate designer. She designed the landmark Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos. This structural masterpiece has only two columns supporting the steel roof structures, with capacity for 5,000 worshippers. President Olusegun Obasanjo once described it as “an engineering feat.”