Titi Ogufere

Titi Ogufere is a Nigerian interior designer, critical design thinker and publisher at Essential Media Group. She is the Creative Director at Essential Interiors Consultancy, a pioneer interior designing company in Nigeria. The award-winning practice was set up in 2002 and has since established an international identity with a wide variety of projects that are context-specific, innovative, experimental, critical and theoretical.

Titi Ogufere
NationalityNigerian
EducationAhmadu Bello University, Dublin Business School
OccupationInterior Designer, Media Proprietor, Entrepreneur
Organization(s)Essential Media Group, Essential Interiors Consultancy
Known forNigerian Interior Design Pioneer, Founder Interior Designers Association of Nigeria, Founder Interior Design Excellence Awards, Founder Made by Design Show, Founder Design Week Lagos, Publisher Essential Interiors Magazine, Essential Traveller Magazine, Essential Woman Magazine
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In 2007, Ogufere founded the Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN), a body charged with the promotion of excellence practices in the interior design sector of Nigeria.[1] She is also the founder of the Essential Media Group, a publishing company that publishes Essential Interior Magazine; a magazine on urban and contemporary interior design.[2]

Ogufere was elected as President-Elect of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) in 2017. She was announced as the 21st President of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) on 27 February 2020.[3] Making her the first President of African descent.[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Ogufere was born and raised in Nigeria. She attended Ahmadu Bello University, where she studied Mathematics and Library Science.[4][5] She went ahead to obtain a degree in Interior Design from Dublin. She thereafter obtained a Diploma in Events Management and PR from Dublin Business School.[6][4]

She went further to obtain a certificate in Editorial design from London College of Arts.[7]

CareerEdit

Ogufere started her career in 2000 at Design Options LTD. In 2002, she founded Essential Interiors, a furniture manufacturing and interdisciplinary practice with operations in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2004, she traveled to Dublin to broaden her education, while she kept her company running in Nigeria.[6] She served as an Ex-Officio Executive Committee member of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), a position she held for 5 years.[8]

In 2007, Ogufere founded Essential Media Group (EMG); a full-service media company that is into Publishing, Events and Digital Media. EMG publishes three leading magazines, organizes a design festival, two highly specialized exhibitions, two conferences, an awards gala, and has to date published over 25 books including This is Africa: Traditional Design, Modern and Contemporary (2017), In Conversation with Demas Nwoko  (2019) and Vernacular Design: Redefining the Narrative (2019).[9][10]

In 2017, Ogufere launched the African Culture and Design Festival, an exhibition geared towards showcasing traditional, modern, and contemporary African Art and Design. The event was organized by the Interior Design Association of Nigeria in partnership IFI, with the theme; This is Africa.[11]

In 2019, she launched Design Week Lagos (DWL), an annual event.[12][13] Design Week Lagos has played host to a number events across the city of Lagos, including; Design Kulture Exhibition, MADE by Design Show, Tourism Investors Forum, Sound for Design, Reflection for Happy Spaces, and Vocational Training Week.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2017-2019 IFI Executive Board |". Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  2. ^ "'We're reaching out to the world on a larger platform to showcase African design'". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 17 March 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  3. ^ Audu, David (4 March 2020). "IFI Announces Ogufere As New President". Independent. Retrieved 5 March 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ a b "PressReader.com - Your favorite newspapers and magazines". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Nigeria: Many People Are Tending Towards Minimalism - Titi Ogufere".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ a b "Titi Ogufere: Design is in my DNA". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 18 November 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  7. ^ "PressReader.com - Your favorite newspapers and magazines". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Titi Ogufere: Design is in my DNA". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 18 November 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  9. ^ "2020-2021 IFI Executive Board |". Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  10. ^ BellaNaija.com (29 October 2014). "Interior Design Industry Professionals Receive Awards on Excellence at IDEA (Nigeria) 2014 in Lagos". BellaNaija. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  11. ^ "IFI PRESS: 2017 IFI CONGRESS | African Culture & Design Festival | XXVIII (28th) General Assembly |". Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Design Week Lagos (DWL)". ArchDaily. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  13. ^ a b ""We want African design to be functional" says Design Week Lagos founder". Dezeen. 8 October 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2020.