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News at the Institute


Open City Lagos Book Launch is Here!

Working in conjunction with Heinrich Boll Foundation and Fabulous Urban, the Institute has put together the Open City Lagos Book (2016). A year-long labour of love, the publication relates various perspectives and case studies from around the world, the publication explores themes anchored on the inclusion and responsiveness of cities. The Launch which takes place over two days – Friday, March 4 2016 and Saturday, March 5 2016, consists of panel discussions, presentations, workshops and a cultural event which are aimed at broadening participants’ understanding of openness and its applicability in everyday urban life.

Download book here


The Hub Proposal: Creativity Across Disciplines


Following joint and independent stakeholder engagements with actors in the creative and cultural sector, in March of 2015, the Ford Foundation and the Goethe-institut commissioned Nsibidi Institute to prepare a proposal that considers the feasibility of establishing a dedicated space in Lagos, Nigeria to bring together cultural and creative production, capacity building, research and social change initiatives that will cater to the local community and the city at large.


This proposal is based on studies and engagement with the potential users and partners of the space and constitutes as the first phase of work towards the realisation of this initiative.

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Our Latest Videos


A Conversation with Efuntunde Etomi

Efuntunde Etomi shares personal accounts of her childhood and her experiences during the Nigerian Civil war.

Join the conversation, this video is a part of The Memory Project Nigeria an oral and visual history project developed to archive Nigerian history through the people’s voices.

We would love you to help us gather audio or visual recordings using new media recording devices which we intend to make widely available on an open-access memory bank. To find out how to get involved click here

Our Current Focus

Collective Memory


Bringing to the fore the role of the individual in shaping history and the relevance of his/her experiences to the collective memory.

Futures & Imaginaries


Historicizing the present to re-think the future through recollections of the past and its abandoned alternatives.

Contemporary Culture & Society

hm1 Understanding how contemporary life has and is being shaped in Nigeria.

Society & Space

hm4 Uncovering Nigeria’s formative stories and how the way we inhabit space has evolved over time.

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