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Events are an integral part of the Institute’s activities, allowing us to share our findings and the works of those we partner with, whilst also forging a space for the convening of multi-disciplinary thought. Ranging in degree of formality and size, our formats include exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, lectures, paneled discussions and conferences. Selected modes are tailored to the particularities of project’s objectives and its participants – whether it is to communicate an idea, exchange know-how, throw light on a topical issue or carve out deliberative space for debate and reflection.

In a bid to enrich the Institute’s intellectual community, we take a flexible approach, allowing events to be tied to a particular programme or centered on a topical subject or discovery that sits outside our thematic priorities. Collectively, these activities contribute towards the establishment of a public forum, encouraging interaction and critical thought, moreover infusing our discourse spaces with a powerful diversity of voices.


The Open City Lagos Book Launch is here!

OCL-E-Poster-2Heinrich Boll Foundation, Nsibidi Institute, and Fabulous Urban, are happy to present the Open City Lagos Book, a culmination of a year-long investigation of various interpretations of ‘openness’ within the context of the ‘megacity’ of Lagos, as a well as number of cities across the globe. We would like to invite you to the publication launch which will be held on March 4th at the Goethe Institute, 4th Floor, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos. Registration begins at 8:30AM. As part of the launch event, we will be holding two workshops on March 5th 2016 from 10:00 – 13:00 in Ikoyi and Yaba. The workshops will be hosted by a team of local and international facilitators, and are open to urban practitioners, architects, researchers, students, photographers, sociologists, and journalists. If you would like to register or find out more, please send an email to:





Habitat III Workshop

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (HABITAT III) Africa Regional Meeting brought together leaders, stakeholders and policy makers from across the continent to highlight and deliberate on pertinent issues confronting Africa’s rapid urbanisation. As Nsibidi Institute is at the forefront of conversations which provide extensive contextual background to socio-cultural development challenges in Nigeria, the institute was present at the proceedings

From February 24-26 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria, delegates deliberated on issues ranging from the growing youth population in many cities, to planning for gender equality, strategies for housing provision, decentralisation of governance, development strategies for rural areas, and financial planning for cities. The conference resulted in the Abuja Declaration which will support the outcome of the HABITAT III Conference in Ecuador in October, 2016. The declaration is a unified charter that is representative of Africa’s strategic outlook and contribution to the New Urban Agenda. It is a statement of commitment to infrastructure provision, development integration and institutional support to facilitate the creation of people-centred, resilient, and inclusive human settlements which will boost holistic growth and enhance global partnership opportunities in Africa


BMM Kicks off at BIG 60

BMM_Big60_Front_page_webYou may be surprised by the power of a single conversation. Whether it is how you fared during the June 12th riots of 1993 or best impression of Daddy Showkey, our stories provide a multi-faceted account of the moments that shaped Nigeria in living memory.

To spark conversations this year, the Institute joins forces with ‘a Whitespace, Lagos to realise the #memorybooth at BIG 60. This is part of Between Memory & Modernity, an open multimedia platform where all can share memories, photographs and other keepsakes of Nigeria in the latter half of the 20th century. Stop by to share a memory or join the conversation online.