A Woman’s World Film

While research shows that women have particular needs and uses within cities, these considerations are often insufficiently factored into urban planning and development processes. Heinrich Boll Foundation and Nsibidi Institute, under the Open City Lagos project, put together A Woman's World, a two-part event series consisting of a workshop and discussions to explore and promote gender responsiveness… Continue reading>

The City that Prays: How Religious Practices Affect the City

In recent years, religion has noticeably morphed and expanded in tandem with rapid urbanisation in developing cities. The prevalence and pervasiveness of various expressions of worship culture is shaping the urban experience and informing urban habits. In direct correlation to this, religious organisations are wielding more and more political, economic, and socio-cultural influence. This increasing… Continue reading>

A Woman’s World: Building an Equitable City

Rising concerns about the gaps in planning consideration for women and girls in cities gave rise to A Woman's World event series. The series brought together practitioners and stakeholders in a series of discussions and workshops to answer questions, tackle issues and open up the dialogue for gendered responses in programming and planning solutions A… Continue reading>

Learning from Lagos: A City of New Meaning

From everyday encounters to planning considerations, Kingsley Iweka shares his reflections on the city of Lagos drawing from recent conversations at the Heinrich Boll and Nsibidi Institute’s Open City Lagos Brainstorming Brunch held in April 2015. As one of the project’s shortlisted candidates, he speaks within his personal capacity as a writer coming to terms… Continue reading>

Between the Lines: A Review of Phillip’s ‘Another Man’s War’

Stories of African war experiences during WWII are few and little known. Former BBC correspondent to Africa, Barnaby Phillips helps narrow that gap with his book, Another Man’s War, the personal history of Isaac Fadoyebo, a Nigerian-born Burmese War veteran. Noo Saro Wiwa’s persuasive review suggests it is at once a sensitive exploration of the… Continue reading>

Tracking Captain Savage: The Forgotten Pioneer of African Military History

Sparked by a single clue from WWII Burma, Ed Keazor recounts the hurdles and dead-ends in his quest to uncover the identity of a mysterious military doctor amidst reservations regarding name, ethnicity and the discrepancies between the history books and official records. Earlier in November I was approached to moderate the launch of former BBC… Continue reading>