The Miracle City: Pentecostal Entrepreneurialism and the Remaking of Lagos

In the extant literature on African cities and urban lifestyle, one component of Lagos’ megacity makeup is noticeably absent.  This often overlooked or under-represented feature is that Lagos is truly a “Miracle City” – a city sited at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, with a manifest peril of being swallowed up hovering over it… Continue reading>

The Healing City: Faith of Unity Prayer Camp in Kapyemi, Uganda

Religion, health and healing are intricately interwoven and inseparable in traditional African worldviews and societies. Among many African peoples, religion is as much a way of dealing with critical issues such as managing illness, addressing the threat of death and what happens after death, as well as creating and maintaining community life. The ‘good life’… Continue reading>

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>