Cycling the African city

It is well known that cycling is great exercise and a healthy pursuit. But also, using a bicycle to commute instead of a car, motorbike or public transport is a way to lower one’s carbon footprint and reduce noise in populated areas. It also allows for greater autonomy when moving around cities and takes pressure […]

Weekly news roundup: September 26, 2014

Cape Town to shut gay-friendly mosque. South Africa’s first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows women to lead prayers, must close, a local official has told the BBC. A City of Cape Town councillor says the newly established Open Mosque has violated municipal by-laws by not having any parking spaces. The mosque officially opened its doors on Friday […]

Walling in the one percent: Eko Atlantic

Perhaps the dream that drove the construction of the ‘Great Wall’ to protect Lagos from sea level rise is being hijacked to suit the elite?

Weekly news roundup: September 12, 2014

Islamist militants about to take Benghazi. Pro-government Libyan forces, already reeling from the fall of the capital, are fighting to prevent Islamist militants from seizing the eastern city of Benghazi and splitting the North African country into three warring parts. Three weeks after losing Tripoli to a different militia, the army now faces an offensive in […]

Future Nairobi and the media menace

Kichwateli, which means ‘TV-head’ in kiswahili, is a short film directed by the self-taught animator and graphic designer Muchiri Njenga. It is at once an Afro-futuristic and an almost-apocalyptic film but it’s also completely rooted in contemporary times.

Weekly news roundup: August 29, 2014

Kickoff for Nairobi‘s e-pay parking. The pilot project for the cashless payment of parking fees in Nairobi was launched on Haile Selassie Avenue on Monday. Jambopay Chief Executive Officer, Danson Muchemi says the five-day exercise will see motorists pay for their parking using their mobile phones or through agents located strategically on the street. – CAPITAL […]

Roads unsafe for pedestrians in African cities

Africa has the highest road fatality rates in the world for pedestrians, according to the World Health Organization report on pedestrian safety. The proportion of pedestrians killed in relation to other road users is 38 percent on the continent, compared to a global average of 22 percent. Data recorded in different African cities speaks for […]

Weekly news roundup: August 15, 2014

Lagos faces Ebola crisis. Nigeria has confirmed a new case of Ebola in the financial capital, Lagos, bringing the total number in the country to 10. The authorities in Lagos, which is sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city, have however appealed for volunteers because of a shortage of medical personnel exacerbated by a month-long doctors’ strike. – The Guardian. Benghazi fighters ignore […]

New master plan for Nairobi

The failure to realise much of Nairobi’s 1973 Nairobi Metropolitan Growth Strategy, combined with a need to plan a livable city for the estimated 5.2 million people that will live in Nairobi by 2030, has led to the development of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN).

Weekly news roundup: August 1, 2014

Citizens of Khartoum face floods and devastation. Torrential rains and ensuing floods paralysed daily life in large parts of Sudan’s capital of Khartoum on Wednesday. The heavy rainfall on Wednesday that continued from 1 a.m. until 2 p.m. led to the destruction of hundreds of homes. – Radio Dabanga. Challenges of urbanisation for African cities. Africa is second […]