Weekly urban news roundup: May 9, 2014

World Economic Forum lands in Abuja No fewer than 13 heads of state and about 1,000 delegates participate in the World Economic Forum, WEF, on Africa in Abuja. Ms Elsie Kanza, Director, Head of Africa, said that Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa has a great role to play in the region to ensure positive economic […]

Arts switch on in Harare

Last week Harare was the scene of one of the largest, most prestigious urban festivals in Africa. The city hosted the 15th edition of the Harare International Festival of the Arts, better known by its acronym HIFA, and considered by many as the Glastonbury of southern Africa, under the theme “switch on.” During this six-day multidisciplinary festival, which has […]

Weekly urban news roundup: April 25, 2014

Benghazi votes peacefully. Benghazi residents on April 19 voted to choose their municipal council in an atmosphere of hope and optimism about a better future. The chairman of election subcommittee, Abdel Wahab al-Feki, expressed his relief over the smooth flow of elections, which took place without any obstacles. –Magharebia. Small traders fear evictions in Kigali The city of […]

Sex and the city meets Accra

Ngozi, Zainab, Nana Yaa, Sade and Makena are five Ghanaian friends who, after living in the USA and UK for several years, return to Accra. This is the plot story of An African City, the online web series which premiered on YouTube in March and already has thousands of fans. Think Sex and the City […]

Money making and the Nairobi housing boom

It’s seven o’clock in the evening. In Ngong Road trucks drive past, returning masons and laborers to the slums on the outskirts of Nairobi. Meanwhile, on the terrace of a cafeteria, a man in a suit flips through a property magazine. The headline reads: “The fastest way to get your money back”. Nairobi is one […]

Weekly urban news round up: April 11, 2014

Kigali National Genocide Memorial filled with grief Screams and wails punctured the crowd at Rwanda’s Amahoro stadium in Kigali on Monday, as people were overcome with grief while listening to a survivor of the 1994 genocide tell his story. – RFI. More than 2,000 Somalis arrested in Nairobi Kenyan police have been carrying out raids in Nairobi’s […]

Wainaina on afropolitanism

In 2005, the Nigerian/Ghanaian writer Taiye Selasi penned an article, Bye-Bye Barbar, that introduced the world to a term that described a new generation of young, urban, multilingual and globally projected Africans: ‘Afropolitans.’ Since the term was coined its use has been controversial. Be that as it may, today Afropolitanism has been used in discussions about […]

Weekly urban news roundup: March 31, 2014

New protocol to restore Old Cairo. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab attended the signing of a cooperation protocol between the housing and antiquities ministries to resume the restoration of historical sites in Old Cairo. AllAfrica. Bujumbura restricts the areas of jogging. In Burundi, jogging has just become a high-risk activity. If you’re not careful – if […]

Weekly urban news roundup: March 17, 2014

Johannesburg is Africa’s busiest city for twitter The top tweeting cities in Africa have been revealed in a new study that seeks to analyse the behaviour of Twitter users. According to a study by strategic communications agency Portland, SA and Egypt are the most active on Twitter, with peaks for the Egyptian uprisings and the […]

Nairobbery: life in the fenced city

Last September the world was shocked by terrorist group al-Shabaab’s killing of 67 people in Nairobi’s Westgate mall. But long before al-Shabaab’s brazen mall attack, in retaliation for Kenyan military intervention in Somalia, Nairobi already had a reputation for being one of the most dangerous cities in Africa. So much so that it has earned […]