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What will tomorrow be like? It will be more urbanised. It will also, agree various contributors, bear the imprimatur of China.

Issue #07



  • The Athletes

    Len Taunyane and Jan Mashiani participated in the 1904 Olympic marathon in St. Louis. But their story is far bigger than that, and tainted by an unanswerable silence

  • Worldly, young Nigeria

    What is the best way to represent Lagos without actually showing it? Nigerian artist and designer Karo Akpokiere thinks it’s through drawing

  • Informal Public Demands

    The stealth practices that occur at the intersection between formal and informal urbanisation, particularly in Latin America, are generating a different notion of the...

  • Africa in the New Century

    The emerging tacit consensus is that the destiny of our planet will be played out, to a large extent, in Africa. This planetary turn...

  • Playing the Housing Lottery in Africa’s Political Capital

    Ethiopia is one of the most heavily populated countries in the world, yet also one of the least urbanised. Over the past 35 years...

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Interviews and Conversations

  • Science#Fiction

    Science is not as prominent as it could and should be amongst the lay public in Africa. Nor is science fiction. Novelists Nnedi Okorafor and Lauren Beukes debate the reasons

  • A man of promise

    Storyteller and animation entrepreneur Roye Okupe has come up with a superhero for Africa’s new millennium

  • Informal Worlds Reader

    Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer spent five years researching informal marketplaces globally. Why? To better map and understand the spatial features of informal markets, but also to intuit the political and economic forces brought...

Photo Essays


  • Sean O'Toole
  • Tolullah Oni
  • Edgar Pieterse
  • Teddy Cruz & Fonna Forman
  • AbdouMaliq Simone
  • Lesley Lokko
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  • Achille Mbembe
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  • Megan Lindow
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  • Tanya Pampalone
  • Robert Neuwirth
  • Caroline Shannon & Pedro Henrique de Christo
  • Phil Harrison & Yan Yang
  • Maarten Hajer
  • Kilian Kleinschmidt
  • Alcinda Honwana