AFRICAN URBANISM explores West African cities’ development trajectories,highlighting both urban challenges and opportunities through visually exciting and intellectually engaging perspectives. As an offline initiative, AFRICAN URBANISM engages communities in targeted public space improvements (learn more). AFRICAN URBANISM aims to serve as a local-global platform that pushes for an intricate, nuanced understanding of West Africa’s spaces.

AFRICAN URBANISM is created by Victoria Okoye, an urban planner and urban development researcher based in Accra, Ghana.


Interested in collaborating with us? Here’s how: Submit your questions, article ideas, theses, essays and photos to be featured on African Urbanism. Contact for more information.


Intern with African Urbanism
African Urbanism is an urban-focused online initiative exploring West African cities’ urban development trajectories, and an offline initiative to engage communities in targeted public space improvements (learn more about African Urbanism). African Urbanism pushes for a progressive platform that showcases the intricacy of West Africa’s spaces, educating and highlighting both urban challenges and opportunities. In a few years, African Urbanism has expanded its reach globally, covering urban development issues across the region, presenting on public spaces and urbanism in Accra, Ghana; Beirut, Lebanon, Cape Town, South Africa; and Barcelona, Spain, and has been featured as one of the “best city blogs around the world” by Guardian Cities.

Opportunities: AFRICAN URBANISM seeks to expand its reach and content, and is opening up opportunities for learning for young students/recent graduates in urbanism/urban planning:

  • Writers (based in Accra, Ghana or another African city) with a passion for urbanism journalism and social media to contribute weekly website articles, support our online discussions, social media engagement and development
  • Researchers (based in Accra, Ghana) to conduct fieldwork on informality, placemaking and public space in Accra, Ghana. This field internship is the second phase of a research project on public spaces in the city.

If you are creative, energetic, and eager to learn, and can commit to a four-month internship (June through September), send your CV, cover letter and availability to: hello [at] africanurbanism [dot] net.