Exploring “Oxford Street”: Author Ato Quayson shares insights from new book

Book Cover for Prof. Ato Quayson's "Oxford Street: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism"

Prof. Ato Quayson’s new book Oxford Street: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism explores the history and dynamics of one of Accra’s most popular and globalized streets – the stretch of Oxford Street in the Osu district. Quayson is a professor of English and director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University… Continue reading Exploring “Oxford Street”: Author Ato Quayson shares insights from new book

African Urbanism’s in The Guardian! And more reasons you should follow their Cities site

African Urbanism author Victoria Okoye at Black Star Square (Independence Square) in Accra, Ghana. (Photo Credit: Abena Annan)

If you haven’t discovered it already, The Guardian has started a Cities site, thanks to funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. Here are some fantastic reasons why you should be following this initiative:

Reblog: In Accra, an art festival capitalizes on streetscape as public space in Jamestown

“In Ghana, what attracts people to places isn’t the [physical] space, it’s the event,” a friend said to me in conversation a few weeks ago. I was reminded of his words this past weekend, standing at the triangle-shaped Otublohum Square in Jamestown. As I watched, bike stuntmen paraded up and down High Street, doing tricks… Continue reading Reblog: In Accra, an art festival capitalizes on streetscape as public space in Jamestown

Reblog: “Accra’s Efua Sutherland Children’s Park has limited access”

Efua Sutherland Children's Park is full of potential, yet sadly empty. Photo Credit: Victoria Okoye/africanurbanism.net

The 12-acre green space in central Accra known as Efua Sutherland Children’s Park is one of the city’s largest parks. Situated in the city centre and proximate to the government ministries zone, the national theatre and the city’s largest hotel, one might expect the space to be busy on a typical weekend afternoon. But in… Continue reading Reblog: “Accra’s Efua Sutherland Children’s Park has limited access”

“A Changing Accra”: Residents discuss urban challenges and future in architecture-inspired forum

“When I look at Accra, I see a city that has an identity crisis,” said photographer and blogger Nana Kofi Acquah. “If you look at the city, there’s nothing that tells you where we were, where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.”