Dubai Fever

When I see cityscapes with the silhouettes of skyscrapers, I often wonder: how do these massive buildings make you feel in a city? Urban? Contemporary? Modern? Proud? Chic? Rich? Poor? Small? Addis downtown area and some other parts of the city are growing fast into the skies creating striking contrasts with older buildings that are […]

Addis is not decaf

The one thing hard to live without is the gift that Ethiopia gave to the world: good coffee. In Addis and throughout the country you can sip freshly roasted and brewed coffee just about anywhere, any time of the day. From temporary coffee tents to old Italian espresso machines to local coffee chains and trademarks […]

Tata no 36 to Guediawaye

The other day I hopped on a Tata bus no 36 that takes you from Ngor Garage to Guediawaye. These small Tata buses get packed with passengers very fast but on this particular trip I even had a seat! I like public transport in cities and not the least because using it really gives you […]

What is Afropolis?

You may wonder: what is Afropolis? It is my multidisciplinary art project in which I aim to communicate through image and sound some of the dynamics of living in Dakar, Nouakchott, Addis Ababa or Bamako, for starters. The idea for this sizzled in my head for the first time a long, long time ago when […]

Diamniadio

For some background regarding how the urban world is developing: it appears that for the first time in recorded history, a majority of the world’s population is now classified as urban. The United Nations forecasts that between 2010 and 2050 the urban population in developing countries is likely to almost double from 3.6 billion to […]

Afropolis : blog

This blog will have updates related to Afropolis. Blog entries will be multilingual and I encourage you to give feedback in any of the following languages: English, Arabic, Amharic, French, Hassaniya, or Wolof. FR Dans ce blog vous trouverez des mises à jour au sujet d’Afropolis. Les entrées du blog seront multilingues. Je vous encourage […]