A street outside Makola Market, Accra (photo credit: Benggriff CC BY-SA 3.0)

At the CityLab Summit in London, Accra’s mayor, Alfred Oko Vanderpuiye, joined in a convening of, “preeminent mayors, urban scholars, architects, city leaders and innovators” to address problems facing metropolitan areas around the world. Vanderpuiye, who was named Africa’s best mayor in 2015, presented what he considered an innovative response to the congested streets in Accra’s central business district (CBD) — clogged with cars, trotros, and increasingly, street traders who cross from the sidewalks to the streets to sell goods to customers.

Vanderpuiye’s solution? He ordered red lines painted up and down the sidewalks, creating a boundary for the vendors.

A Street Art Festival Gives African Artists a Platform
to Show the World their ‘Indigenous Esoteric Knowledge’

In Accra, Ghana, where the bright yellows, reds, greens and blues of telcos, soft drink, alcohol and beer companies light up billboards, walls, and even houses, a festival filled with self-expression stands out as uniquely different.

And that’s the point. A handful of years ago, a group of arts and cultural programming institutions came together to evolve local and global ideas of “African art” from the ages-old focus on drums, carvings, masks and painted canvases to something that reflects Africa’s modern arts’ scene…

Victoria Okoye

Dreamer, writer, urban planner, @WIEGOGlobal urban advocate. Tweeting #urban development, #design, #publicspaces, #streetculture, etc. Carl Jung fan.

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