Black Panther featured the fictional African country of Wakanda with its fascinating landscape, people and cutting-edge tech…
But did you know Africa is home to some of the World’s most futuristic cities?
One: Centenary City, Abuja
Centenary City is a planned city, located in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. It is an ambitious project by the Federal Government to build a smart city along the same lines of as Dubai, Monaco and Singapore. The city is to be built from scratch on a 1,260 hectares piece of virgin land located several kilometres southeast of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
The concept of the city was mooted as project to mark the 100 year anniversary of Nigeria by January 1, 2014, during President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. It is to be private-sector driven.
Two: Safari City, Tanzania
The Safari City is a new city planned on the foot of the Mount Meru in Arusha province. The site is close to some of the most attractive natural area of the world such as the Kilimanjaro national park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The uncontrolled sprawl of the recent decades has made it necessary planning a new dense and mixed use centre. The Tanzania National Housing Corporation aim is to create a new pole with high quality services for residents and an attractive gateway for the visitors of the region.
Three: Ebene Cyber City, Mauritius
Ebene is a suburb on the island nation of Mauritius, Construction began in November, 2001, with the suburb being promoted as a new information technology hub for Mauritius and as a link between African and Asian markets. As a result, it is also referred to as Ebene Cybercity or Cybercity.
It is a cluster of modern skyscrapers from afar. Both an urban planning disaster and – for many proud Mauritians – the very definition of modern office life, Cybercity was first proposed by the government in 2001 as a high-tech hub, and now houses almost 25,000 mostly educated, middle-class workers during the week. While the development can be criticised for a shocking lack of cohesiveness, poor public transport, limited parking or even difficult access by foot, its creation did bring many aspects of modern connected life to Mauritian workers.
Four: Hope City, Ghana
HOPE City is a planned technology park to be built at Prampram, Greater Accra Region, Ghana It is being undertaken by Rlg Communications. HOPE City is an acronym for Home, Office, People and Environment. The project is expected to be completed in three years and is estimated to cost $US 10 billion. One of its towers will become Africa’s tallest building.
HOPE city has been regarded as a great opportunity to create a “pilot project” for a sustainable real estate development in Ghana and Africa, in accordance to LEED Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.
After an economic downturn in Ghana and scandal regarding Rlg Communications, construction on the project has yet to begin and no new construction timeline has been set.
Five: Eko Atlantic City, Lagos
Eko Atlantic, officially Nigeria International Commerce city, is a planned city of Lagos State, Nigeria, being constructed on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean. Upon completion, the new peninsula, which is still under development is anticipating at least 250,000 residents and a daily flow of 150,000 commuters. The development will also have a positive environmental impact, as it will help in stopping the erosion of Lagos State’s coastline. Eko Atlantic is expected to rise as the next generation of property on the African continent; having a total of 10 districts, spread across a land area of approximately 10 square kilometres (3.9 sq mi), the city will satisfy needs for financial, commercial, residential and tourist accommodations, with a state of the art high tech infrastructure in line with modern and environmental standards.