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Smart city initiatives in Africa

The world has been calling itself smart ever since the technology was initiated and became a part of everyday lives. From smartphones to refrigerators, televisions, doors and many other devices that have been affected by it, everything has been called so particularly, because they can do a number of tasks without the need of human intervention.

Taking it further, a concept of smart cities were introduced that believes in incorporating the state of the art facility across various chores such as transportation or resource utilization to give a more comfortable life to its residents. This is something that most of the countries are implementing and as a result, there are various smart city initiatives being undertaken on the planet.

Africa’s smart cities

There are various smart city initiatives across the African nations trying to give the citizen an easier life.

  • Konza Techno City in Kenya – With an area of over 5000 acres, the plan is to ensure that the city becomes the Silicon Valley of Kenya. It is expected to be a technology hub by the end of 2030 and the programs are primarily focused on fields of communication, life sciences, education as well as IT. They are also planning to include embedded systems technology within the framework.
  • Eko Atlantic in Nigeria – One of the most wonderful smart city initiatives across the continent, Eko Atlantic covers an area of 2400 acres and is planning to build a self-sustainable energy source as well as an optical fiber network for communication. It is touted to be one of the most ambitious projects and is expected to create over a quarter of million jobs after completion.
  • Hope City in Ghana – Made with a purpose to be an IT giant, the city is already planning to build the tallest tower in Africa that would help the cause. The planning has been done with the help of professional architects from overseas and the city is planning to provide fifty thousand people with a job once the construction is complete.
  • Vision City in Rwanda – This is one of the prime examples of how smart city initiatives look like as the urban modification houses the largest residential project in the continent. The plan is to bring in new ideas to help Africa become a world-class tech hub and with an investment of a little under $2 billion, the city is planning to provide homes to over 22,000 people.
  • Waterfall City in South Africa – This project combines jobs with leisure activities and has had an intensive strategy to support it. With the estimate completion scheduled in 2025, the project aims to create a lifestyle that has an equal amount of work and quality time for its residents. The land it covers is close to 2200 hectares whereas the estimated workforce it is capable of hiring is 86,000.

Thus, these smart city initiatives are what will drive the continent of Africa into a world-class facility and give its residents the life they have always dreamt of having.

Author : JOY OBADOBA

Born on 21st of April into a family of 4. She had risen in career and academics. She is an urban planner, amiable and passionate about planning in Nigerian cities.

22 thoughts on “Smart city initiatives in Africa

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      This idea of smart cities help to provide home for many people across the world.

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      SMART CITIES
      The city becomes smart when technology has taking over every of their activities. Such as good roads, smartphone, television and so many electronics device that can perform mainly all their daily activities. It could have been a great thing if all cities in Nigeria can be smart, but to my own opinion before the technology can works or perform some function perfectly in Nigeria, we need to change our mine set what it mean is that all Nigerians needed to maintain “LAW AND ODER” because without law and order technology cannot work effectively in this country. Take for instance Traffic Light in Nigeria, when the light is asking us to stop, we will not I.e we disobey the law and order, so for me before technology can work or for us to have a smart cities, we needs to obey LAW AND ORDER.

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      What makes a smart cities project work successful is nothing but innovation and technology
      And it’s all about- more than technology
      Whenever we talk about smart cities, we tend to focus on the technology. But it’s people who make that technology do incredible things. And it’s the people that are the gap for many cities.
      “It’s not just a technical skills gap. There’s also a huge soft skills gap,”/ “People should be our priority.”
      when town planner has started by rewriting job descriptions. It used to be that 80 percent of those descriptions emphasized various skills. Deemphasized were skills like collaboration, conflict resolution, customer service, and so on.
      “i have now flipped that, “A good town planner said ” “All of those are more important than the technical skills.”
      It’s also all about trust
      the very nature of collaboration changes in every interaction. Sometimes it’s win-win. Sometimes it’s win-lose for a longer-term win.
      In order for collaboration to succeed, a key ingredient is trust and that’s an area of concentration in smart cities initiaties.
      particularly to build relationships with residents and the private sector. And the focus is to be open and transparent by working to build bridges wherever there can. Canada’s smart challenge with a $50 million prize has pitted many cities against each other. In her case, it formed a closer relationship with Calgary.

      And it’s about delivering on your promises.
      One dangerous pitfall that cities must work to avoid is to continue delivering in their core areas, even as they invest effort in new initiatives.
      it’s important to realize that cities have fundamental responsibilities that they cannot afford to neglect as they add new capabilities.
      “The biggest risk is losing track of the fundamentals that we need to do every day, which helps cities use technology to become more livable, workable and sustainable.
      ” i further predicted that the cities would formulate partnerships and that proved to be true. When you aggregate all the matching funds that all the cities came up with, it was in excess of $500 million,” it noted. “In Columbus’ case, they have very strong private-public partnerships and were able to put together $90 million from various parts of their business and civic community.”

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      The smart city market is rapidly growing to a predicted volume of $158 billion in 2022 and many interested groups hope to profit from that . It is not just lucrative for tech-companies to develop the hardware and software, but also to offer additional services. Among other things, most cities are not capable of handling the newly acquired influx of data, inferring meaningful insights or monetising it, which is why city governments look for help in the private sector. Due to a lack of skilled IT personnel, cybersecurity is also often outsourced.
      Owing to the popularity of smart cities, political decision-makers can use smart city projects for branding while stimulating investments. Unfortunately, there is a huge
      technology-knowledge gap in politics, inhibiting the development of reasonable strategies. The lack of knowledge is compensated for by seeking assistance from third parties that might have their own agenda.
      This dependence on the private sector induces a positive reinforcement of close collaboration between city governments and businesses, leading to even more exclusion of normal citizens.
      False incentives from smart city rankings
      Analysing the methodologies and measured indicators of the smart city rankings that have gained attention in the media, it becomes obvious that inhabitant-centricity and citizen engagement only play a minor role. smart cities initiatives is a good reasons.

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      (MUSA SEIDI/ESM/ND/041

      Yes because By this three methods we may learn wisdom: to develop our environment First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

      say by MUSA SEIDI that is my own observation.

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      By this three methods we may learn wisdom to develop our city First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

      MUSA SEIDI/ESM/ND/041

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      Smart cities in Africa makes life easy for it citizens and also make transportation more easier and cheaper to them.
      The initiative is a good one because it will drive the continent of Africa in to a world class facility and give it residents the life they dream of.

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      this is nice,more grease to your elbow.

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      Is a very good welcoming development,I wish them success, I will really appreciate if they can extend it to my own state here in lokoja in kogi state.

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      Smart cities are good but I think that what Africa needs now is the development of the rural areas not the redevelopment of the already developed cities .If the rural areas are not developed by the time this smart cities are created their will be rural-urban migration which will be bad for those cities.

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        you are indeed correct. However, the world is rapidly developing and many initiatives for cities growth including best practices introduced. Do you think that the failure of Africa to develop its cities especially the rural; communities should hinder the urban centres?

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      Smart city initiatives in african is a welcomed idea towards restructuring africa to compete or be like other countries in the world. The seege of poorverty in most of the african countries in highly alarming, but it is believed that, by the help of thesubject matter(smart city initiativesin africa)if duly implemented and materialized will help in taking African to an outstanding levels.Besied’ it will help in providing jobs for the jobless youth and also it will encourage education to be a word for every ctizens scross African states.

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      This initiative Is very important if been properly implemented especially in Nigeria, as it will help to achieve sustainable development goals in Africa

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      Interesting.

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      Urban planes has done a great things.

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      This is very wonderful and interesting

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      The idea of smart cities also provide easy lifestyle of people living in an environment and also make transportation more easier and it will contribute to development of the African society.

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      I agreed with you. Ibrahim IDRIS tenimu reg p/18/007

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      by this step or method, Nigeria and Africa will grow and also provide employment for her teeming youth/graduate.p18/016.

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      Name;Adaji ojone joy FPI/ND/ESM/17/B/097

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      Waw what a an aesthetic place how i wish is my place.

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      The smart city initiative has made the most brilliant ideology that will develop the cities around Africa, and for the betterment of the citizens.

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