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Language and Identity: engendering a Fifth Age in (West) African architecture by Godson Egbo

Language and Identity: engendering a Fifth Age in (West) African architecture by Godson Egbo

A paper presented to the African Architecture Conference, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, 5-7 June 2007

From Traditional Residential Architecture to the Vernacular The Nigerian Experience by Cordelia O. Osasona

From Traditional Residential Architecture to the Vernacular The Nigerian Experience by Cordelia O. Osasona

The African continent is extremely diverse in culture – despite its comparatively small geographical size. Correspondingly, its indigenous architecture is far from homogeneous, and even though, all over the continent there are outstanding examples of what may be termed international-style architecture, for that very reason, they are far from being representative of the people’s folk building culture. Department of Architecture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

The Transformative Role of Culture and the Arts and its Impact on Africas Development by Joe Osae-Addo

The Transformative Role of Culture and the Arts and its Impact on Africas Development by Joe Osae-Addo

For most Africans, culture is embedded in our souls.It is an intrinsic quality that connects us. It talks about the collective, it addresses our heritage and roots,and it is something that pre-colonial Africa depended on for survival.

Why Have We Abondoned The Mud Hut by Joe Osae Addo

Why Have We Abondoned The Mud Hut by Joe Osae Addo

Gladys Ayoma, like all educated Moshi women are, quite opinionated and love to drink with their men. When I first met her she was arguing with the head of BNI (our equivalent of CIA), head of cultural affairs, head accountant and another gentleman at the local ‘drinking spot’ next to the police grounds, Tamale.

Traditional architecture of Issele-uku, Nigeria by Uba Bon - Richie

Cultural and Material Origins in Residential Design

Issele-Uku man, before the advent of the western culture, which brought a lot of changes/modifications to his way of life, lived in a rectangular shaped hut, which he called Uno in his dialect. This Uno was made of organic building materials: Laterite (aja – ocha) Bamboo Sticks (otoche), Leaves (akwukwo-uma) Water (miri) Woods (osisi) etc.

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