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West Africa has enjoyed independent rule for an average of 55 years to date. By the turn of the decade it will be two clear generations of Africans exposed to the benefits of self-determination in the defined sub-region.

The West African Architecture Festival (WAAF) seeks to celebrate the achievements of West African Architects, its architecture and the relationship with the allied professionals; its influence in the lifestyle, outlook and culture of the people in the sub Saharan region and its global impact. This is a gathering of professionals - with a focus to pioneer and drive change by harnessing our ability to innovate - an assemblage of problem solvers seeking to expand the boundaries of professionalism in the region.

WAAF is the platform where emerging professionals network with proven industry giants to proffer solutions to prevailing issues in the society as it relates to architecture and urban space.

The event

The practice of architecture over the years in West Africa is not without its challenges, architects have had to address political, economic and cultural challenges whilst attempting to keep pace with the rest of the world. There are constantly evolving technology, strategy and methods out there and we are required as a profession to address the demands of the public at large (building performance, energy consumption, incorporating recycled materials etc). Architects create new design concepts that repeatedly push the boundaries of how modern day construction is executed, this is why architecture is one of the few professions that is never static. In line with this thinking WAAF seeks to

* Create unity through continuous synergy among architects in the West African region.

* Showcase product innovation and creativity from the region

* Exhibit present and future trends in building construction technology.

* Build bridges connecting future architects and individuals with relevant skills in the industry.

* A forum for launching the West African Region of the African Union of Architects AUA.

* It will also form a platform for the celebration of the achievements of the West African region of the AUA to the public.

* WAAF will lead to the creation of an Industrial Park in the region, building capacity and developing human resources for the host communities.

What to Expect from WAAF

* Exhibition of Architects Works

* Exhibition of Student Works

* Exhibition of Building products

* Workshops and Seminars

* Arts and Crafts

* Tours

* Entertainment: Live Music Shows / Comedy Skits

* Cultural dances

Port Harcourt The Garden City

Port Harcourt, capital of Nigeria's oil rich Rivers State is the second largest city and urban centre in the south after Lagos. Port Harcourt is referred to as the garden city because of its beautiful scenery and lush landscape. The city was named after the then British Secretary of state for the colonies, Sir Lewis Viscount Harcourt in August 1913 even though it was founded earlier by Governor general Lord Lugard in 1912.

Located in the Niger Delta region and lying along the Bonny River 1 miles (66 km) upstream from the Gulf of Guinea. Port Harcourt is divided into the Urban Area with an estimated population of 2.7 million and the greater/rural Area which has a population of 3.7 million people.

The area that became Port Harcourt in 1913 was originally the farmlands of the Diobu village group of the Ikwerres, a sub-group of the Igbo people. The colonial administration of Nigeria created the port to export coal from the collieries of Enugu located 151 miles (243 km) north of Port Harcourt, During World War I, Port Harcourt was used as a point for military operations against the Central Powers in German Kamerun. After the discovery of crude oil in Oloibiri in 1956, Port Harcourt exported the first shipload from Nigeria in 1958. Port Harcourt became the centre of the Nigerian oil economy and it subsequently reaped benefits of its associations with the petroleum industry by undergoing modernisation and urbanisation. Port Harcourt's growth is further due to its position as the commercial centre and foremost industrial city of the former Eastern Region; its position in the Niger Delta; and its importance as the centre of social and economic life in Rivers State. From an area of 15.54 km2 in 1914, Port Harcourt has grown to an area of 360 km2.









This event is organized by THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS © 2018