Africa

Your Road Trip, Reimagined as a Glorious 16th Century Map

Connie Brown will translate your personal adventure into a wall-sized keepsake worthy of Magellan.

South Africa's Risk-Loving Train Surfers

A stunning short film finds out why young men in the city of Kathlehong jump on moving rail cars despite the obvious, and potentially fatal, danger.

On the Set in Nollywood

One photographer's behind-the-scenes look inside this gigantic, high-volume film industry.

Belgium's Africa Museum Tries to Shed Its Colonial Past

With a $90 million renovation, officials hope to add fresh context to the century-old museum.

This Is What Informal Transit Looks Like When You Actually Map It

An experiment from Nairobi with implications for the urbanizing world.

The 'Ruralization' of Urban Areas

The distinction between city and countryside is disappearing, creating a raft of new problems that disproportionately hurt women.

Life in Apartheid-Era South Africa

Gripping photos show what decades of segregation looked like in Nelson Mandela's home country.

A Fascinating Glimpse of Daily Life in Mogadishu

A photo essay from Somalia's once war-torn capital.

Setting Your Store Apart in a City Where Few People Can Read

Burkina Faso has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. Here's how vendors draw people into their architecturally repetitive kiosks.

In Africa, Burying the Dead Is Big Business

Funerals are lavish affairs and, often, a burdensome expense.

Massive Flames Engulf Nairobi's Airport

International passengers are still stranded while officials come up with alternative plans.

How Africa's New Urban Centers Are Shifting Its Old Colonial Boundaries

The continent's booming new economic zones are outstripping the ability of weak central governments to retain their hold on them.

Why Would Anyone Want to Cover Marrakech's Beloved Open-Air Market in Concrete?

Proof that any project can garner accolades if it's eccentric enough.

Los Angeles Ponders Morality of Circus Elephants: This Week in Bans

Also, Mumbai outlaws spitting tobacco on buses and Swaziland bans clothing that could tempt men to rape.

Husbands Can No Longer Rape Wives in the Solomon Islands: This Week in Bans

Also, Portland's City Council rushes to remove agitators, and Uganda's biggest city decides to get rid of single-family houses.

No, Urbanization Does Not Inevitably Improve a Country's Economy

This new chart from the World Bank charts the uneven relationship between urbanization and GDP in Africa.

One Idea for Crime-Prone 'Hoods: Fill Them With Fake Crowds

An artist uses special effects to make dangerous public areas appear like bustling marketplaces.

Africa's Urbanizing, But Not How You Think

Urban growth isn't necessarily streaming in from the countryside.

Grisly Public-Bathroom Collapse in Ghana Claims 1 Life

Here's your extra-sad edition of Toilet Tuesday, news from loos across the world.

Where Urban Land Growth Is About to Explode

Regions where urbanization is likely to increase by 2030, and where it will have the most impact.