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SMART CITY AFRICA PROJECT: Build a smart city and it will build many other smart cities

Smart City Africa Project is a comprehensive energy efficient project that is beneficial to people from all ages and classes. its benefits impacts from the slum residents to the high placed society individuals. Smart City Africa Project, just as the name suggests is a city project which comprises of residential, commercial, Industrial, social, educational, health, security, energy, technology and utility projects all in one city. It is a city that will be completely free from any form of fossil fuel for its power usage thereby making it a renewable energy powered city. The appealing nature of the project will create a huge demand for more of this city projects in more locations in Africa and even the world at large.

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How will it work?
   The Smart City Africa Project will have a pioneer location and due to all its industries energy efficient production and revenue generation, one city will be able to generate resources to build another city and in a space of 10years would have built over 10 cities across Africa.

Smart City Africa Project will be a huge success because of:
  • Abundant energy source (sunlight)
  • Population 
  • Funds (if funded by Investors, Public and private  as well as local and international funds)
  • Application of energy efficient technologies 
  • Enormous number of job creation
  • It will be a production hub for energy efficient products

What community does this idea benefit and who are the main players?

Smart City Africa Project is beneficial to African residents and visitors from all works of life, all ages, and the location choice will focus on rural areas which are abundant in unused land areas thereby depopulating the popular cities and building new and smart cities from the revenues and products of the Pioneer smart city. Because of the comprehensive nature of the city, It will impact lives in so many ways thereby creating a smart living culture among residents of the smart city.I see a sustainable future and a city like this would be a big step to creating that sustainable future, so far I have thought of several ways to create this future, well I came up with an Idea . since it takes a huge fund to make this project a reality, I thought of drawing up a 3D design of this plan and marketing it like an off plan project which will come with a price as well as incentives. Although my target might not be the low class population but I thought of the idea of selling citizenship's to this city with a starting price of $5000 individuals to $20000 for families and at this price citizens can benefit from free health care, a housing unit and security as well as business opportunities in the city. this can be achieved because Africans yearn to live in a better environment and for that price the middle class can really benefit from this, and since the first phase of this city is to set up energy efficient production lines which would be used in construction of the city, the low class can also benefit by having massive job creations.

How does your idea specifically help your community rapidly transition to renewables?

As a Smart City Project, powered by renewable energy, also a production hub for manufacturing of energy efficient products, which will be used to build more smart cities across Africa, the transition will be an unconscious and automatic one. As the demand for more smart cities will increase, especially due to the affordability of energy efficient living. I would like to add some further Statistics, the most populated city in Africa Lagos is approximately 1000km2 with a population of about 20 million people and the reason for the huge population because of the amount of production going on in the city. so if a new and smart city with 3 times the land mass and over 500 energy efficient production lines and over 1000 services and small companies and businesses, there will be a huge significance in the major cities depopulation as citizens will begin to seek employment in the new city and the Smart City Africa project is looking to be home to 5 million citizens.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

A plan is all it takes. if a plan of this city is designed and awareness is being created for the Smart City Africa Project, it will attract governments, investors, banks, communities, individuals and many more fund sources to partake in the project. choosing a location for a pioneer smart city in Africa, Nigeria by population is the largest populated country in Africa with major cities like Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. But the smart city best location would be the less populated locations that are close to the major cities such as Imo state, Akwa Ibom state, Cross river state etc..

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to connect with from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

The skills required for the Smart City Africa Project idea are as many as one can imagine Architects/ designers, Engineers, Technology experts, Accountants, urban city planners, renewable energy experts, and many more experts.

Please indicate which type of energy is most relevant to this post:

  • Solar

This idea emerged from:

  • An Individual

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Stanley ,

I am utterly lost for words and inspired. For the past 2 years I have been dreaming of elevating africa to the status of world leader via technology and energy due to the countries vast ammount of resources that have remained largely untouched. I am currently pursuing my associates degree before transferring to a 4 yr. institution however, I would love to collaborate in any way possible so we can get this off the ground and pass the idea phase.

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