This is the fourth edition of the Quartz Africa Innovators, our annual series identifying some of the most ambitious and imaginative minds on the continent. The 30 movers and thinkers on this list range across fields from the arts and science to technology and entrepreneurship and beyond.
@NabilaAlibhai- Public spaces consultant
How do we transform urban centers into pluralistic, safe, healthy public spaces, and responsibility for our shared spaces? In an increasingly divided world, can physical spaces be used to unite different communities? Nabila Alibhai’s work revolves around questions like these.
The founder of Kenya-based cultural lab inCOMMONS, Alibhai has worked on projects in Tanzania, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the US. She’s conducted civic leadership exercises with students, mapped neighborhoods to make them cleaner and greener, and promoted eco-tourism. In 2016, the inCOMMONS project Color in Faith saw Christian and Muslim volunteers in Kenya paint houses of worship an “optimistic yellow” to celebrate unity in diversity.
Projects like these, Alibhai says, show people they have more in common than they think. “We are using co-created art to bring hope, imagine new realities, facilitate communication and dialogue, and provide connection and catharsis,” she says.
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