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OluTimehin Adegbeye

Inclusive Cities; The biggest problem facing cities today is not the rising rate of urbanisation, but rather the refusal of policy makers to adopt collaborative and responsive models of urban administration. This position is untenable regardless of its reasons for existing; be it intellectual and practical distance from the most pressing issues, power-mongering and personal interest, structural problems within governance that make long-term planning difficult, or a complicated combination of the above. 

To build inclusive and self-sustaining rather than self-cannibalising cities, we must move past narrow and exclusionary visions of urban progress. Instead, we must begin to look to the people within our cities, living and thriving in spite of existing inadequacies, for guidance on how to create and safeguard a sustainable shared future.


OluTimehin Adegbeye, born October 3, 1991, is a Nigerian writer, editor and activist. Her work concentrates on questions of gender, sexuality, poverty and feminism.

She was an editor at the Nigerian blogazine for two years, and is still a contributor. Adegbeye regularly writes about politics, gender and other social issues on ThisIsAfrica. Her writing has been published in different languages, notably English, Japanese and Norwegian. She is a correspondent for the Norwegian magazine Bistandsaktuelt and has also been published by Klassekampen. Her work in Norwegian has been used as background for textbooks in Norwegian junior colleges.

Adegbeye was one of the speakers at TEDLagos 2017. She was picked as a speaker for TEDGlobal in 2017. In 2015, OluTimehin Adegbeye participated in Chimamanda Adichie's Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop in Lagos. She is an alumna of the FEMRITE workshop in Uganda (2014) and the BRITDOC Queer Impact Producers Lab (2017).

OluTimehin Adegbeye is a prominent figure among Nigerian and African feminists of her generation. Through her website, blog, Twitter, journalism and online activism, she has gained a wide readership among feminists and activists. She is known for the way she combines her experiences as a single mother in a male-dominated Nigerian society with gender theory and social struggles. Adegbeye currently works as a communication officer with the human rights organization JEI in Lagos.