Lagos Urban Development Initiative is an organisation that brings like-minded organisations and people together to advocate for a more inclusive, livable, and sustainable Lagos. We do this through collaboration, research and dialogue.
Lagos Urban Development Initiative, formerly known as the Lagos Urban Network, was formed in December 2016. We rebranded in August 2018, with our focus divided into three areas of urban progress – Lagos Urban Network, the Bridge Series, and Policy-Oriented Projects.
We strive to be a major agent of the push for better governance for the people of Lagos, in order to advance a Lagos that is a more livable, and socially inclusive space for its citizenry.
We are also aiming to help develop a state government that is responsive to the needs of its people, especially its young population, and to be the primary source for planning resources, professional contacts, and urban thought in Nigeria.
What We Do
We help build the local capacity for urban planning advocacy,
promote sustainable solutions that enhance Lagos’ functioning urban systems, and assist the federal and state governments in developmental and policy projects to improve the livability of Lagos.
We also help strengthen relations between the government and its citizenry,
promote participatory urban planning for underprivileged areas in Lagos, and encourage Lagos’ youth to be more active in the activities of the government through youth-centered events centered on collaboration, networking, and developing urban solutions.
At the heart of Lagos Urban Network are people who really care about the work we do
Director – Olamide Udoma-Ejorh
Olamide is an Urban Activist – researcher, writer, and artist, holding degrees in BSc Architecture, MA Design and MPhil Infrastructure Management. Olamide started her career in PR, giving her a business and marketing foundation. Olamide has worked in London, South Africa and Nigeria with various organisations focusing on transport management, slum upgrading and housing rights in urbanising African cities.
Currently based in Lagos, Olamide is engaged in bridging the gap between communities and their environment as the Executive Director at Lagos Urban Development Initiative. She is also a trustee at Open House Lagos and the Editor-in-Chief of the Lost in Lagos Magazine.
Events Manager – Tega Ogodo
Tega is the event manager of our monthly Bridge Series. She is currently an Urban Planning student at the University of Lagos, with interests in organizing and managing focus group discussions which include the opinion of citizens in developing Lagos.
Engaged in projects involved with documentation and data collection, Tega is also involved in mapping and survey projects in Lagos. She is currently exploring the role of technology in addressing social and economic inequality for her final year thesis; her study focuses on the effects of the ride hailing applications such as Uber, Taxify, Gokada and Matutu on the livelihood and social network of informal transport workers in Lagos.
Research Assistant – Adeposi Adeogun
Adeposi Stanley Adeogun is a Researcher, Writer, Student, and Urban Planning Enthusiast, with a degree in BSc Architecture (Hons.) and Masters in Environmental Design in view. He started his career working with Future Lagos, and was exposed to research around governance, public space and technology in Lagos. His key Research interest has to do with ‘Agro-Architecture’ and how urban farms in the Lagos Metropolitan Area can meet up to the growing food crisis. He has written and assisted writing of several Architecture Research Papers published in International Journals and Magazines.
In 2018, he represented Lagos Urban Development Initiative at the LSE Urban Age Conference in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. He has also worked with Open House Lagos as Volunteer coordinator for three Festival Years and is a recipient of a Student Scholarship from Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.
Project Manager – Yinka Jones
Yinka is a researcher, trainer and facilitator at seminars, speaker at conferences, a farmer and a writer. He is a Commonwealth professional fellow currently based in Lagos, Nigeria. Yinka has a BSc in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering and a certificate in Project Cycle Management. He is an award-winning social entrepreneur and an active player in the Nigeria’s renewable energy industry specializing in biodiesel and biogas production. He is also involved in the production of simple sustainable technologies for use in agro-allied industries.
As a development practitioner, Yinka’s experience and trainings, both locally and abroad – Germany, Israel and Scotland, cover areas like climate change, green growth, waste management, renewable energy, alternative financing (crowdfunding) for renewable energy projects, sustainable agriculture, policy and advocacy, etc. He is the founder of the AISAD Project, an initiative aimed at encouraging indigenous participation in the development of innovations towards the development of Africa.
Associate – Mobolaji Olagbaju
Mobolaji is a budding Urban Planner, currently holding a BA in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. He currently handles communications, social media engagement, and project assistance for the initiative.