Episode 7: How OFF TO Magazine is Celebrating African Cities One Issue at a Time

October 05, 2021
Episode 7: How Off To Magazine is Celebrating African Cities One Issue at a Time | Urban Limitrophe | #offtomag #anafricancitystory

In this episode, I speak with Liz Gomis, about the inspiration and process of developing OFF TO Magazine. OFF TO Magazine is a bilingual, biannual magazine available online and through print, that explores African Cities through the eyes of local citizens.  Each issue centers around one African city and uses the experience of local journalists, writers, artists, architects, urban planners, historians, and more, to dispel some myths about the city and share why it is a region worth heading off to.

In this episode, you'll learn about:

  • how OFF TO Magazine lets the local citizens of each featured city guide the content of each issue,
  • common misconceptions about Africa and how they negatively shape the rest of the world's understanding of its various cities, regions and people,
  • why there needs to be a more holistic representation of African cities in popular media, 
  • how the magazine connects Africans across the diaspora, 
  • and much more!

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University of Toronto School of Cities

This episode is sponsored by the University of Toronto School of Cities and co-supported by the Department of Geography and Planning. The School of Cities "convenes urban-focused researchers, educators, students, practitioners and the general public to explore and address complex urban challenges, with the aim of making cities and urban regions more sustainable, prosperous, inclusive and just". To learn more about their work visit www.schoolofcities.utoronto.ca.


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