Welcome to HMKV's blog.

This blog currently documents a research trip to twelve former Soviet Republics for a new regional project of the Goethe-Institut (2015-17). Earlier entries document the "Afro-Tech and the Future of (Re-)Invention" research trip to Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria (10-25 April 2014, Anne Bergner and Inke Arns), and the INDUSTRIAL on Tour trip to five industrial cities in Poland (27 Sep - 9 Oct 2011, Thibaut de Ruyter, Inke Arns et al.)

Lagos: NEST (Nurture Emancipate Strategise Target)

"NEST (Nurture Emancipate Strategise Target) is an ideas to fruition platform which aims to help person(s) with ideas realize their dreams of making meaningful products beneficial to humanity (society) by providing a conducive physical space and virtual (online) environment for tinkering, experimenting and connecting them with a supportive community of like minds, mentors and funding to help realize their set out objectives, goals and projects."


Chika Okafor
A self taught designer, entrepreneur & producer of Maker Faire Africa 2012 Nigeria. A connector / catalyst with interests in designs for social good & entrepreneurship.

Emeka Okafor
An entrepreneur/venture catalyst who lives in New York City. His blog, Timbuktu Chronicles spurs dialogue in entrepreneurship, technology and scientific methods in Africa.

Ugo Okafor
An Architect with vast experience in Asia, Africa & Europe with interests in sustainable tropical architecture with an emphasis on adaptation of local materials to the built environment.