Tosin Oshinowo Has Designed the Ngarannam Village in Nigeria

A displaced community village was designed by architect Tosin Oshinowo. Located in northwest Nigeria and dubbed the Ngarannam village, this project is intended to support people whose settlements were destroyed by Boko Haram.

This is a joint venture, supported by the Nigerian Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Tosin Oshinowo designed the displaced community village with 500 homes that are arranged in a grid. The center of the village is occupied by communal buildings—from gathering spaces to life necessities.

Ngarannam includes a health clinic, a colorful marketplace, a community center, and a school, as well.

When designing this project, Tosin Oshinowo took cues from local cultural aesthetics and understanding of function, the environmental terrain, as well as the existing resettlement—residents had already begun building before the onset of this project.