“We want to change the way people see and imagine their city. We want to transform people’s perception of the city’s massive informal areas.” Those are the opening lines of People Live Here, a media campaign involving Amnesty International, disadvantaged communities and CMAP in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The aim of the campaign was to end forced evictions and allow people in such communities to make their voices heard.
The initiative is typical of CMAP, which stands for Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform. It was founded by Michael Uwemedimo and Simon Kennedy, who also direct the Human City Project, a community-driven media, architecture, planning and human rights movement in Nigeria.
Exploring design processes through which violently marginalized urban communities might gain a greater measure of control over their representation and the shaping of their cities, CMAP works with partners such as UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance.
Uwemedimo is also Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London and a founding member of the filmmaking collaboration, Vision Machine. As producer of the award-winning documentary The Act of Killing, he has been developing innovative approaches to documentary practice as a means of enabling critical reflection on histories of political violence and challenges to official impunity He lives and works in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.