From Patches of Villages to a Municipality: Time, Space, and Expansion of Wa, Ghana
The number of people living in Africa exceeded the one billion mark in 2009 out of which 395 million subsisted in cities (UH-HABITAT 2012). Predictions are that if unchecked, this number will be threefold the current figure by 2050. Such congregation of people in African cities can have both negative and positive effects. The negatives include social exclusion and environmental degradation among others. The positives on the other hand may include the power to revolutionize and house more people within a smaller area at a lower cost. Africa’s urbanization has also led to intense expansion and changes in land use patterns (Osumanu 2009). The expansion, mainly in the form of residential and industrial development, has drastically changed the physical environment. At the core of the expansion are combinations of natural forces which work together with other anthropological landscapes to give meaning to the whole expansion process (Alnsour 2016).
In contemporary times,...
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