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The first 'techopolis' - Hope City - to be built in Africa sooner than you think

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 1st, 2013
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One of the most ambitious and amazing construction projects in the world is about to begin in Ghana. Dubbed, "Hope City" a $10 billion project intended to make the West African nation an international hub of high tech innovation. The mega-structure that will form the core of the city is unique in all the world in its design.

ACCRA, GHANA (Catholic Online) - For a few weeks more, the quiet flatland covered in bushes and a few trees will remain as it has been for thousands of years. However, by June, it will become a bustling construction site.

Hope City will rise here, launched by Ghanaian President John Mahama for the princely sum of $10 billion and will be completed in three years.

Hope City is the brainchild of Ghanian businessman, Roland Agambire, 39, who is himself the leader of the regional tech firm, RLG Communications.

Agambire's vision is to build an ultra-modern, hi-tech city in Ghana to serve as an international hub for technology. Within three years, the African landscape will be graced with what may prove to be the most unique structure built on the continent since the Pyramids.

Hope City will be comprised of six towers of various heights, each one a skyscraper, and attached to the other with a massive concentric, spiraling hallway. Within the city, an estimated 25,000 residents will live and a total of 50,000 people will work.

The unique, rounded design of the city is inspired by the ancient mud and thatched huts which are typically arranged into a compound in traditional society. The arrangement is designed to facilitate communal living. Hope City will do the same.

Within Hope City will be factories for building tech products, an IT university, office spaces, a hospital, and even restaurants, theaters, and sports facilities.

 Africa is ripe for innovation and Hope City is not unique in its intent. Other countries, most notably, Kenya, are already constructing or planning similar projects, although they are not all as futuristic as Hope City sets out to be.

Africa has long been a source of food and raw materials for the rest of the world. For once again, after centuries of imperialism and conquest, both physical and economic, the continent will become a trend-setter and an innovator, as the continent was in the distant past, and Hope City will be part of that future.

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