The MAD House, an innovation hub situated at the University of Lagos waterfront, has been officially launched, as announced on Instagram. This development signifies a notable milestone for Tikera, a social enterprise founded by Bayo Omoboriowo, dedicated to the discovery and nurturing of creative talents across Africa.
Constructed from repurposed shipping containers, the MAD House is a key component of the University of Lagos waterfront redevelopment, led by the Nigerian Architecture practice Ruban Office. The master plan, initiated in 2018 under the leadership of Stephen Ajadi, was designed not only to revamp the waterfront but to establish an innovation “village” for the university’s creative students.
The MAD (Make A Difference) House, as the first phase of this redevelopment project, reflects the overarching commitment to a circular economy. Using entirely reused materials to construct the waterfront minimizes the environmental impact on the rich bio-ecosystems present on-site. The choice of shipping containers aligns with this sustainability goal and pays homage to the coastal and commercial character of Lagos.
With its official launch, the MAD House aspires to serve as a central hub for artistic expression, providing a distinctive environment for diverse creative pursuits. Positioned as a flagship initiative within the University of Lagos waterfront redevelopment, it signals the beginning of a fresh era in promoting innovation and creativity in Africa. The facility is anticipated to bring about positive impacts and create opportunities for talented individuals across the continent.