The continent needs to find ways of improving urban life. Will these eye-catching projects prove to be white elephants, offering solutions for only a lucky few who can afford them?

In June the Nigerian Smart Cities Initiative was launched to encourage the integration of ICT innovations into urban infrastructure.

Is this Nigeria's answer to Dubai? Eko Atlantic is the ambitious multi-billion dollar project that aims to transform Lagos, the country's most populated city. Its creators want it to become the new financial hub for Nigeria -- bringing in 150,000 commuters every day.

EKO Atlantic, the answer to Dubai.  A very ambitious project to transform Lagos

probably will be the largest real estate project in Africa

it is being constructed over 10 square kilometers of reclaimed land from the Atlantic ocean