The rising population in Nigeria contributes to the socio-economic challenges the country is faced with. For example, housing, transportation, health, electricity, and security. Engaging with all aspects of urbanism research is critical for socio-economic development in Nigeria and Africa. It stresses the effect of physical forms, demography, economic systems and governance structures on daily lived and collective experiences. With these realities, this project ideates a research institute to pioneer studies on African Urbanism. It will be situated in Lagos state and extend to other parts of Nigeria later on. This initiative is facilitated by the African Contemporary Institute of Design in collaboration with the Cambridge Institute for African Urbanism (CIAU). With the current rate of socio-economic development in Nigeria, this will be an opportunity for greater impact and knowledge creation.