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Some of Africa’s most populous cities — Guardian Life — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

By Nonso Egbo

April 24, 2022 | 9:30 a.m.

Africa, home to around 1.3 billion people, is the second largest and most populous continent in the world, after Asia. Today, half of the world’s population currently lives in cities, and Africa has its fair share. Let’s take a look at some of the most populated cities in Africa, shall we? ! Lagos, Nigeria Think of a mall and think…

Lagos, the city that never sleeps. Photo World Academy of Tourism

Africa, home to around 1.3 billion people, is the second largest and most populous continent in the world, after Asia. Today, half of the world’s population currently lives in cities, and Africa has its fair share.

Let’s take a look at some of the most populated cities in Africa, shall we? !

Lagos, Nigeria

Think of a mall and think of “Lagos”. The largest city in Nigeria, it is in the top 10 fastest growing cities in the world with a population of around 24 million and has the fourth highest GDP in Africa. It also serves as the economic capital of the country. Should we forget, this is where one of the largest technological communities in Africa is located. Lagos is one of the largest and busiest seaports on the African continent. A city that makes money, the popular slogan, “if you can do it in Lagos, you can do it anywhere”, holds true in one of Africa’s financial hubs.

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Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is the city of a thousand minarets. It is not only the largest city in Egypt, but the second largest city in Africa with a population of 21.3 million. It is also the largest metropolitan area in the Middle East and the 15th largest in the world. Moreso, the Egyptian capital has the oldest and largest film and music industries in the Arab world.

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Kinshasa, DR Congo

Kinshasa is the third largest city in Africa, estimated between 13 and 14.9 million after Cairo and Lagos. Incredibly, it is the largest French-speaking city in the world.

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Welcome to the wealthiest city in Africa and one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world. Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city, with an estimated population of 10 million. It is considered the economic center of the African continent. No wonder it is the top destination of choice for job seekers across the continent.

Cape Town, South Africa

As South Africa’s second most populous city with around 4.7 million people, it prides itself on its harbour, natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region and sights such as the magnificent Table Mountain and Cape Point.

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Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi is the largest city in Kenya (9.6 million inhabitants) in terms of population and the fifth largest metropolitan city in Africa. Over time, it has grown to become a vital regional trading hub. It houses the regional headquarters of various major companies and international organizations.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Capital of Ethiopia, it is the largest metropolitan city in the country. Its 5 million inhabitants make it the 14th most populated city in Africa. Addis Ababa is the hub of the country’s transportation network and that is why several roads connect it to other major cities.