Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Top 10 Largest Cities In Africa 2018

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TOP 10 LARGEST CITIES IN AFRICA
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Africa is a land blessed with so many natural resources,the
only real problem Africa has is bad leadership which has stunted the growth and development of the continent.

In this article we shall quickly take a look at the top 10 largest and fastest growing cities in Africa. 


Africa is made up of 54 recognized countries with a collective population of more than 1.2 billion people which accounts for over 16% of the world's human population. 
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Nigeria is the largest country in Africa by population,while Algeria is Africa's largest country by area. 

The continent is surrounded by oceans and seas i.e the Mediterranean to the north, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, the Red sea to the northeast and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. 



Another fascinating fact about this continent is that over 50% of Africans are younger than 20 years old,meaning that the African population has the youngest populations among the other continents in the world.

Top 10 Largest Cities In Africa 2018

10. Algiers

Algiers is rated as the 10th largest city in Africa with an estimated population of over 5 million people residing in the metropolitan city. 

Algiers is the capital and largest city of Algeria,the city is located on the Mediterranean Sea and in the north central portion of Algeria.

9. Abidjan

Abidjan is one of the largest french speaking cities in the world, with an estimated population of about 4.4 million people. 
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The city was once the Capital of Ivory Coast,this city is made up of almost 20% of the countries entire population.

Currently it is the 9th largest city in Africa and also the main commercial and banking center of Ivory Coast.

8. Alexandria

Alexandria is an ancient city located in Egypt. The city is the 2nd largest largest city in Egypt and a major economic centre because it is rich in gas and oil.

The city is also well known for it's tourist attractions as it has some of the best beaches and attraction in the world,this attracts millions of visitors from around the world to Egypt.

The city has an estimated population of 4.5 million people and is currently the 8th largest city in Africa.

7. Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam was the former capital city of Tanzania. 
The city has a population of about 4.7 million people.

Dar es Salaam which also means "the house of peace'',is the 7th largest city in Africa and also a very important economic centre for Tanzania,the city is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

6. Khartoum

Khartoum is a city with an estimated population of 5 million people. 
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It is the capital and largest city of Sudan,the city is located at the confluence of the White Nile,which flows north from Lake Victoria.

Khartoum is the 6th largest city in Africa.

5. Abuja

Abuja is one of the beautifully planned cities in Africa. 
The city is the capital city of Nigeria.

Abuja is located in the centre of the country,it was built in the 1980s with the intention of replacing the former capital city which was Lagos State.

The city is rated as one of the fastest growing city in the world,back in 2015, the city recorded an impressive annual growth of over 35% making it the fastest growing city in Africa and one of the fastest growing city in the world.
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The city has an estimated population of about 6 million people in its metro area,plus the population in it's satellite towns like Gwagwalada, Lugbe Etc. 

Abuja is the 5th largest city in Africa.

4. Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the largest city in Gauteng South Africa. 

The city is listed as one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world,it is also the wealthiest province in South Africa.

Johannesburg is located in the rich Witwatersrand range of hills which is rich in natural resources and is the centre of diamond and large scale gold trade.

Currently the city has been expanding,with a population of over 7.5 million people,Jo'burg is the 4th largest city in Africa. 

3. Kinshasa

Kinshasa is currently among the top 3 largest cities in Africa. 
The city is home to about 11 million people,Kinshasa is also 
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the the world's largest french speaking urban area after it currently passed Paris in population. 

Millions of people speak french in this mega city. 

Kinshasa is also the capital and the largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo,this city is situated alongside the Congo River.

2. Cairo

Cairo is one of the largest cities in Africa,as a matter of fact the city's metropolitan area is the largest in the Middle East,the 15th largest in the world and the 2nd largest city in Africa behind Lagos. 

This ancient city was founded in 969 CE,this city is the capital city of Egypt,and also the largest city in Egypt in terms of population. 

Cairo is estimated to have a population of over 14 million people. 

1. Lagos

Currently the largest city in Africa is Lagos. 

The city is Nigeria’s economic power house and also the one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

The mega city is a major financial centre in Africa,it has the highest GDP and is home to some of the largest and busiest ports in Africa.

Currently Lagos is estimated to have a population of over 21 million people,Eko is also the 7th fastest growing city in the world.





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