What is the largest city in Africa?

What is the largest city in Africa

What city can be called the largest? How can you define whether a city is big or not? This can be defined using some points of view: Land mass Population historic issues However, all of them are interdependent. Small cities have the ability to grow by attracting more and more newcomers each day. Furthermore, when several growing settlements are set nearby, they may form a unity called an agglomeration. 

According to, the biggest city in Africa in 2018 is Lagos. Its population is 9 million people. Lagos covers and has a population density of 13,000 residents per square kilometer. However, this answer is rather controversial and condemned by many people. Lagos is an agglomeration built of several smaller urban areas. Thus, it may more refer to the notion of “metropolis” rather than “the largest city”.


By 1960, Ibadan city was a significant trading, commercial, and educational location. It has preserved the famous centuries-old manufacturing industry, producing tobacco, soap, furniture, etc. Thus, a developed infrastructure was a kind of a magnet, which attracted thousands of people searching for better living conditions. Furthermore, Ibadan city is the first place in Nigeria, which could boast of having the first educational establishment in the entire country.

After Nigeria got her Independence in 1960, Ibadan became the second largest one after Cairo (Egypt). At present, the population of Ibadan is 3,565,108 according to data offered by It means that it is the seventh largest city in Africa in terms of population after Lagos, Kinshasa, Cairo, Alexandria, Abidjan, and Kano. As we can see, there is more than one answer to a question. In terms of population, Lagos definitely takes a leading position. However, if we decide to name the largest city according to land mass, no doubt, Ibadan will be the first place!

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