Top 10 Largest African Cities

Africa is where it all started for our species and where a lot of the action is still going on. So, which are the larget African cities?

The lengthy history of influential settlements, ever-changing in response to changing tides, has now merged with the modern, fast-paced world to establish powerful metropolitans.

These cities have established themselves at the mouths of major oceans, bays, and seas, alongside some of the world’s most famous rivers, and at critical inland transition locations.

The following 10 entries have built such notable populations not only because of a storied past and advantageous physical location, but also because of the economic opportunities provided by these locations.

Top 10 Largest African Cities

1. Lagos, Nigeria – 15,388,000

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This bustling urban agglomeration in Western Africa is the largest metropolis on the continent and the former capital of Nigeria.

The population of the city (proper) is approximately twice as large as the next two places on this list, and it is also growing at a rate that does not seem to be slowing down, with a growth rate of about 3.54% over the last year.

The oil sector assures that Lagos is the economic backbone of the country, contributing about one-quarter of Nigeria’s gross domestic product, despite the fact that it is no longer the administrative center (the capital was moved to Abuja in 1991).

2. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Of The Congo – 7,785,965

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The capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa, which is located in West-Central Africa is one of Africa’s largest cities. The capital cities of the Republic of the Congo, Brazzaville and Kinshasa, both share the South and North banks of the Congo River.

Kinshasa is also referred to as “Kin” locally. It is interesting that the deepest section of the deepest river in the world is just near to this administrative and populated area.

The enormous slums that are the main cause of the city’s physical expansion (estimated at 8km per year) coexist with the older, geometrically structured metropolis to create Kin. The great majority of the GDP of the DRC comes from the (mostly informal) economy of Kinshasa.

3. Cairo, Egypt – 7,734,614

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Cairo, the capital of Egypt, is the third-biggest city in Africa, but its estimated 22 million residents make it the continent’s largest urban area. Cairo, which is located on the banks of the venerated, life-giving Nile River, is only a short distance north of the Great Pyramids of Giza, which stand out against the innumerable layers of both old and new architecture when viewed from above.

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo (EMC) proudly celebrates Cairo’s past by housing the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the world. The current political activities, expanding commercial links, and industrial production are all major drivers of daily life in Cairo.