15 most populous cities in Africa


The most populous cities on the African continent, ranked in terms of their respective metro area populations, are experiencing both rapid growth and challenges.

Lagos, Nigeria, the largest city in Africa, remains one of the fastest growing cities on the planet.

Africa’s urban populations have been rapidly increasing in recent years.

The increase is creating opportunities and challenges alike as these cities struggle to adapt as more residents compete for urban resources that are stretched to the limit.

However, the rise in population is also creating new opportunities on fiscal, technological, and social fronts.

Below is the rank of the largest Cities In Africa By Population
1 Lagos, Nigeria 21.0 million people
2 Cairo, Egypt 20.4 million people
3 Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo 13.3 million people
4 Luanda, Angola 6.5 million people
5 Nairobi, Kenya 6.5 million people
6 Mogadishu, Somalia 6.0 million people
7 Abidjan, Ivory Coast 4.7 million people
8 Alexandria, Egypt 4.7 million people
9 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 4.6 million people
10 Johannesburg, South Africa 4.4 million people
11 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 4.4 million people
12 Casablanca, Morocco 4.3 million people
13 Accra, Ghana 4.1 million people
14 Durban, South Africa 3.4 million people
15 Kano, Nigeria 2.8 million people


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