Lagos is not a mega-city, but it will be in 2030 – says report

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A new report by the Euromonitor International has shown that Lagos will become a megacity by 2030. The report also confirms that Lagos will be the fastest growing city in Nigeria between 2017 -2030.

According to the report, rapid urbanization and population growth Lagos will make the city to join other African cities – Cairo, Luanda and Dar Es Salaam, on the megacity list in the world.

After analysing the megacity landscape, the world’s leading market research company have estimated that there will be 39 new megacities by the year 2030.

By the next twelve years, Lagos is also expected to house 9% of the global population, contribute 15% of the world’s GDP and take up about 3% of global land mass.

Other Megacities in Africa

The Nigerian state is not the only African city on this list. Cairo in Egypt, Luanda, the capital of Angola, and Tanzania‘s Dar Es Salaam are some of the five new megacities.

i.  Luanda

Between 2017–2030, the population in Angola’s capital is expected to increase by 60%.

ii.  Cairo

This Egyptian city is estimated to become Africa’s biggest megacity at 29.8 million people with over 50% real GDP growth in the next twelve years.

iii. Dar Es Salaam

Tanzania’s economic capital is expected to grow almost as fast as Luanda.


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