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This is a list of the largest urban agglomerations in Africa. Figures are from the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects report, as well as from citypopulation.de. Figures for administrative areas are also given.

Rank Central City Country Administrative area
Latest figures from national census authority
Agglomeration[1]
(2010; UN WUP)
Agglomeration[2]
(2010-01-01; citypopulation.de)
Image
1 Cairo  Egypt 7,786,640 (2006)
Governorate
11,001,000 15,200,000 Downtowncairo.jpg
2 Lagos  Nigeria 7,937,932 (2006)
The 16 local government areas of Lagos proper
10,578,000 11,800,000 Lagos Island.jpg
3 Kinshasa  Democratic Republic of the Congo 5,528,000 (1998)
Province
8,754,000 8,900,000 Kinshasa, Boulevard du 30 juin - 20090701.jpg
4 Johannesburg-Ekurhuleni  South Africa 3,888,180 (2007)
Metropolitan municipality
3,670,000 7,550,000[3] Johannesburg from Braamfontein 12-09.jpg
5 Khartoum-Umm Durman  Sudan 2,919,773 (1993)
The three principal cities of the Khartoum agglomeration
5,172,000 4,975,000 Khartoum.jpg
6 Alexandria  Egypt 4,110,015 (2006)
Governorate
4,387,000 4,575,000 Flickr - Daveness 98 - Is this really Africa.jpg
7 Abidjan  Côte d'Ivoire 4,210,200 (2002)
Département
4,125,000 4,400,000 Abidjan.JPG
8 Casablanca  Morocco 3,631,061 (2004)
Région
3,284,000 3,975,000 Casablanca - Morocco 008.jpg
9 Cape Town  South Africa 3,497,097 (2007)
Metropolitan municipality
3,405,000 3,775,000 Central Cape Town.jpg
10 Durban  South Africa 3,468,086 (2007)
Metropolitan municipality
2,879,000 3,650,000 Durban beach.jpg
11 Accra  Ghana 1,659,136 (2000)
District (Accra Metropolitan Area)
2,342,000 3,575,000 Accra Skyline 2.jpg
12 Nairobi  Kenya 3,138,295 (2009)
Nairobi administrative area
3,523,000 3,500,000 Nairobi cityscape.jpg
13 Kano  Nigeria 2,153,225 (2006)
The six local government areas of Kano proper
3,395,000 3,375,000 KanofromDalaHill.jpg
14 Ibadan  Nigeria 1,338,659 (2006)
The five local government areas of Ibadan proper
2,837,000 3,375,000 Ibadan street scene.jpg
15 Dar es Salaam  Tanzania 2,487,288 (2002)
Mkoa
3,349,000 3,225,000 Dar es Salaam before dusk.jpg
16 Algiers  Algeria 2,947,461 (2008)
Wilaya
2,800,000 3,175,000 Alger View Oct-2010 IMG 1039.JPG
17 Addis Ababa  Ethiopia 2,738,248 (2007)
Astedader
2,930,000 3,100,000 Addis-sheraton.jpg
18 Luanda  Angola 1,823,282 (2002)
Provincia
4,772,000 3,100,000 Luanda feb09 ost05.jpg
19 Dakar  Senegal 2,452,656 (2005)
Région
2,863,000 2,675,000 Senegal baie de Dakar 800x600.jpg
20 Pretoria  South Africa 2,345,908 (2007)
Metropolitan municipality
1,429,000 2,525,000 Pretoria CBD1.jpg
21 Tunis  Tunisia 989,000 (2006)
Wilaya
767,000 2,325,000 Panoramique Avenue Mohamed V, centre de Tunis.jpg
22 Harare  Zimbabwe 1,903,510 (2002)
Province
1,632,000 2,300,000 Harare Skyline.jpg
23 Douala  Cameroon 1,514,978 (2001)
Wouri département
2,125,000 2,200,000 Douala.JPG
24 Abuja  Nigeria 1,405,201 (2006)
Federal Capital Territory
1,995,000 Not listed
25 Kampala  Uganda 1,337,900 (2005)
District
1,598,000 1,970,000 Uganda - View on Kampala.jpg
26 Bamako  Mali 1,215,335 (2005)
District
1,699,000 1,920,000 Bamako et fleuve Niger.jpg
27 Maputo  Mozambique 1,099,102 (2007)
Province-level city
1,655,000 1,910,000 2010-10-18 10-56-01 Mozambique Maputo Aeroporto ”B”.jpg
28 Rabat  Morocco 627,932 (2004)
Préfecture
1,802,000 1,890,000 Kasbah des Oudaias P1060356.JPG
29 Antananarivo  Madagascar 1,879,000 1,860,000 Antananarivo - Analakely.jpg
30 Lusaka  Zambia 1,084,703 (2000)
District
1,451,000 1,830,000 Lusaka.jpg
31 Yaoundé  Cameroon 1,248,235 (2001)
Mfoundi département
1,801,000 1,750,000 Cameroon-Yaounde01.jpg
32 Ouagadougou  Burkina Faso 1,475,223 (2006)
Municipality
1,908,000 1,700,000 Kwamenkrumah av.JPG
33 Conakry  Guinea 1,092,936 (1996)
Région
1,653,000 1,690,000 Conakry.jpg
34 Kaduna  Nigeria 760,084 (2006)
The two local government areas of Kaduna
1,561,000 1,670,000
35 Kumasi  Ghana 1,171,311 (2000)
District (Kumasi Metropolitan Area)
1,834,000 1,630,000 Downtown Kumasi, Ghana.jpg
36 Lubumbashi  Democratic Republic of the Congo 1,543,000 1,570,000 Downtown Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo - 20061130.jpg
37 Mbuji-Mayi  Democratic Republic of the Congo 1,488,000 1,520,000 Kongo C3.jpg
38 Mogadishu  Somalia 1,500,000 1,500,000 Mogadishu 2006.jpg
39 Brazzaville  Republic of the Congo 1,174,005 (2005)
Province-level city
1,323,000 1,430,000 Nabemba.jpg
40 Oran  Algeria 634,112 (1998)
Commune
770,000 1,260,000 Oran facade maritime.JPG
41 Benin  Nigeria 1,302,000 1,240,000
42 Port Harcourt  Nigeria 541,116 (2006)
Local government area
1,104,000 1,230,000 PortHacourt1.jpg
43 Tripoli  Libya 911,643 (2005)
Municipality
1,108,000 1,210,000 Tripoli skyline clear day.JPG
44 Freetown  Sierra Leone 947,122 (2004)
Western Area province
901,000 1,200,000 Freetown.jpg
45 Cotonou  Benin 665,100 (2002)
Commune
844,000 1,150,000 Cotonouskyline.jpg
46 Vereeniging  South Africa 800,819 (2007)
District municipality
1,143,000 Not listed Lethabo Powerstation 01.jpg
47 Fès  Morocco 977,946 (2004)
Préfecture
1,065,000 1,110,000 Fes Medina Panoramic view.jpg
48 Maiduguri  Nigeria 521,492 (2006)
Local government area
970,000 1,100,000
49 Monrovia  Liberia 1,010,970 (2008)
Municipality
827,000 1,080,000 Downtown Monrovia 3348917715 67a2002529.jpg
50 Port Elizabeth  South Africa 1,050,930 (2007)
Metropolitan municipality (Nelson Mandela Bay)
1,068,000 1,070,000 Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth.jpg
51 Huambo  Angola 1,034,000 Not listed Buildings at Rua Cinco, Huambo, Angola.jpg
52 Ogbomosho  Nigeria 1,032,000 Not listed CfaN-Crowd 2.jpg
53 Zaria  Nigeria 408,198 (2006)
Local government area
963,000 1,030,000 Ahmadu bello university senate.jpg
54 Ndjamena  Chad 829,000 1,020,000 People on horseback in Fort Lamy, Chad.jpg

See also

References

  1. United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects (2009 revision)
  2. Thomas Brinkoff, The Principal Agglomerations of the World
  3. Includes Ekurhuleni, which is listed separately by the UN with a population of 3,157,000

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