When talking about fastest growing cities in the world it’s common for figures to be concentrated in Asia.
Africa’s urbanization which has been ongoing for years has however led to the formation of bustling cities for various factors, the primary two being; high fertility rate and rural-urban migration.
The latter is influenced by a million other factors which might include the presence of more advanced amenities in the cities, employment opportunities, security and so on.
The calculation of the fastest growing cities in Africa uses actual population figures for 2010 and forecasts for the likely populations in 2030, taken from 2014’s UN World Urbanization Prospects report.
The cities listed below are the top 10 fastest growing cities in Africa.
10. Bamako, Mali
Bamako is the capital of Mali and also its largest city. In 2006 it was top of the fastest growing cities in Africa and sixth in the world. Currently Bamako has a growth rate of 19 people per hour.
9. Johannesburg, Abidjan, Khartoum
In ninth place are three cities. South Africa’s capital Johannesburg, Sudan’s capital Khartoum, and Ivory Coast’s Abidjan. All cities account for a growth rate of 21 people per hour.
6. Nairobi, Kenya
The East African safari hub is Kenya’s capital and also its largest city. It records a growth rate of 22 people per hour.
5. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso’s capital and largest city which has a population of over 1.4 million people has a growth rate of 23 people per hour.
4. Luanda, Angola
Luanda which is Angola’s capital comes in fourth with a growth spurt of 34 people per hour.
3. Cairo, Egypt
Egypt’s capital is the third fastest growing city in the world. The city which is set on the river Nile has a growth rate of 44 people per hour.
2. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
DRC’s Kinshasa which is set on the Congo river comes in second with a growth record of 61 people an hour.
1. Lagos, Nigeria
Unlike most cities on the list, Lagos is Nigeria’s commercial hub unlike it’s capital. The small coastal city has a growth spurt of 77 people per hour.