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Which is the Biggest City in Nigeria?

Nigeria is called the giant of Africa not only because of its economy but also because of its size and population. Nigeria is the 14th largest country in Africa and the most populated country in Africa a continent with over 54 countries.

Nigeria is a great destination for tourists due to its abundance of historical landmarks and artifacts, its people and culture, and many other exciting activities.

Which is the Biggest City in Nigeria?

In terms of land size, the biggest City in Nigeria is Mokwa a town in Niger state, which also happens to be the biggest state in Nigeria. Mokwa is bounded in the South by the Niger River. Mokwa is a local government in Niger state with a land area of 4388km². The local government was created on 19th September 1991. It is home to a population of 248,762 (2006).

The people of Mokwa are Nupes an ethnic group found in middle belt Nigeria. The Nupe are led by a Ndalile. The primary economic activity of the Mokwas is farming, they produce tomatoes, sugarcane, and onions which are in high demand in different areas of the country. The community also has many markets where people from different buyers from different places come to trade. 

In terms of population size, Lagos has been found to be the largest in Nigeria. Though it is the smallest state in Nigeria with a land size of 3,345km². However, the population of this city is over 15 million people as of 2019. The city was created on 27 May 1967.

Most Populated City in Nigeria: Lagos City

Until 1991 Lagos city used to be the federal capital of Nigeria before it was moved to Abuja.

The city of Lagos is one of the country’s economic centers. It is one of the best when it comes to entertainment and technological advancement in Nigeria and even in Africa. It is a rapidly developing city with many high-end technical creations. The Port of Lagos is said to be among the 10 seaports in Africa and the most popular in West Africa.

The city of Lagos is said to generate at least 10% of the Nigerian yearly Gross domestic product (GDP). The port of Lagos is one of the busiest seaports in Africa, where international vessels are transported.

Lagos city is also the home of Entertainment and media. Producing many award-winning entertainments in both music and movie production. Many great Nigerian artists are from this great city.

Lagos city is home to both people of affluence and those of no means. The city is filled with a combination of urban and rural areas. This city is home to people from all works of life.

The main language spoken by the people of Lagos is Yoruba and the main religious practices are Islamic religion and the Christian religion.

Lagos is a very busy commercial spot. The city is known for its markets where you can purchase almost anything, ranging from food items to clothes and accessories, to household equipment and even electronic gadgets. People come from different parts of the country to these markets on a daily basis, therefore the city is always busy.

Some notable markets in Lagos 

  • Lagos island market
  • Alaba international market.
  • Ajah Market.
  • Balogun Market, Lagos Island
  • Bar Beach Market
  • Computer Village
  • Èbúté Èrò Market, Lagos Island
  • Ekpe Fish Market
  • Ikotun Market.

One other thing Lagos city is known for is its beaches. There are many beautiful beach resorts in Lagos where people from Nigeria and even tourists from outside the country visit for vacation.

Beautiful Resorts you can Visit Next Time you’re in Lagos

  • Kamp Ikare Beach Resort
  • Akodo Beach
  • Inagbe Grand Resort
  • Omu Resort
  • La manga beach resort
  • Jubilee chalets
  • Chaka resorts
  • Jara Beach Resort
  • Hermitage Garden Resort

Top 10 Developed Cities in Nigeria

In terms of infrastructure, technological advancement, education, and commerce. These are some of the most developed cities in Nigeria 

  • Abuja, Nigeria’s capital seat.
  • Lagos city
  • Calabar, Cross River state capital 
  • Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital 
  • Ibandan, Oyo state capital 
  • Asaba, Delta state capital 
  • Minna, Niger state capital
  • Jos, Plateau state capital
  • Benin, Edo state capital 
  • Enugu city