Fastest Growing Cities Apart from Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt

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Nigeria is often referred to as the giant of Africa because of its population and economy.  Nigeria is known for its landmark and wildlife reserves with centers like the Zuma rock, a tall monolith outside the capital of Abuja that’s pictured on the national currency, Cross River National Park, and Yankari National Park amongst others.

The country is also blessed with natural resources in its various states. Some of these resources include natural gas, tin, iron ore, lead, zinc, arable land, coal, limestone, and niobium.

With an abundance of natural resources, she has 36 states and capitals with Governors for each state. Each state has its own populace but seems to experience an unequal increase in population.

The five most populated city in Nigeria asides from Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt are elaborated as follows;

1. Kano

Kano is located in the northern part of Nigeria. It was created on May 27, 1967, from part of the Northern Region, and has borders with Katsina State to the northwest, Jigawa State to the northeast, Bauchi State to the southeast, and Kaduna State to the southwest. Kano has a landmark of 20,131 km2 (7,773 sqm), with a population of 9,401,288 as cited by Wikipedia in the 2006 census. The capital of kano is in the city of Kano.

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It was traditionally founded by Kano, a blacksmith of the Gaya tribe who in ancient times came to Dalla Hill in the locality in search of iron. The discovery of stone tools indicates a prehistoric settlement of the site, which was selected for the capital of the Hausa state of Kano in the reign (1095–1134) of King Gajemasu (Gijimasu).

Kano is majorly known for commercial and industrial centers. Peanuts (groundnuts), a local subsistence crop, are the most commodity. The second most important traditional export is “hides and skins”. There is a considerable livestock trade. Pigs, raised on local farms managed by non-Muslims, are shipped to Lagos.

The state is crossed by the main (Lagos-Nguru) railway and by highways that link it to Kaduna and Bauchi states. Kano city also has an international airport. – Pop. (2006) 9,383,682.

2. Ibadan

The city of Ibadan was created in 1892 as a war camp for warriors coming from Ife, Ijebu, and Oyo. Ibadan is the capital city of Oyo state with a population of 2,550,559 according to the 2006 census.

Ibadan happens to be one of the most indigenous cities in west African with many cultural displays and tourist centers. Its tourist centers and places of interest include:

  • Agodi Gardens
  • Bowers Tower
  • IITA Forest reserve
  • University of Ibadan Zoological gardens
  • Irefin palace
  • Mapo Hall
  • Trans Amusement Park
  • National Museum of unity
  • University of Ibadan zoo
  • Heritage Park, UI
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Its tourist center attracts lots of foreigners and researchers.

3. Benin city

The kingdom of Benin began in the 900s when the Edo people settled in the rainforests of West Africa. In the 1400s they had created a wealthy kingdom with a powerful ruler, known as the Oba. The Obas lived in beautiful palaces decorated with shining brass. The Kingdom of Benin is also known as the Edo Kingdom, or the Benin Empire. According to Britannica, Benin City has long been famous for its “bronzes”—actually, brass work, some of which is said to date from the 13th century—and for its ivory and wood carvings.

The Oba’s Palace is known for bronze plaques that once decorated the walls, depicting historical events and life at court. The city is known for its bronze casting, and bronze casters ply their trade along Igun Street.

Benin City is the capital of Edo State, southern Nigeria. Its places of interest include the

  • Oba Palace,
  • Henzzy W hub
  • Ogba Zone, Benin City.

4. Jos

Jos is the administrative capital and largest city of Plateau State. It has a population of about 900,000 residents based on the 2006 census. It’s Popularly called “J-Town”.
The city is located on the Jos Plateau at about 1,238 meters or 4,062 feet above sea level.

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Jos tourist centers include:

  • Jos wildlife park
  • Solomon Lar Amusement park
  • Museum of traditional architecture

5. Enugu

Enugu is known for its friendliness and hospitality. It is a state in southeastern Nigeria, created in 1991 from part of the old Anambra State. Enugu State had a population of 3,267,837 people at the census held in 2006 (estimated at over 3.8 million in 2012). It is home to the Igbo of southeastern and a few Idoma/Igala people in Ette (Igbo-Eze North) of Enugu State, Nigeria.


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