How rich do you think the continent of Africa is? We think “very rich.” Or you don’t think so? If we’re talking of wealth in terms of natural resources, then yes, you think as much as we do, right? Whatever. However, anyway, there’s a lot more going on in Africa that the media is not telling the world about, and the Western perception of Africa is the depiction of famine, poverty, and a barren waste land with no resources. Dear friends of the West, here are some of the wealthiest cities in Africa.
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#10. Accra, Ghana 🇬🇭
Location: Greater Accra Region;
Coordinates: 5.6037° N, 0.1870° W;
Population: 2.56 million (as of 2021), approx. 1,300 people per square kilometer;
Estimated worth: US$35 billion.
This is the capital city of Ghana, and the largest city, too. Its located along the Atlantic coast of West Africa, together with the neighboring port city of Tema. It hosts most administrative offices, including the Flagstaff House, Parliament House, and the Supreme Court of the government. The Makola market, a vast colorful bazaar, is the commercial hub of the city. Other places of commercial interest include the Labardi and Kokrobite beach resorts.
(Fun fact: Did you know that The Factionary is proudly made in Ghana? But spoiler, we’re not based in Accra).
Have you ever been to Accra before?
#9. Casablanca, Morocco 🇲🇦
Location: Casablanca-Settat Region;
Coordinates: 33.5731° N, 7.5898° W;
Population: 3.79 million (as of 2021), approx. 14,200 per square kilometer;
Estimated worth: US$39 billion.
This is a port city, acommercial hub, and second most important city in Morocco, fronting the Atlantic Ocean. The city is famous for its downtown vintage style Mauresque architecture, which is a French colonial legacy; and a blend of Moorish and European style urban decor. The city hosts the enormous Hassan II Mosque, a minaret topped with lasers that head towards Mecca, roughly 210 meters (688 feet ) tall, which was completed in 1993.
Have you ever been to Casablanca before?
#8. Luanda, Angola 🇦🇴
Location: Luanda Province;
Coordinates: 8.8147° S, 13.2302° E;
Population: 2.70 million (as of 2021), approx. 14,800 per square kilometer;
Estimated worth: US$42 billion.
This is the capital city of Angola, and a port city on the southwest of Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. Prominent features of the city include a seafront promenade known as the Marginal, which runs alongside the bay of Luanda. And there is the well-preserved 16th century Fortress of São Miguel — it now contains the Museum of the Armed Forces. The city has stunning sights, including the Ilha do Cabo — a long, thin peninsula in the bay that’s home to beaches, bars and restaurants.
Have you ever been to Luanda before?
#7. Pretoria, South Africa 🇿🇦
Location: Gauteng Province;
Coordinates: 25.7479° S, 28.2293° E;
Population: 2.56 million (as of 2021), approx. 1,100 people per square kilometer;
Estimated worth: US$45 billion.
This is one of the three capital cities in South Africa. It serves as the administrative capital, and the executive seat of the government. It hosts all the foreign embassies, high commissions, and consulates to South Africa. The city features quite a number of natural and cultural attractions, as well as significant ancient buildings, monuments, and museums. Pretoria was formerly known as Tshwane, long before the city was developed.
Have you ever been to Pretoria before?
#6. Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪
Location: Nairobi Province;
Coordinates: 1.2921° S, 36.8219° E;
Population: 4.92 million (as of 2021), approx. 4,850 people per square kilometer;
Estimated worth: US$49 billion.
This is the capital city of Kenya. Aside its urban core, it hosts the Nairobi National Park, a large game reserve that serves as a breeding facility for endangered wildlife species. There’s even an elephant orphanage funded by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. And so much more, resorts, restaurants, museums, and several tourist attraction sites that serves as a commercial boost for the city. Nairobi is used as the starting point for safari trips in Kenya.
Have you ever been to Nairobi before?
#5. Durban, South Africa 🇿🇦
Location: KwaZulu-Natal Province;
Coordinates: 29.8587° S, 31.0218° E;
Population: 3.12 million (as of 2021), approx. 3,120 people per square kilometer;
Estimated worth: US$54 billion.
This is a coastal city in the eastern part of South Africa. Its best known for its African, and Indian colonial influences. It was one of the host cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament. It also has a seafront promenade running from a huge theme park aquarium, uShaka Marine World to the newly refurbished Moses Mabhida Stadium. The city also has quite a number of botanical gardens that showcases a variety of African plant species.
Have you ever been to Durban before?
#4. Lagos, Nigeria 🇳🇬
Location: Lagos State;
Coordinates: 6.5244° N, 3.3792° E;
Population: 14.86 million (as of 2021), approx. 6,871 people per square kilometer;
Estimated worth: US$96 billion.
This is the largest city in Nigeria, a major commercial hub, and its former capital. Its sprawls on the Gulf of Guinea across the infamous Lagos lagoon. Lagos island is home to the National Museum of Lagos, which displays cultural artifacts and craftwork. And Victoria island is the financial hub of the metropolis, but best known for its beach resorts. The Freedom Park was once a colonial era prison, now a hub for concerts and public events.
Have you ever been to Lagos before?
#3. Cairo, Egypt 🇪🇬
Location: Cairo Governorate;
Coordinates: 30.0444° N, 31.2357° E;
Population: 21.32 million (as of 2021), approx. 19,376 people per square kilometer;
Estimated worth: US$129 billion.
This is the capital city of Egypt, which sprawls on the Nile River. This ancient city is best known for tombs and antiquities. At the heart is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum that hosts mummies and gilded artifacts of King Tutankhamen. Outskirts of town is the iconic pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx, dating back to 26th century Before the Common Era (B.C.E). And in Zamalek is Cairo Tower, rising 187 meters(613 feet) for a panoramic city view.
Have you ever been to Cairo before?
#2. Cape Town, South Africa 🇿🇦
Location: Western Cape Province;
Coordinates: 33.9249° S, 18.4241° E;
Population: 4.71 million (as of 2021), approx. 1,530 people per square kilometer;
Estimated worth: US$133 billion.
This is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, and also one of the three capital cities. Its actually the legislative capital. Its located on a peninsula beneath a plateau, which has slow rotating cable cars that climb up the mountain for a panoramic city view. There’s also its busy port with several boats heading for the infamous Robben Island, where there is the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela for 25 years. Its now a museum dedicated to him.
Have you ever been to Cape Town before?
#1. Johannesburg, South Africa 🇿🇦
Location: Gauteng Province;
Coordinates: 26.2041° S, 28.0473° E;
Population: 5.7 million (as of 2021), 2,900 people per square kilometer;
Estimated worth: US$248 billion.
This is the largest and famous city in South Africa, also known as Jozy, Jo’burg, or Johanna. Gimme hope? Its the capital of Gauteng province, and was once a 19th century mining hub. Its has sprawling Soweto, which was once home to famous figures like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Mandela’s former residence is now the Mandela House museum, and there are other Soweto museums that recount the struggle to end segregation and apartheid.
Have you ever been to Johannesburg before?
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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Wed, Dec 22, 2021.