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Africa’s Rapid Urbanisation – Magnet of Hope or Misery Time Bomb?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Francis Owusu* Think Africa Press 

An important dimension of Africa’s demographic change is rapid urbanisation. The problem of urbanisation in Africa, however, is not merely the number of urban residents. Compared to other regions, Africa still has one of the lowest levels of urbanisation in the world.

Lagos population has doubled in a decade

According to UN estimates only 40% of the region’s population lived in urban areas in 2010, compared to about 50% globally.

The concern over Africa’s urbanisation, rather, is with its speed: while the roughly 3.3 billion worldwide urban resident population is projected to double by 2050, Africa’s 373 million urban resident population is expected to more than double by as early as 2030.

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