Abeokuta Ranked Fourth Worst City To Live In Africa


Abeokuta, Ogun state Nigeria scored fourth from bottom on a new study of quality of life in 60 African cities conducted by a Swiss research body, Communaute d’Etudes pour l’Amenagement du Territoire at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

Lagos, another Nigerian city covered by the Swiss study was placed at 43rd position.The study which included all of the continent’s capitals and its largest urban centres, was based on criteria including social and living conditions, infrastructure, governance and environment.

“Until now, rankings for Africa were done for investors and expatriates.”
Jerome Chenal, a Swiss urban sociologist who directed the survey told Afrique Mediterranee Business, the Paris-based magazine that commissioned the study, stating that theirs is the first survey focusing on life in African cities for ordinary people.

Four Moroccan cities, led by Marrakesh, ranked among the top 10, while Nairobi in Kenya and Abidjan in Ivory Coast which are magnets for expatriates, scored only 27th and 39th, respectively.

EPFL says it will conduct the study each year in the hope of standardising data on African cities.

Top Ten Best Cities To Live In On The African Continent According To The Study Are:

  1. Marrakesh – Morocco

  2. Johannesburg – South Africa

  3. Alexandria – Egypt

  4. Port Louis – Mauritius

  5. Casablanca – Morocco

  6. Tunis – Tunisia

  7. Cairo – Egypt

  8. Rabat – Morocco

  9. Cape Town – South Africa

  10. Fez- Morocco

Top Ten Worst Cities To Live In On The African Continent According To The Study Are:

  1. Bulawayo – Zimbabwe

  2. Blantyre – Malawi

  3. Moroni – Comoros

  4. Abeokuta – Nigeria

  5. Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso

  6. Khartoum – Sudan

  7. Kigali – Rwanda

  8. Cotonou – Benin

  9. Yamoussoukro – Ivory Coast

  10. Kampala – Uganda


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