Africa’s Best: Top 5 Most Developed Cities in Africa

The most developed cities in the world have the best infrastructure and the best technology that is constantly being improved on. Africa is not left out of the list of most developed cities in the world. Although Africa is seen and portrayed as underdeveloped by westerners and other non-Africans, underdevelopment is only a tiny part of Africa, as it is with many other nations. There are also many parts of Africa that do not conform with the “poverty-stricken continent” notion most non-Africans have of the continent. Africa houses some of the most beautiful and most developed cities in the world.

The top 5 most developed cities in Africa are:

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa. It has a rich European history and was largely developed by its European colonial masters. It’s well-developed infrastructures in second to none in Africa and among the best in the world. The city is home to 64%of Western Cape’s population and the best university in Africa, University of Cape Town (UCT). It was named by both The New York Times and The Telegraph in 2014 as the best place to visit in the world. Capetown is one of the most developed cities in Africa.

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Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos is the most populous city in Africa and the West African capital of commerce and trade.  It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and also a major financial center in Africa with the highest GDP. Lagos has also been ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world. In some parts of Lagos, residents have one of the highest standards of living in Nigeria and in Africa. Lagos ( mainly around Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Eko Atlantic) is one of the most developed cities in Africa.

Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi is one of the most prominent cities in Africa, both politically and financially. Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organizations. It is one of the few cities in the world with a national park within its boundaries, making it a prime tourist destination as well, with several other tourist attractions. Nairobi is the regional headquarters of several international companies and organizations. In 2007, General Electric, Young & Rubicam, Google, Coca-Cola, IBM Services, Airtel and Cisco Systems relocated their African headquarters to the city. Nairobi’s growth over the past decades brings the city on the list of most developed cities in Africa.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg is home to some of Africa’s tallest structures, such as the Sentech Tower, Hillbrow Tower, the Carlton Center, and Ponte City Apartments. The Johannesburg city skyline has most of the tallest buildings on the continent and contains most international organizations. Many of the city’s older buildings have been demolished and more modern ones built in their place. Johannesburg is one of the most developed cities in Africa.

Abuja, Nigeria

Abuja is the most developed city in Western Africa and second most beautiful city in Africa. It is known for being one of the few purpose-built capital cities in Africa, as well as being one of the wealthiest. Abuja is Nigeria’s administrative and political center. It is also a key capital on the African continent due to Nigeria’s geopolitical influence in regional affairs. It is also a major conference center as it hosts various international meetings annually, such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and the World Economic Forum (Africa) meetings. Abuja is one of the most developed cities in Africa.

Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone, the capital of Botswana enjoys political stability and economic strength, partly because it is one of the largest rough diamond producers in the world. Gaborone is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. The growth of Gaborone, especially suburban growth, has caused much of the farmland surrounding the city to be absorbed into the city. Much of the food for Gaborone comes from north of the city with some smaller-scale farms on the southern end. Gaborone is one of the most developed cities in Africa.


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