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Largest Nigerian Cities By Landmass

Nigeria is a very large country with many great cities. Many of these cities are not just known in Nigeria and its environs but they are known globally.

Some cities are known for their traditional and cultural values while some are known for their industries and commercial activities. Nigeria also has a large population of citizens living in the country but this list focuses on the top ten (10) largest cities by Landmass.


Gusau is one of the most prominent cities in the Northern part of Nigeria. It is the state capital of Zamfara state, a state in the Northwestern region of Nigeria. It is one of the largest cities in Nigeria by Land Mass.

Gusua covers an area of 3364 km2 which makes it a very large city that can be found in Nigeria. Gusau is dominated by mostly Hausa speaking people.


Ibadan is the capital city of Oyo state in the South Western part of Nigeria. It has an estimated population of about 3 million people which makes it the third most populated city in Nigeria.

The city of Ibadan also happens to be one of the most ancient cities in Nigeria which was founded in the year 1862. Ibadan is situated in the southeastern part of Oyo state it is 119 km from Lagos. The city of Ibadan covers a total landmass of about 2427 km2.

3. IFE

Ife is no doubt a prominent city where the origin of the Yoruba people began. It is a city in Osun state. The city is dominated by Yoruba speaking people.

Ife is well known for its cultural and traditional values. The city is ruled by the Ooni who is regarded as a direct descendant of Oduduwa the founder of the Yoruba race. The city covers about 1791 km2 which makes it one of the largest cities in Nigeria by landmass. Ife is a city that attracts tourists from around the world.

Tourist sites that can be found in Ife include Ooni Palace, Opa Oranmiyan (Oranmiyan’s staff), National museum Ife, Moremi shrine, etc. Ife is no doubt a destination to Nigerians and foreigners to learn the origin, culture, and beliefs of the Yoruba people.


The fourth-largest city in Nigeria by landmass is the Federal Capital Territory which is also known as the seat of power in Nigeria. Abuja is a Northern city that is dominated by the rich class of Nigeria.

It is also regarded as one of the fastest-growing cities in Africa and also one of the wealthiest cities in Africa. The land covers 1769 km2 of landmass.

Most of the land areas are occupied with houses, industries, factories, and offices. The total population of the inhabitants of Abuja is about one million people.


Kuje located at the Southwest of Abuja is a large northern City. The city is undergoing fast development process because of its closeness to Abuja. It is a city for the middle class people especially those that could not afford the expenses of Abuja.

Kuje is one of the largest cities in Nigeria because it covers a landmass of 1644 km2.  It has a total population of about a hundred people.


Benin City is the capital of Edo state. It was formally the capital of the Mid-western Region in 1963 after Nigeria got her independence in 1960. Benin City is an ancient city known for its art and culture and it is also a centre of Nigeria’s rubber industries.

Benin City makes it to the list of Nigerian Largest cities because it covers a landmass of 1204 km2. Benin City is home to the Oba of Benin who is the traditional ruler of Benin and also the chairman of Edo state council of Obas.


Lagos is the commercial centre of Nigeria. It is a hub for both financial and industrial activities in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. With an estimated population of about 21 million people, Lagos is a place that many Nigerians and neighbouring Africa residents go to look for greener pastures.

Though Lagos has a landmass of 999.6 km2, Lagos has many infrastructures, Industries, and offices that make it a centre of activities for businessmen and women. 

Lagos is classified into two geographical regions: the Mainland and Island. The Mainland is linked to the Island by three bridges, which are the Third Mainland Bridge, the Eko Bridge, and the Carter Bridge. Lagos was the capital of Nigeria from 1914 when Nigeria was amalgamated by the British to 1991 when it was moved to Abuja.


Akure is the capital of Ondo state, a state in the south west part of Nigeria. Akure is a city of civil servants as it is not an industrious area. It makes the list of the 10 largest Nigeria cities by landmass because it has a landmass of 991 km2 with a population of about 500,000 people. The traditional ruler of Akure is known as the Deji of Akure.


Abeokuta which is located at the East bank of the Ogun River is the capital of Ogun State in the western part of Nigeria. Abeokuta literally means under the rock.

The place was named Abeokuta because the rock serves as a place of safety and refuge from slave hunters from Dahomey and Ibadan in ancient times. The city lies under Olumo Rock which is a popular rock in Nigeria and a place for tourist attraction.

Abeokuta is about 879 km2 in landmass and has about 500,000 residents. It is home to the first newspaper in Nigeria and the first church in Nigeria.

10. KANO To complete the list of the Ten (10) largest Nigerian cities by Landmass is Kano, a northern city and the capital of Kano state. Kano is also the most populated Northern city because it serves as the centre of commercial activities in the North.

Kano is ruled by the Emir. Kano occupies a total landmass of 344 km2. Kano is a centre for textile industries in Nigeria. Kano is mostly dominated by Hausa speaking people but because of the commercial activities of the city, it also accommodates people from other tribes who go to the place for business purposes or just to stay there.


When next you are in the middle of an argument over the largest cities in Nigeria in terms of landmass, you can always reference this article. This article will also be updated when there is a need to do so.

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