Two Nigerian Cities Named Among The Worst Cities To live in Africa, 2018

Two Nigerian cities has been named among the world’s worst cities to live in 2018.

Worst Cities To live in Africa

Mercer’s 20th annual Quality of Living survey compared 231 major metropolises, examining factors such as crime, healthcare, education, public services, recreation, housing and personal freedom.

According to this years ranking, Bangui, Central African Republic (230) been the lowest ranking African city for quality of living is the worst city to live in Africa. followed by Khartoum, sudan (227), N’Djamena Chad (226), Brazzaville Congo (224) and Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo (223).

Persistent political instability, poverty, extreme climates and lack of appropriate infrastructure investments means these cities have the lowest quality of living worldwide.

Two Nigeria cities Abuja (213) and Lagos (212) Also made it into the top 20 worst cities to live in Africa.

Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital was ranked 213 out of 231 countries making it the 13th worst city to live in Africa, while Lagos was ranked 212, making it the 14th worst city to live in Africa..

Below are The top 20 worst cities to live in Africa

City Rank
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 20
Luanda, Angola 19
Lome, Togo 18
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire 17
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 16
Harare, Zimbabwe 15
Lagos, Nigeria 14
Abuja, Nigeria 13
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 12
Antananarivo, Madagascar 11
Tripoli, Libya 10
Niamey, Niger 9
Bamako, Mali 8
Nouakchott, Mauritania 7
Conakry, Guinea Republic 6
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo 5
Brazzaville, Congo 4
N’Djamena Chad 3
Khartoum Sudan 2
Bangui Central African Republic 1


Mercer evaluates local living conditions in more than 450 cities surveyed worldwide. Living conditions are analysed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories:

Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc.).

• Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services).

• Socio-cultural environment (media availability and censorship, limitations on personal freedom).

• Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc.).

• Schools and education (standards and availability of international schools).
• Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion, etc.).

• Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc.).

• Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc.).

• Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services).

• Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters).

Note: This ranking indicates differences in quality of living factors affecting expatriates in popular assignment destinations and should not be used as the basis for determining hardship premiums..

Uzonna Anele
Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.


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