Countries with the highest Homicide rate

  1. Honduras  90.4

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Honduras, home to about 8.25 million people, has by far the highest homicide rate of all countries in the world. Its unparalleled average rate of 90.4 murders per 100,000 people means that in this country, almost every 1,000th person is killed. Since Honduras is a popular holiday destination, tourists often targeted as victims of various violent crimes.


2. Venezuela

Located on the northern coast of South America, Venezuela has been known as one of world´s major oil exporters but also as a country with pervasive and unusually high occurrence of homicides. Last year, only 19% of local residents felt safe when walking alone at night and they had a good reason for that – every year, more than 50 people out of 100,000 are killed in Venezuela and the number has been constantly growing over the last decades. 80% of Caracas’s residents live in slums

3. Belize

With an area of 22,800 square kilometers (8,800 sq mi) and a population of about 340,000 people, Belize is the least densely populated country in Central America. But despite its amazing natural beauties and wildlife, this country is far from being a good place to live. Enormous homicide rate of almost 45 murders per 100,000 people makes Belize one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The homicides are particularly frequent in the Belize City district where, in 2007, for example, half of all that year´s murders occurred.



4. Guatemala

With a population of almost 16 million, Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. With an average of about 100 murders committed every month, Guatemala has ranked as the country with the 5th highest homicide rate in the world. In the 1990s, for example, the city of Escuintla had an annual rate of 165 murders per 100,000 people.

5. El Salvador

Deeply affected by the long-term and devastating civil war (1979 – 1992), El Salvador is a Central American country and a home to about 6.3 million people. The extremely high homicide rate in this country is marked by significant occurrence gang-related crimes and juvenile delinquency. In 2004, for example, as much as 60% of the murders committed in Salvador were carried out by local gangs competing for power and territory.


6. Jamaica ( Most violent BMC)

Occupying an area of 11,000 square kilometers (4,250 square miles), Jamaica is another representative of the Caribbean. For many years, the country has been notorious for having one of the world´s highest homicide rates and the latest statistics by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has confirmed that. The murders and violent crimes are particularly frequent in large cities such as Kingston, the capital.

7. Swaziland (Most violent country in Africa)

Swaziland also has a high proportion of murders relative to its small population, 33.8 per 100,000 in 2012. Voters queue to cast their votes for parliament at a voting station in Nhlangano, Swaziland, Sept. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Mongie Zulu)
8. Saint Kitts and NevisAP
Saint Kitts and Nevis has a high proportion of murders relative to its tiny population, 33.6 per 100,000 in 2012. The actual number of homicides recorded was 18. An aerial view of the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, Sept. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, file)
9. South Africa (Second most violent country in Africa, highest crime rate in Africa)
South Africa is still one of the most dangerous countries in the world, but it has almost halved its murder rate in recent decades. In 2012, South Africa’s homicide rate stood at 31 per 100,000 people, compared to 64.5 per 100,000 in 1995.

South Africa has the highest murder rate among countries with populations of 35 million people or more. The murder rate since 2011 stayed at around 32 per 100,000 but the number of murders has increased with increases in population. South Africa also has one of the highest rates of rape in the world. AIDS also is a concern there, and it has been reported that if a woman is raped, there is a 25 percent chance her attacker has HIV or AIDS.

Perhaps most shocking of all is that children are often rape victims in South Africa. This is believed to be a result of a myth that having sex with a virgin female cures a man of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Some places in the country even have signs informing people that is not true.

Other crimes committed in South Africa include car hijackings and kidnapping.

10. Colombia
As Colombia struggles to end a 50-year internal conflict, the murder rate in the country remains high, at 30.8 per 100,000 in 2012.

Myth 4 : All of Africa is War torn and Dangerous

  • The number of democracies in sub-Saharan Africa leapt from three in 1989 to 23 in 2008); dictatorships and wars are declining
  • (major conflicts have declined from 12 in the mid-1990s to just four today.
  • Africa has 1.1 billion people of those 1.1 billion, only 4.4 million are refugees.

Some African countries have lowest gun ownership rate

  • Some countries in Africa are definitely dangerous, but some does not mean all.
  • 3/5 of the countries with the lowest gun per capita rate are in Africa.
  • Tunisia, Ghana and Ethiopia

Crime in Ghana is lower than many Industrialized nations Example

  • According to the INTERPOL data, for murder, the rate per 100,000 population in 2000 was 2.48 for Ghana, 1.10 for Japan, and 5.51 for USA.
  • For rape, the rate in 2000 was 6.85 for Ghana, compared with 1.78 for Japan and 32.05 for USA.
  • For robbery, the rate in 2000 was 2.15 for Ghana, 4.08 for Japan, and 144.92 for USA. For aggravated assault, the rate in 2000 was 448.42 for Ghana, 23.78 for Japan, and 323.62 for USA.
  • For burglary, the rate in 2000 was 1.3 for Ghana, 233.60 for Japan, and 728.42 for USA.
  • The rate of larceny for 2000 was 0.08 for Ghana, 1401.26 for Japan, and 2475.27 for USA.
  • The rate for motor vehicle theft in 2000 was not reported for Ghana. The rate for all index offenses combined was 461.28 for Ghana, compared with 1709.88 for Japan and 4123.97 for USA (noting that motor vehicle theft was omitted as part of this total for Ghana).
  • The reported crime rate in Senegal is extremely low compared to industrialized countries. An analysis was done using INTERPOL data for Senegal. According to the INTERPOL data, for murder, the rate in 2000 was 0.33 per 100,000 population for Senegal, 1.10 for Japan, and 5.51 for USA. For rape, the rate in 2000 was 1.71 for Senegal, compared with 1.78 for Japan and 32.05 for USA. (Data for Senegal are for “sex offences (including rape)”, to replace missing data for rape) For robbery, the rate in 2000 was 2.07 for Senegal, 4.08 for Japan, and 144.92 for USA. For aggravated assault, the rate in 2000 was 6.62 for Senegal, 23.78 for Japan, and 323.62 for USA. For burglary, the rate in 2000 was 2.47 for Senegal, 233.60 for Japan, and 728.42 for USA. The rate of larceny for 2000 was 46.98 for Senegal, 1401.26 for Japan, and 2475.27 for USA. The rate for motor vehicle theft in 2000 was 4.11 for Senegal, compared with 44.28 for Japan and 414.17 for USA. The rate for all index offenses combined was 64.29 for Senegal, compared with 1709.88 for Japan and 4123.97 for USA.  The crime rate in Eritrea is low compared to industrialized countries. According to the INTERPOL data, for murder, the rate in 1999 was 2.77 per 100,000 population for Eritrea, 1.00 for Japan, and 5.51 for USA. For rape, the rate in 1999 was 1.69 for Eritrea, compared with 1.47 for Japan and 32.05 for USA. For robbery, the rate in 1999 was not reported. For aggravated assault, the rate in 1999 was 10.26 for Eritrea, 15.97 for Japan, and 323.62 for USA. For burglary, the rate in 1999 was 5.80 for Eritrea, 206.01 for Japan, and 728.42 for USA. The rate of larceny for 1999 was 26.37 for Eritrea, 1267.95 for Japan, and 2475.27 for USA. The rate for motor vehicle theft in 1999 was not reported for Eritrea. The rate for all index offenses combined could not be computed because of the omission of robbery and motor vehicle theft. (Data for USA were based upon year 2000, since USA did not report data to INTERPOL for 1999.)


Sao Tome an Island off the Western Coast of Africa has one of the lowest homicide rates in the world. There were only 6 murders in the country all done by people who knew each other.

Sao Tome


Asmara is safest city in World

  • Safest city in the world
  • residence often leave their homes, car doors and bikes unlocked think Asmara must be the safest city in the world. I never feel frightened. Local and foreign women can walk the streets at night without fear, and local people do not hassle foreigners and went on to highlight that most Asmarinos don’t even “bother to lock up their bikes Even the president of Eritrea hardly brings along any security when traveling through Asmara Read more:



  • Religion, in some Muslim Countries they will cut off your hands for stealing
  • Some countries are dictatorships and will severely punish you for crime

Understanding Africa Myth 3 : Africa has no cities

Africa currently has one of the fastest urbanization rates in the world. Currently almost 50% of Africans live in cities these are the largest cities in Africa

Africa has three megacities Lagos, Cairo, Johannesburg

  1. Lagos 25 million



(Yoruba: Èkó) is the largest city in the Nigerian state of Lagos and also the largest in Nigeria. It is the second fastest growing urban area on the African continent, after Abuja,[11] and one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world.[12] Lagos is a major financial centre in Africa; the mega city has the highest GDP,[4] and also houses one of the largest and busiest ports on the continent.[13]

Lagos initially emerged as a port city which originated on a collection of islands, which are contained in the present day LGAs of Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Amuwo-Odofin and Apapa; the islands are separated by creeks, fringing the southwest mouth of Lagos Lagoon, while protected from the Atlantic Ocean by barrier islands and long sand spits such as Bar Beach, which stretch up to 100 kilometres (60 miles) east and west of the mouth. Due to rapid urbanization, the city expanded to the west of the lagoon to include areas in the present day Lagos Mainland, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, and Surulere. This led to the classification of Lagos into two main areas – the Island, which was the initial city of Lagos, before it expanded into the area known as the Mainland.[14] This city area was governed directly by the Federal Government through the Lagos City Council, until the creation of Lagos State in 1967, which led to the splitting of Lagos city into the present day seven Local Government Areas(LGAs), and an addition of other towns (which now make up 13 LGAs) from the then Western Region, to form the state.[15]

Lagos which was the capital of Nigeria since its amalgamation in 1914, went on to become the capital of Lagos State, after its creation. However, the state capital was later moved to Ikeja in 1976, while the federal capital also moved to Abuja in 1991. Even though Lagos is still widely referred to as a city, the present day Lagos, also known as “Metropolitan Lagos”, and officially as “Lagos Metropolitan Area”[16][17][18] is an urban agglomeration or conurbation,[19] which consists of 16 out of Lagos State’s 20 LGAs, including Ikeja, the state capital.[20][4] This conurbation makes up 37% of Lagos State’s total land area, but houses about 85% of the state’s total population.[21] As a result, Lagos remains the financial centre of the country, and a major financial centre on the continent.[15][4]

The exact population of Metropolitan Lagos is disputed; however, the National Bureau of Statistics in 2015 estimates the population of the area at approximately 21 million.[3][15][22] As of 2014, the Lagos Metropolitan Area is the largest in Africa and one of the largest in the world.[23]

A port on the Atlantic Ocean and the most populous city in Nigeria, Lagos is a metropolitan area that originated on islands separated by creeks. It is the commercial and industrial hub of Nigeria, and unlike the rest of the country, 90% of the population of Lagos have access to electricity,


  • Largest city in Nigeria and Africa
  • According to the UN it will be third Largest city in the world after Mumbai, and Tokyo by 2015
  • Fastest growing megacity (City over 10 million) Worlds 7thfastest growing city
  • Home of Nollywood, worlds second largest movie industry after Bollywood.Home of NollywoodWorlds second largest film industryNollywood makes about 2,400 films per year,
  • Lagos is made up of various islands connected by bridges
  • The Third Mainland Bridge Connected Mainland Lagos with one of the island districts is 12 km in length, making it one of the longest bridges in the world

Worlds Largest Construction Project Eko Atlantic

Lagos is Nigeria’s financial capital


Started in 2012 is a planned district of LagosNigeria, being constructed on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean.[1] It is located on Lagos’ Bar Beach. Upon completion, the new island which is still under development is anticipating 400,000 residents and a daily flow of 250,000 commuters

Lagos has a thriving art and music scene

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Lagos has made many changes in the past

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Makoko slum in Lagos, Nigeria

Makoko slum in Lagos, Nigeria - 2014

Flyover in Lagos Nigeria, pictured in 2005

Flyover in Lagos Nigeria, pictured in 2015


Lagos is also home to the world’s largest church and internet cafe

Richest areas- Banana Island $ 2 million (Average house cost), Ikoyi

Poorest areas- Oshodi, Makoko Village

Lagos is one of the world’s most crowded cities

Lagos Crowded

  • Lagos is made up of various islands connected by bridges

  • The Third Mainland Bridge Connected Mainland Lagos with one of the island districts is 12 km in length, making it one of the longest bridges in the world



  • The city is home to some very wealthy people and very poor people as well.



  • Makoko is a slum in Lagos that has become the worlds largest water village with 85,000






Eko Atlantic



  • Started in 2012 is a planned district of LagosNigeria, being constructed on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean.[1]It is located on Lagos’ Bar Beach. Upon completion, the new island which is still under development is anticipating 400,000 residents and a daily flow of 250,000 commuters. Standing on 10 million square metres of land reclaimed from the ocean and protected by an 8.5 kilometre long sea wall, the $6 billion Eko Atlantic City will, according to its website, be the size of Manhattan’s skyscraper district. Self-sufficient and sustainable, it includes state-of-the-art urban design, its own power, clean water, advanced telecommunications, spacious roads and 110,000 trees

2. Cairo 20.4 million

Cairo city

is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Middle-East and second-largest in Africa after Lagos. Its metropolitan area is the 15th largest in the world. Located near the Nile Delta,[1][2] it was founded in 969 CE. Nicknamed “the city of a thousand minarets” for its preponderance of Islamic architecture, Cairo has long been a center of the region’s political and cultural life. Cairo was founded by Jawhar al-Siqilli “The Sicilian”, of the Fatimid dynasty, in the 10th century CE, but the land composing the present-day city was the site of national capitals whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo. Cairo is also associated with Ancient Egypt as it is close to the ancient cities of Memphis, Giza and Fustat which are near the Great Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza.

Egyptians today often refer to Cairo as Maṣr ([mɑsˤɾ], مصر), the Egyptian Arabic pronunciation of the name for Egypt itself, emphasizing the city’s continued role in Egyptian influence.[3][4] Its official name is القاهرة al-Qāhirah , means literally: “the Defeater”, in reference to the fact that the planet Mars (“Al Najm Al Qahir”) was rising at the time when the city was founded[citation needed] as well as, “the Vanquisher”; “the Conqueror”; Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [elqɑ(ː)ˈheɾɑ], “the Defeater” or, ” “the Victorious” (al-Qahira) in reference to the much awaited[5] Caliph al-Mu’izz li Din Allah who arrived from the old Fatimid Ifriqiyan capital of Mahdia in 973 to the city. The Egyptian name for Cairo is said to be: Khere-Ohe, meaning: “The Place of Combat”, supposedly, in reference to a battle which took place between the Gods Seth and Horus.[6] Sometimes the city is informally also referred to as كايرو Kayro [ˈkæjɾo].[7] It is also called Umm al-Dunya, meaning “the mother of the world”.[8]

Cairo has the oldest and largest film and music industries in the Arab world,


as well as the world’s second-oldest institution of higher learning, al-Azhar University.


Many international media, businesses, and organizations have regional headquarters in the city; the Arab League has had its headquarters in Cairo for most of its existence.


With a population of 6.76 million[9] spread over 453 square kilometers (175 sq mi), Cairo is by far the largest city in Egypt. With an additional 10 million inhabitants just outside the city, Cairo resides at the center of the largest metropolitan area in Africa and the Arab World as well as the 18th-largest urban area in the world.[citation needed]


Cairo, like many other mega-cities, suffers from high levels of pollution and traffic. Cairo’s metro, one of only two metros on the African continent, ranks among the fifteen busiest in the world,[10] with over 1 billion[11] annual passenger rides. The economy of Cairo was ranked first in the Middle East[12] in 2005, and 43rd globally by Foreign Policys 2010 Global Cities Index.[13]


Cairo subway


Largest suburbs – Giza

Richest areas- Garden City, Zamalek, Maadi, Mohandessin, Heliopolis

Poorest areas- Manshiyat Nasr, Dar Al Salaam, Imbaba

,Areas with Most Africans – Ain Shams



3. Johannesburg 14.6 million (Including Pretoria) also known as Jozi, Jo’burg, eGoli, and Joeys, and abbreviated as JHB)



is the largest city in South Africa.

The world’s largest city not situated on a river, lake, or coastline, Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South Africa. While Johannesburg is not one of South Africa’s three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court and has the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. The city is also the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills.


It is the provincial capital of Gauteng, which is the wealthiest province in South Africa.[8] The city is one of the 50 largest urban agglomerations in the world,[9] and is also the world’s largest city not situated on a river, lake, or coastline.[10] The city was named and established in 1886 following the discovery of gold on what had been a farm. The name is attributed to one or all of three men involved in the establishment of the city. In ten years, the population was 100,000 inhabitants. While Johannesburg is not one of South Africa’s three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court, which has the final word on interpretation of South Africa’s constitution as well as with issues in connection with constitutional matters. The city is the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills.[citation needed]

In 2011, the population of the city of Johannesburg was 4,434,827, making it the largest city in South Africa.[11] In the same year, the population of Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area was 7,860,781.[12] Some view the area surrounding the city of Johannesburg yet more broadly than the metropolitan area, adding Ekurhuleni, West Rand and Lenasia; that larger area had a population of 10,267,700 in 2007.[13] The land area of the municipal city 1,645 km2 (635 sq mi) is large in comparison with those of other major cities, resulting in a moderate population density of 2,364/km2 (6,120/sq mi).

  • South Africa’s largest city
  • Largest city in the world not situated on any body of water




  • Johannesburg holds the title of the largest man-made forest in the world
  • Johannesburg is also one of the cheapest cities in the world to live
  • South Africa is the world’s leader in mining and minerals. It has nearly 90% of the platinum metals on earth, 80% of the manganese, 73% of the chrome, 45% of the vanadium and 41% of the gold.

Worlds largest man made forest

Tallest structure in Africa at 882 feet.

The Hillbrow Tower


O V Tambo Airport, busiest airport in Africa

Cradle of Mankind Museum


Palace of the Lost City

Gold Reef City


Constitution Center

Constitution Hill Building Precinct, Johannesburg

Soccer City 2010 World Cup



Johannesburg has more millionaires than any other city in Africa.











Sandton has the world’s largest prada store


Mall of Africa



Johannesburg Melville

Johannesburg stock exchange




is the largeststock exchange in Africa. It is situated at the corner of Maude Street and Gwen Lane in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2003 the JSE had an estimated 472 listed companies and a market capitalisation of US$182.6 billion (€158 billion), as well as an average monthly traded value of US$6.399 billion (€5.5 billion). As of 31 December 2013, themarket capitalisation of the JSE was at US$1,007 billion.



That gives it a market capitalisation-to-GDP ratio that is the third largest in the world; only Hong Kong and Switzerland have relatively larger capital markets. Some of this is accounted for by large overseas companies cross-listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, but even so, the financial sector’s size is remarkable for a country of South Africa’s size and population.



Largest suburbs – Soweto,

Richest areas- Sandton, Bryanston, Houghton

Poorest areas- Alexandra, Diepskloof, Klipton


4. Kinshasa 10  million

This huge, sprawling capital city is the second largest “Francophone” urban area in the world after Paris. Once a site of fishing villages, it now stretches along the Congo river and faces the capital of the neighbouring Republic of Congo, Brazzaville. It is the administrative, economic and cultural centre for DR Congo.

is the capital and the largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located on the Congo River.

Once a site of fishing villages, Kinshasa is now an urban area with a 2014 population of over 11 million.[2] It faces the capital of the neighbouring Republic of Congo, Brazzaville, which can be seen in the distance across the wide Congo River. The city of Kinshasa is also one of the DRC’s 11 provinces. Because the administrative boundaries of the city-province cover a vast area, over 90% of the city-province’s land is rural in nature, and the urban area only occupies a small section in the far western end of the city-province.[1]

Kinshasa is the third largest urban area in Africa after Cairo and Lagos.[2] It is also the second largest “francophone” urban area in the world after Paris, French being the language of government, schools, newspapers, public services and high-end commerce in the city, while Lingala is used as a lingua franca in the street.[4] If current demographic trends continue, Kinshasa should surpass Paris in population around 2020.[

Richest areas- Cite du Fleuve

Poorest areas- Masina

5. Luanda 7 million

Following decades of civil war it has become the country’s primary port and major industrial, cultural and urban centre. Getting rich off revenue from oil and other natural resources, the government has ploughed big money into construction in the city.

is the capital city of Angola, and the country’s most populous and important city, primary port and major industrial, cultural and urban centre. Located on Angola’s coast with the Atlantic Ocean, Luanda is both Angola’s chief seaport and its administrative centre. It has a metropolitan population of over 6 million. It is also the capital city of Luanda Province, and the world’s third most populous Portuguese-speaking city, behind only São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, both in Brazil, and the most populous Portuguese-speaking capital city in the world, ahead of Brasília, Maputo and Lisbon.

The city is currently undergoing a major reconstruction, with many large developments taking place that will alter the cityscape significantly

Richest areas- Talatona, Maianga, Luanda Sul

Poorest areas- North Luanda



The City’s growth has to do with the country’s big boom in Oil. Here are Sonangol headquarters the largest company in Sub Saharan Africa at $22 billion


Luanda is the most expensive city in the world.


Largest housing development in the world




Luanda is planning on building a new Metro system



6. Nairobi 6.5 million


An established hub for business and culture, Nairobi is Kenya’s capital and the largest city in the country. Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the main coordinating and headquarters for the UN in Africa and Middle East, the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON) – Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa, both politically and financially.


is the capital and largest city of Kenya. It is famous for having the Nairobi National Park, the world’s only game reserve found within a major city.

The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to “cool water”. The phrase is also the Maasai name of the Nairobi river, which in turn lent its name to the city. However, it is popularly known as the “Green City in the Sun”, and is surrounded by several expanding villa suburbs.[2]

Nairobi was founded in 1899 by the colonial authorities in British East Africa, as a rail depot on the Uganda Railway.[3] The town quickly grew to replace Machakos as the capital of Kenya in 1907. After independence in 1963, Nairobi became the capital of the Republic of Kenya.[4] During Kenya’s colonial period, the city became a centre for the colony’s coffee, tea and sisal industry.[5] The city lies on the River Athi in the southern part of the country, and has an elevation of 1,795 metres (5,889 ft) above sea level.[6]


With a population of about 3.36 million estimated in 2011, Nairobi is the second-largest city by population in the African Great Lakes region after Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.[1][7] According to the 2009 census, in the administrative area of Nairobi, 3,138,295 inhabitants lived within 696 km2 (269 sq mi).[8] Nairobi is the 14th-largest city in Africa, including the population of its suburbs.

Nairobi is one of the most prominent cities in Africa, both politically and financially.[9] Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the main coordinating and headquarters for the UN in Africa and Middle East, the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa and the second-oldest exchange on the continent. It is Africa’s fourth-largest exchange in terms of trading volume, capable of making 10 million trades a day.[10] The Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC) defines Nairobi as a prominent social centre

Nairobi is currently building what will be Africa’s next tallest building

The 300 meter 984 feet Hass Jabavu Towers

Nairobi is fast becoming Africa’s major IT hub

Nairobi is connected by a commuter rail system

Nairobi is also home to Africa’s biggest slum Kibera home to 1 million people

However there are have been many revitalizations

Kibera Slum Revitalization




Richest areas- Muthaiga, Karen, Langata, Runda, Nyari, Gigiri

Poorest areas- Kibera ( Largest slum in Africa)


6. Abidjan 6.2 million




Originally a coastal fishing village, today Abidjan is a West African cultural hub as well as the former political capital and primary economic centre of Cote d’Ivoire. Following the completion of the Vridi canal, which connected the city on the Ébrié lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean, Abidjan’s place as a trading centre was secured.

is the economic capital of Ivory Coast and is the most populous French-speaking city in West Africa. Its population at the 2014 Ivory Coast census was 4,707,404, which is 20 percent of the overall population of the country. Only Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria, surpasses it within West Africa in population. Considered the cultural crossroads of West Africa, Abidjan is characterized by a high level of industrialization and urbanization.

The city grew up quickly after the construction of a new wharf in 1931 and its designation as the capital city of the then-French colony in 1933. The completion of the Vridi Canal in 1951 enabled it to become an important sea port. In 1983 Yamoussoukro was designated as the official capital city of Ivory Coast, but almost all political institutions and foreign embassies are still in Abidjan.






Richest areas-Cocody, Treichville

Poorest areas- Adjame


7. Khartoum 5.5 million


The capital is a modern city with an ever-increasing number of glass tower blocks built. It is built where the two Niles meet – where the White Nile, flowing north from Lake Victoria, and the Blue Nile, flowing west from Ethiopia come together. The huge, spread-out city is actually made out of three distinct cities; Khartoum, Khartoum North or Bahri, and Omdurman, which are divided by the Nile and its two arms.


is the capital and second largest city of Sudan and Khartoum state. It is located at the confluence of the White Nile, flowing north from Lake Victoria, and the Blue Nile, flowing west from Ethiopia. The location where the two Niles meet is known as the المقرن “al-Mogran“, meaning the Confluence. The main Nile continues to flow north towards Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea.

Divided by the Niles, Khartoum is a tripartite metropolis with an estimated overall population of over five million people, consisting of Khartoum proper, and linked by bridges to Khartoum North (الخرطوم_بحري al-Kharṭūm Baḥrī ) and Omdurman (أم درمان Umm Durmān ) to the west.


Largest suburbs – Omdurman

Richest areas- Al Riyadh

Poorest areas- Umbadda

8. Dar Es Salaam 5.3 million



Started as a fishing village in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam is seen as the capital city of Tanzania in everything but name. Once the capital, it is the country’s largest and richest city, the locus of central government bureaucracy and a regionally important economic center. Located on the East African coast, it has become one of East Africa’s most important ports and trading centers.

Dar Es Salaam is one of Africa’s fastest growing cities





Dār as-Salām, literally “the residence of peace”; or simply Dar, formerly Mzizima) is the largest city of Tanzania and the largest city in eastern Africa by population, as well as a regionally important economic centre.[1] It is Tanzania’s most prominent city in arts, fashion, media, music, film and television. It is Tanzania’s leading financial centre with the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) being the country’s first and most important stock exchange market.[2]



Dar es Salaam is the largest and most populous Swahili speaking city in the world. It is the capital of the Dar es Salaam Region administrative province and consists of three boroughs or administrative districts: northern Kinondoni, central Ilala, and southern Temeke. The city is the leading arriving and leaving point for most tourists who visit tourism areas in Tanzania like the national parks for safaris and the islands of Zanzibar. The region had a population of 4,364,541 as of the official 2012 census.[3]:page: 2 Although Dar es Salaam lost its status as the nation’s capital to Dodoma in 1974 (not completed until 1996), it remains the focus of the permanent central government bureaucracy. Most decisions made by people in power within the city of Dar es Salaam affect the entire nation of Tanzania.

Tanzania BRT


Many new condos are being built

04 Dar Es Salaam Tembea Tanzania

Stopping point for Zanzibar


Richest areas- Peninsula, Northern District

Poorest areas- Msasena


9. Algiers 5 million


is the capital and largest city of Algeria. According to the 1998 census, the population of the city proper was 1,519,570 and that of the urban agglomeration was 2,135,630.[1] In 2009, the population was about 3,500,000. An estimate put the population at about 3,574,000 in 2010. Algiers is located on the Mediterranean Sea and in the north-central portion of Algeria.[2]

Sometimes nicknamed El-Behdja (البهجة) or alternatively Alger la Blanche (“Algiers the White”) for the glistening white of its buildings as seen rising up from the sea, Algiers is situated on the west side of a bay of the Mediterranean Sea. The modern part of the city is built on the level ground by the seashore; the old part, the ancient city of the deys, climbs the steep hill behind the modern town and is crowned by the casbah or citadel, 122 metres (400 ft) above the sea. The casbah and the two quays form a triangle


Algiers is home to the largest company in Africa Sonatrach.



Richest areas- Oran, Constantine, Setif

Poorest areas- ?


10. Addis Ababa 4.6 million




Also known as the “Political Capital of Africa”, the capital city of Ethiopia is where the African Union and its predecessor the OAU are based. This thriving metropolis hosts the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and numerous international organisations.


is the capital city of Ethiopia. Founded in 1886, it is the largest city in Ethiopia, with a population of 3,384,569 according to the 2007 population census with annual growth rate of 3.8%. This number has been increased from the originally published 2,738,248 figure and appears to be still largely underestimated.[2][5]

As a chartered city (ras gez astedader), Addis Ababa has the status of both a city and a state. It is where the African Union is and its predecessor the OAU was based. It also hosts the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and numerous other continental and international organizations. Addis Ababa is therefore often referred to as “the political capital of Africa” due to its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent.[6]

The city is populated by people from different regions of Ethiopia – the country has as many as 80 nationalities speaking 80 languages and belonging to a wide variety of religious communities. It is home to Addis Ababa University. The Federation of African Societies of Chemistry (FASC) and Horn of Africa Press Institute (HAPI) are also headquartered in Addis Ababa.




New Airport plans to be worlds busiest with 120 million passengers




Addis Metro

Bole Lemi industrial zone

Unlike others, it is not driven by natural resources, but large public investments with foreign money.

Largest suburbs – Bole

Richest areas- Mekaniza

Poorest areas- Most districts


Understanding Africa Myth 2 : He/She don’t look “African”, All Africans look a certain way

  • 8 different types of African(Ethiopic/Cushitic,Coastal Creole,Bantu, Sudanese Nilotic,West African-Negro, Malagasy, San, Southern African Coloured)
  • Compared to 3 types of Whites(Germanic, Latin, Slavic),
  •  2 Types of Asians (East Asians, Southeast Asian).

Ethiopic/Cushitic African 120 million

  • Tall/Thin nose Loosely curly hair Thin Bodies (Ethiopia and Eritrea are the skinniest countries in the world)
  • Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti 120 million
  • Speak Amharic (Most common, Somali, Tigrinya .
  • Unlike the rest of Africa, very few speak colonial languages.
  • 2 million live outside of Africa. Some recently in the U.S, Canada, Europe, and Israel, and Saudia Arabia
  • Widest color range


Where in Africa do they live?

Where they live


Interesting Traits about Northeast Africans

Supermodels Due to their long necks, tall stature, slender figure, fine features, copper-toned skin, and exotic accents many international Supermodels like Iman, Liya Kedebe, Waris Diries have come from this part of Africa

“My dream woman is Iman.”

Yves Saint-Laurent[15


Coastal Creole African 2.8 million

  • Seychellan/Coastal African 2.8 million Seychelles, Comoros, Reunion, Sao Tome, Cape Verde
    1 million live outside Africa (Mostly the Cape Verdean Community in the United States, Portugal, and France)
  • Most people in these countries are mixed race average 70%
  • Speak Mostly French, Portuguese, and English and Arabic (In the Comoros Islands)


Bantu East African/Nilotic 150 million

  • Many tall and thin and sometimes heavyset. In Africa is known to have a large forehead.
  • 150 million Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi about 500,000 live outside Africa
  • This is the part of Africa where Swahili is spoken. Swahili is spoken by 140 million people. However due to their colonial past English is also an official language of Kenya, Tanzania, and, Uganda. In Rwanda and Burundi people speak French along with their local language which is Kinyarwanda
  • Dark to medium brown color range

Where in Africa do they live?

East Africa

What are they known for?


  • Approximately half of all of the male athletes in the world who have ever run the 10K in less than 27 minutes hail from Kenya
  • 70 or 80 percent of major international marathon winners since the late 1980s have been from Kenya
  • Most of Kenya’s Olympic medal winners come from a single tribe, the Kalenjin, of whom there are only 4.4 million


Bantu Southern African 220 million


  • Short Medium height, many are heavy set.
  • South Africa, Namibia, Botswana Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dark to light brown color range
  • They speak English, Portuguese, Most common local is Zulu, Xhosa, Shona, Tswana, and Lingala
  • Total 220 million About 500,000 live outside Africa. South Africans, Namibians, Botswanans have one of the lowest emigration rates in the world.

South Sudanese
20 million


  • South Sudan
  • They speak English and Arabic. Most common local language is Dinka and Nuer
  • Most common languages are Dinka, Nuer, Bari
  • Darkest Africans with the shortest color range
  • Majority are tall. Tallest average height in the world
  • Average height of 1.9 m (6 ft, 4in) for men
  • Women of 1.8 m (6 ft) (!).
  • Generally slim
  • About 70,000-100,000 live outside Africa
  • Mostly in the US, Australia, UK

Where do they live?


What are they known for?

They are known for being the tallest people on earth



West African  340 million

  • Medium to tall height
  • Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali,Niger,Chad, Togo, Benin, Guinea, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia
  • (Due to Slavery 200 million people of West African descent live outside of Africa in primarily in North and South America)
  • Currently 4-5 million Immediate West African Immigrants live outside of Africa all over the world
  • 2/3rdof West Africans are Nigerians. About 70% of all African immigrants living outside of Africa are West African.
  • Speak English and French. Most common local languages are Hausa,Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo, Akan, Wolof,
  • This is the type of Black the world most familiar with Medium to Tall Height
  • Dark to light yellow color range


What are they known for

  • West Africans are considered to be some of the best dancers and musicians in Africa

Soccer players

  • West Africa is home to Africa’s best soccer players
  • three-quarters of winners of both the BBC and Confederation of African Football (Caf) accolades hail from the region.
  • Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana are Africa’s only ever World Cup quarter-finalists; Nigeria and Cameroon are the continent’s sole winners of Olympic gold, while Nigeria and Ghana share six Fifa world titles at U17 and U20 level

West African soccer players


Malagasy 23 million

  • Most are mixture of Black and Asian
  • Very few live outside Africa Mostly in France 150,000
  • Official language is Malagasy and French


Where do they live?

Madagascar map

What are they known for?

They are known for having the longest names in the world.


San People 90,000

  • San less than 90,000
  • The Bushmen, also called the San people are the oldest representative of humans according to Oral tradition
  • Speak Khoi-san (click language)



Coloured 6 million

  • South Africa and Namibia, Very few live outside Africa
  • It is a commonly held misconception that Coloureds are just Black and White, when in actuality they are a mix of every race, except Native American, and Pacific Islander
  • Genetic studies suggest the group has the highest levels of mixed ancestry in the world
  • They speak Afrikaans (a language closely related to Dutch) and English

Africa is racially diverse

  • 6 million Whites (6-7 million Blacks in Europe)
  • 4 million Indians (More than any other continent outside Asia) (Durban, South Africa more Indians than any other city outside India)
  • 2 million Chinese (More than any other continent outside Asia and North America)
  • North Africa is Arab and Home to Worlds largest Arabic speaking city








Understanding Africa : Myth 1 – Africa is a Country

  • 1.1 billion people
  • The name Africa comes the Latin word aprica “sunny”.
  • Or the Greek word aphrike (Αφρική), “without cold”.
  • Africa has more countries than any other continent in the world
  • 54 different countries in 5 different regions
  • West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, North Africa,
  • With various types of cultures, languages and climates and topography.
  • Africa is the only continent that occupies all four of the Earth’s hemispheres.
  • If you combine the USA, China, India, Europe and Japan – they all fit into Africa. In fact the USA fits into the African continent three times!

More Basic Facts about Africa

  • 1.1 Billion people
  • Fastest growing region in the world economically at 6% compared to East Asia’s 5%
  • 50 percent of Africans are 19 years old or younger
  • Current middle class is 310 million, which is more than the entire population of the United States.

Understanding Africa Part – Introduction

Understanding Africa : Understanding the Worlds Most Misunderstood Continent : Introduction

Here at We will be making a series of posts dedicated to challenging the most common misconceptions about Africa and Africans.

We will start it off with an article written by Julie D Hackett.

In 2014, Italy’s latest flagship aircraft carrier, the Cavour, rolled into Luanda’s bay as part of a 20 country tour across the Middle East and Africa. Its mission was twofold: to showcase Italy’s military might and to offer free medical and humanitarian services. Friends at the Italian Embassy invited me for a night of opera and Italian aperitivi aboard the massive 244 meter vessel where I got to talking with an Italian sailor. He was an older gentlemen, possibly in his fifties and visiting Africa for the first time. I asked him how his experience had been so far and he lit up at the chance to share some of his impressions.

He started with Cape Town, gushing over its spectacular beauty. I nodded my head in agreement – Cape Town is indeed a stunning metropolis that hosts the perfect meeting between nature and urban development. The sailor went on singing the praises of the city and how nice the people were. It wasn’t long before I picked up on the fact that his impressions were actually rooted in a profound sense of shock about what he had seen. My suspicions were confirmed when he exclaimed, “I couldn’t believe I was in Africa!”


I paused for a minute. What did he mean he couldn’t believe he was in Africa? Did he think Cape Town was in Asia? I asked him to clarify, already having a pretty good guess about what he would say. He confirmed once again by saying, “I didn’t think Africa had any nice cities like that!” He didn’t miss a breath before adding how he was surprised that each place he had seen was so different. At this point, I felt a bit annoyed. I wondered how he could have thought Africa didn’t have any nice cities. How could he think that in a continent of over 50 countries, the cities would be just one big blur of sameness? I decided not to crush his euphoric boyish enlightenment keeping in mind that to many outsiders, African is still viewed as one big primitive country with spear-wielding, loin-cloth wearing, mud-hut dwellers.

Luanda 1

As an American who has lived in Angola for the last three years and traveled to just over one fifth of the countries on the continent, I have become increasingly aware of the prevailing negative views of Africa. When I visit the US and tell people where I live, it usually draws a blank stare. Some admit that they don’t know where Angola is, but generally the first question I get is about Ebola or if I am in any danger. It always serves as a stark reminder that Africa is still painted as a black hole of sadness, war and desperation in need of the charity, grace and fixing of the first world. This is the message that has been sold over and over to “rich world” audiences through mass media and public campaigns, asking people to dig deep into their hearts and pockets to throw money at a distant problem called “Africa”.

So when will we stop casting our condescension over the great “dark continent”? When will we stop portraying the countries of Africa as a lost cause that can only be saved by our generosity? Bob Geldof’s 3rd rendition of “Do They Know its Christmas?” released in December 2014 in an effort to raise money to fight Ebola, proved that in some circles, the narrative about Africa is still the same. While it is undeniable that there is an unacceptable amount of human suffering in many countries in Africa, similar suffering happens in many parts of the world (do people know that parts of Mississippi, USA have higher rates of maternal mortality than some sub-Saharan African countries?), but Africa takes center stage as the one place that cannot seem to rise to the occasion of humanity of its own volition.

While there has been a huge push to strike down harmful stereotypes and to change the way that people see Africa (mainly on the part of Africans themselves), we still see and hear a very narrow side of the story. Some of the same issues do persist, including poverty and conflict, however, we rarely get a balanced perspective which shows a picture of progress and some of the philanthropic efforts initiated by Africans who have actually lived the reality they seek to improve.

As a child, I carried with me a vivid image of Africa – a distant and scary place where children like me suffered unimaginable pain. Montages of skeletal, fly infested babies dying from the devastation of drought and famine were played over and over on television. Now, almost thirty years later, it seems we still have to dig deep to find positive images of Africa, beyond a travel agency advertisement of one of Kenya’s amazing safari parks or Zanzibar’s breathtaking coastline. What about the positive images of individuals from Africa and the numerous African organizations that are striving for change and achieving significant progress and development?

It might come as a surprise to the outside world to see pictures of the waterfront promenade that spans three kilometers of Luanda’s bay full of joggers, bikers and roller bladers on any given night of the week, or when they find out that plastic bags have been banned in Rwanda. It may be completely unexpected to learn that South Africa has a 180,000 square meters shopping mall in Durban, or that the Library of Alexandria in Egypt (yes my friends, Egypt is in Africa) was voted one of the top 25 most modern buildings in the world by CNN Travel, or that Windhoek Lager, a fast growing premium beer from Namibia is now sold abroad in 20 countries or even that cell phones are being used even in the most remote areas of numerous countries in Africa for all kinds of life saving financial and informational transactions. And how can we ignore all of the bright minds and innovations coming from Africa? Dele Olojede, the Pulitzer prize winning author from Nigeria or the 22 Nobel Laureate Winners from Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe, to name a few.

The recognition of these achievements should not however, divert attention from the blaring poverty that has stunted the potential of many communities in Africa. After working on community health and immunization for two years, I witnessed with my own eyes a level of human suffering that should not exist anywhere. I saw babies shrinking away from crippling malnutrition and children not even 10 years old abandoned on the streets and shining shoes for pennies a day survival. I walked through slums where mounds of trash blocked road entrances and children played in nuclear green water full of microbes and disease. I have seen women carrying 20 kilos of pineapples on their head for hours in the punishing sun. In short, I have seen things that have made me wonder how so much suffering can still exist in the 21st century anywhere.

However, even through all of this, I have met and worked with people who want to help improve life in their countries and to bring about more equity. I have also met Africans who are educated and successful who do not belong to the bloodlines of the ruling elite – a common misconception of middle class working Africans. Yes, there are still many issues that need resolution and to be addressed in African countries, but isn’t that the same for most countries around the world? There is a much larger picture, a bigger story of Africa, that is still not being told.

However, if we continue to listen to and believe the same narrative which only paints Africa as a poor continent with such hopelessness and despair, we will only help to perpetuate a massive disservice, not only to those Africans who are succeeding and giving back to their societies, but also to those who really do need help. When we stop viewing them as victims, maybe we can actually begin to achieve some measure of equality – the kind of equality that aid organizations and governments constantly include in their mission statements and fifteen year plans. Once we stop seeing them as lesser human beings and start seeing them as drivers of their own destiny, perhaps we can stop confusing pity with compassion. Maybe then we will recognize the strength, diversity and humanity that exists across the collection of countries that make up one of the most dynamic, vibrant continents on earth with a potential that we can only dream of.

Africa is not a place. It is a continent with many places.



Movies or topics about Black people I am surprised have not been made

1. A movie about the Tulsa Race Riot the biggest race riot in the history of the country


2. Any major movie about Kwame Nkrumah

3. A movie about Mansa Musa the richest man in the history of the world

4. A movie about Madame CJ Walker the nations first female billionaire who was Black.

5. A movie about the Haitian revolution

6. A movie about the Zanzibar rebellion.

Silly things silly people say about Africa

 I know Africa I went to (Insert, Cape Town, Liberia,Kenya, Tunisia, etc.) so I know Africa

No, you know those countries that you went to not the whole continent of Africa, which is three times the size of Europe

Oh, I didn’t know they had this in Africa,

Africa has everything the rest of the world has. Except Some animals, and plant species, and Native Americans and Pacific Islanders。

All African Countries are crap, what African country is well run?




Cape Verde

Increasingly Rwanda

Botswana to name a few