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Bujumbura tops Africa’s fastest growing cities

Bujumbura tops Africa’s fastest growing cities

SETH ONYANGO FORMER Burundi capital, Bujumbura is the fastest growing city in Africa, catalysed by rapid urbanisation, population growth and employment opportunities. Consumer and market data portal, Statista projects its population to grow 123 per cent to reach 2.3 million people in 2035. It comes on the back of expanding democratic space under President Evariste Ndayishimiye who took over the reins of the landlocked state in the Great Rift Valley in May 2020. Bujumbura currently has a population of slightly over one million, expected to more than double in the next 14 years. Zinder, Niger, is Africa's second-fastest-growing city. With…
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Why Nigeria can’t fix its development agenda: and where the solutions lie

Why Nigeria can’t fix its development agenda: and where the solutions lie

UCHE ISIUGO-ABANIHE, Professor of Demography, University of Ibadan NIGERIA has an estimated population of about 206 million, making it the seventh most populous country in the world. The country’s population is projected to increase to 263 million in 2030 and 401 million in 2050 when it will become the third most populous country in the world. This is because the country’s population continues to grow at a high rate of 2.6%. The global population growth is 1.05% per year. Nigeria’s population growth is a product of persistent high fertility and consistently declining mortality. In 2018 the total fertility rate (or…
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