Nigeria’s Urbanisation History, Trends, Drivers and Implications

  • Adegbola OjoEmail author
  • Oluwole Ojewale


Urban population growth in Nigeria—in both absolute and relative terms—has been supplemented by opportunities and challenges for urban dwellers. Nigerian cities have functioned as the engines of economic growth. However, frequently unplanned and unprecedented physical growth, combined with tenure insecurity and the proliferation of urban poverty, have given rise to complex linkages between spatial expansion and urban risk and crime. This chapter makes the link between urbanisation and Nigeria’s crime challenge. It provides a review of historical and contemporary process of urbanisation in Nigeria and expands on the debates about the underlying causes. It also discusses the characteristics of the transformative role of urbanisation and its accompanying challenges. The chapter concludes by explaining the nexus between trend and pace of urbanisation and Nigeria’s crime challenge.


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  1. 1.School of GeographyUniversity of LincolnLincolnUK
  2. 2.CLEEN FoundationAbujaNigeria

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