Fraym, an Africa-focused data company, recently released its Urban Markets Index in which it explored Africa at city-level, ranking the continent’s largest urban clusters by economic activity, consumer size, and connectivity.

Very little data is available about Africa’s urban clusters…Most economic, social, and consumer data is provided on a national basis…But wealth and consumer power is never evenly spread across a country.

According to the Index, Cairo, Johannesburg, and Lagos ranked high on all three components and are the largest, wealthiest, and most networked cities in Africa.

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Outside of the top three, each African city has a unique profile. Some, like Khartoum and Alexandria, are very large markets with many millions of emerging consumers. Others, like Nairobi and Casablanca, are highly connected gateways to their sub-regions and beyond. This reflects the diversity of the continent and the need to examine each city market as a distinct entity.” – Fraym CEO Ben Leo.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Index also finds that 37 of Africa’s top 100 markets are in a single country, Nigeria:

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While Africa is often discussed as a monolith, even in Afridigest at times, it’s important to stay aware of the richness of diversity between and within countries. Moreover, as rapid urbanization continues to sweep the continent, investors & innovators would do well to understand the distinct urban clusters within Nigeria, for example, and elsewhere in Africa.

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