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Biggest Cities in Africa Quiz

Try to name the most populous urban areas in Africa.
According to citypopulation.de, January 2021
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: February 25, 2021
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First submittedApril 3, 2012
Times taken85,542
Average score66.7%
Rating4.88
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Population
City
21.5 m
Cairo
20.1 m
Lagos
14.2 m
Johannesburg / Pretoria
13.9 m
Kinshasa
8.44 m
Luanda
6.50 m
Khartoum
6.45 m
Dar es Salaam
Population
City
6.10 m
Nairobi
5.95 m
Alexandria
5.75 m
Abidjan
5.20 m
Accra
4.85 m
Kano
4.55 m
Casablanca
4.30 m
Cape Town
Population
City
4.03 m
Algiers
3.93 m
Dakar
3.90 m
Addis Ababa
3.73 m
Abuja
3.68 m
Bamako
3.68 m
Ibadan
3.68 m
Kampala
54 Comments
+6
Level 28
Apr 11, 2012
Nice quiz, Quizmaster.
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Level 41
Apr 12, 2012
19/25 - Was trying to spell Abidjan !!!
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Level 76
Apr 14, 2012
Damn missed Tunis! Like the new look of the comment section
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Level 67
Jun 4, 2020
Now I am curious as to what the old comment section looks like.
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Level 79
Jan 22, 2021
It didn't exist :) (I think)
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Level 72
May 22, 2021
No, I looked at an archived quiz from back in 2010, and there definitely was a comments section. This was right around the time JetPunk was transitioning away from being primarily a travel site to being just quizzes.

Other fun notes from this time: the second most popular quiz after Countries of the World was NFL Football Teams, which has since dropped to sixteenth, and the tenth most popular quiz was City Skylines, which has mysteriously disappeared in the years since (as has the quiz I linked). You can see the homepage of JetPunk the travel website here. Crazy to think some JetPunk users weren't even alive at this time.

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Level 79
May 22, 2021
Wow. I had no idea that this used to be a travel site. And I've been here since 2012!
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Level 68
Sep 18, 2021
Very cool, maybe Jetpunk will get a remodel soon? It looks fairly old.
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Level 16
Sep 7, 2013
20
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Level 67
May 6, 2014
Got 18. My knowledge of Africa is very slowling expanding!
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Level 78
Sep 5, 2014
I know all the countries...that's about it for me. I've tried taking the capitals quiz and the only one that I remember that I didn't know before is Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and that's only because it sounds so awesome.
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Level 60
Oct 28, 2014
I always remember Ouagadougou because I spent some time there a while back. The ancient capital's name is almost as good: Bobo-Dioulasso. There's also Koudougou, Moussodougou, Doulougou... incredibly beautiful and safe country.

I got 21 but I think 100% is achievable next time; I had them all in the back of my brain somewhere, just didn't realize that Pretoria is so big!

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Level 55
Apr 18, 2024
spelling "Ouagadougou" and "Sri Jayawardenpura Kotte" should be a quiz in itself
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Level 82
Feb 18, 2022
congrats!
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Level 56
Oct 2, 2014
I'm actually surprised about how high the guess-percentages are. But then again, why would someone who doesn't know anything about Africa take this quiz.

It gives a good overview of the capitals of the medium and large African countries.

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Level 75
Jul 18, 2018
I know little about Africa, but before taking quizzes on this site I would have known even less. That's why someone who doesn't know anything about Africa takes the quiz. Next time (hopefully) I'll know more.
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Level 75
Oct 2, 2014
alas, my africa illiteracy was exposed in this quiz. :(
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Level 66
Oct 9, 2014
16, meh.
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Level 65
Apr 19, 2016
Needs updating :)
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Level ∞
Apr 21, 2016
Updated!
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Level 57
May 1, 2016
From comments, the changes year on year are surprisingly many.
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Level 65
May 1, 2016
Yes, yes. It used to be Cairo, Lagos, Khartoum, Kinshasa, something along that
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Level 70
May 1, 2016
17/20, missed Dakar, Abidjan and Ibadan. Remembered hard ones like Durban, Kampala and Kano however.
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Level 63
Jul 19, 2016
Dammit, why can I NEVER remember Lagos?
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Level 22
Apr 20, 2017
100% on first try!
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Level 68
Jun 4, 2017
Douala being gone surprised me. Got them all though.
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Level 69
Jul 15, 2018
Me too! I've been to Cameroon 7 months ago and I thought I could finally use something I learnt there. Turns out both Yaounde and Douala are next on the list, according to citypopulation.de...
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Level 71
Apr 28, 2018
Easy :D
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Level 74
Jul 15, 2018
I think there's a mistake with the population #'s between city 7 and city 8
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Level 90
Jul 16, 2018
Bamako probably should be on the list now. It's being listed as 3.25 now.
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Level 66
Jan 17, 2019
I didn't guess the #20... I didn't try because I said ...nahh I don't think is on the top 20....
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Level 93
Mar 4, 2019
I was surprised not to see conakry here given the column show the flag of guinea but I suppose red, white and black for Egypt is not so typically African.
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Level 38
Sep 27, 2019
Really atrocious to see Abuja.
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Level 82
Feb 9, 2020
why?
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Level 59
Jul 23, 2020
There's a fictional book series about traditional West African beliefs - That's how I knew Ibadan...
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Level ∞
Feb 25, 2021
In 1960, Bamako had a population of 160,000.

If these trends continue, in the year 2140, Bamako will have a population of 1.95 billion.

Somehow I think that's unlikely...

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Level 78
Feb 27, 2021
Have to remind myself that there's not just Abuja and Ibadan, but also Abidjan.
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Level 80
Feb 28, 2021
Got every one except Cape Town (smacks forehead)
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Level 65
May 22, 2021
What's Ibadan?
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Level 60
May 22, 2021
a city in Nigeria
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Level 59
Jul 6, 2024
a city
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Level 67
May 23, 2021
Thanks to this site I learned the capital of Tanzania so I tried that but not the former capital which is an answer on here.
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Level 68
Jun 14, 2021
I got every Nigerian city except the capital...
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Level 68
Dec 18, 2021
I feel that
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Level 68
Jun 17, 2021
Anyone try Ouagadougou
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Level 86
Jan 3, 2022
Yep!
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Level 59
Feb 7, 2022
I'll probably never learn to spell Addis Ababa...
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Level 82
Feb 18, 2022
Learn Antananarivo, Ndjamena, and Ouagadougou first and then it will seem easy.
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Level 34
Jun 26, 2022
Don’t forget Bloemfontein.
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Level 75
Feb 9, 2023
And Yamoussoukro.
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Level 15
Nov 3, 2022
Gah missed Algeria and Abuja and a few more (cause spelling
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Level 64
Jan 12, 2023
Surprised Yaounde and Douala aren't on the list.
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Level 35
Jan 25, 2024
Surprised Tunis isn't here
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Level 63
Feb 21, 2024
Not sure if citypopulation views this as continous but I feel that the Onitsha / Owerri area should show up as a pre-filled in answer similar to Ruhr or Upper Silesia. It's more densely populated as Kano and is fairly continous.