The 20 Most Populous Countries In Africa

What are the most populous countries in Africa? Africa is the second most populous continent on the planet with more than 1.3 billion inhabitants, representing 17% of the world’s population. In addition, the African continent is also the one that is experiencing the most population growth annually (2.4%).

Due to the lack of birth controls and the ineffectiveness of governments, it is estimated that the population of the continent will exceed 2.6 billion inhabitants in 2100.

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This lack of population control would not mean enormous problems for the continent if it were not for the fact that poverty ravages a large part of the population (one-fifth of the people living in Africa are undernourished and sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest infant mortality on the planet. On average, 1 in 11 children dies before reaching the age of five).

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What Are The Most Populous Countries in Africa?

The 6 most populous African countries (Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, South Africa) are also among the 25 most populous in the world.

The most populous African Nations

Below is a table showing the 20 Most populous African countries:

S/NCountryPopulation
1.Nigeria206,139,589
2.Ethiopia114,963,588
3.Egypt102,334,404
4.Democratic Republic of Congo89,561,403
5.Tanzania59,734,218
6.South Africa59,308,690
7.Kenya53,771,296
8.Uganda45,741,007
9.Algeria43,851,044
10.Sudan43,849,260
11.Morocco36,910,560
12.Angola32,866,272
13.Mozambique31,255,435
14.Ghana31,072,940
15.Madagascar27,691,018
16.Cameroon26,545,863
17.Ivory Coast26,378,274
18.Niger24,206,644
19.Burkina faso20,903,273
20.Mali20,250,833
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