Inside Africa

The 20 Worst Slums in Africa

Africa is a huge continent with a population of more than 1.1 billion. The continent’s population is set to double by 2050. More than 60 percent of urbanized Africans live in slums. They do not have adequate access to safe water, sanitation and other infrastructure. Their houses are of poor quality and are not secure. Kenya has one of the biggest slums in the world.

Here are the 20 worst slums in Africa.

20) Ezbet el-Haggana (Egypt)

Located in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, Ezbet el-Haggana has a population of more than one million.

19) Alexandra, Gauteng (South Africa)

Popularly known as Alex, Alexandra is a township. It is part of the city of Johannesburg. Alex is one of the poorest urban areas in South Africa. It has more than 20,000 informal dwellings or shacks.

Alexandra Township - via

Alexandra Township – via

18) Nima Slum (Ghana)

Nima is a residential town in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. It is the largest slum in Accra. People living in this slum find it really hard to get clean drinking water. Many people in Nima live with poor sanitation facilities.

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    May I correct you on Kibera slum. Nairobi had approximate population of 3.8 million. Kibera is just one of the slums and covers an area of less that an eighth of Nairobi. So, the claim that Kibera is the home to about 2.5 million people leaves only 1.3 million people living outside Kibera and this is very irrational.

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    The most IRONIC thing is that Kibera was the Constituency of the Ex-Premier of Kenya Raila Odinga..
    He was representing them in the Parliament from 1992-2013..
    Yet he failed to improve their Living condition..

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