by Tosin Otitoju
For those who have been in Kano, can you report on the underground dwelling places of the good people of Kano? Or perhaps the city is organized into highrise buildings? I ask these stupid questions because of the stupider fact that according to official records repeated everywhere from wikipedia to a website of professional urban planners (I won’t be asking their services, thank you very much), Kano and Lagos states are in a dead heat for greatest population in Nigeria.
Hmm. An eagle flew over the country and said no freaking way.
Aba, with its famously dense city center, seems to be close to the same size as Kano, or at least you’ll agree that pop_Aba + pop_Ilorin > pop_Kano. That’s quiet Ilorin below. Its population may be close to half that of Kano.
Here is Ibadan, with its famous “brown rusted roofs” – great novel of that title, get it.
Putting these two maps together, I’ll just go ahead and guess that Ibadan has twice as many people as Kano. What do you think?
And now for Lagos
Lagos is massive. Lagos is growing. Oh Lagos has parts that you never knew were there. In Ikorodu, there’s practically a brand new city sprouting. Lekki-Ajah – disgusting how fast the place has become crowded. Neither of those places made it into the three non-overlapping maps of some of the most densely populated parts of Lagos. Also doesn’t show West of Festac all the way to Badagry.
I went to school, plenty of school, that’s true.
But what you didn’t also know is that I once won a contest to guess the number of candy pieces in a large (maybe two feet high) bottle. I won hands down. I guessed almost to the exact count of like a thousand pieces of candy. Really, just apply a little geometry and it’s not that hard – area/circumference of a circle, volume of a cylinder and whatnot. My prize was the candy-filled bottle, which I moved to my dorm room, and then to my friend’s room since I don’t actually eat candy and might have never finished it. Hi Z.I.!
Here’s hoping somebody does the more detailed estimation before I have to. There are satellite images that could be used to make very good estimates of the population and settle this needlessly contentious matter of how many people we are in Nigeria and how many in each state/region/so-called geo-political zone.
Perform your own investigations (before somebody rigs the satellite images lol) using these interactive maps of Nigeria.
– This Best Outside Opinion was written by Tosin Otitoju