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Abuja, Nigeria

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Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria. It is a planned city and was mainly constructed during the 1980s. As of the 2006 census, Abuja has 776 298 people. The UN reports that Abuja grew by 139.7% from 2000 to 2010, making it the world’s fastest growing city.

Abuja’s status as the fastest growing city presents challenges to sustainable development, but the previous task of constructing such a large city demonstrates a willingness and ability to plan that will enable the administration to work towards sustainability goals.

Abuja was founded to address the issue of unplanned infrastructure and rapid urbanisation that was affecting Lagos. The goal of Abuja was to use planning to construct a sustainable, 21st century city.


Initiatives like the Community Planning and Design Initiative have been formed to promote the use of resources such as red earth to embrace Nigeria’s heritage and use a sustainable resource.


UN backed organisations like the Women Environmental Programme contribute towards environmental protections and the promotion of sustainability goals.


Abuja is an ongoing experiment in planned cities, and is being closely monitored by many academics on how it will solve the growing issues of rapid urbanisation.