Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia in both cases. It is a remarkable continent that is distinctly outstanding among the seven continents. Africa is affluent in cultural heritage and diversity, has a wealth of natural resources, offers breathtaking tourist attractions, and contains some of the most sophisticated political systems.
Home to over 1.3 billion people who speak over 1,500 different languages. The continent has the youngest population worldwide with 41% of its population under the age of 15. However, the increase in population is erratic, being almost 7.6 times more than it was in the 1950s. Nonetheless, the population is expected to grow up to 2.49 billion by 2050, about 26% of the world’s population.
Hitherto, Africa’s population growth rate is propped up by some African countries, and these countries are put together to hold a 61% share of the African population.
This article unleashes the most populous African countries, which includes;
Nigeria – 200,963,600
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation. The country is home to over 206 million people. Year-in-year-out, its population increases by a marginal point of 5.5 million. Having 2.64% of the world’s population, Nigeria is the seventh most populous country worldwide.
Ethiopia – 112,078,730
After Nigeria comes Ethiopia. Found in Africa’s horn on the east coast, the landlocked nation of Ethiopia is the second-most populous country in Africa. It holds about 112 million people with an annual growth rate of 2.6%. This culturally diverse region is home to over 80 ethnic groups of multiple origins, including Cushitic and Afro-Asiatic.
Egypt – 100,388,070
A large portion of Egypt’s over 100 million inhabitants resides in Cairo and cities along the River Nile, with 43% living in urban areas. The country’s population makes up 1.31% of the world’s population, with an annual increase of 1.8 million people. Egypt experiences an annual growth rate of 1.94%.
The Democratic Republic Of Congo – 86,790,570
Subsequently suffering incredible population growth in the last decades, The Democratic Republic of the Congo is Africa’s fourth most populous nation. It is the second-largest country in Africa by landmass and one of the fastest-growing nations globally. From 1990 to 2010, the country increased its population from 34 million to 64 million. Today, DR Congo’s population is nearly 87 million.
South Africa – 58,558,270
Indexed as Africa’s fifth-most populous country, South Africa is home to over 58 million residents. The country presently has a 1.28% yearly increase, plunging huge from its massive peak in 1983, when the population heightened by 2.8%. South Africa makes up 0.76% of the world’s population and is one of the most advanced countries in Africa.
Tanzania – 58,005,460
Uncovered just west of the Indian Ocean in East Africa, Tanzania wields a population of just about 58 million inhabitants. Their population expansion ranks among the highest at 2.98%, with the expectation of doubling in the following 24 years.
Kenya – 52,573,970
Popular for its safaris, this East African country’s thrift is rapidly growing. With around 52 million Kenyans under 30, Kenya is one of Africa’s inexperienced countries. The country represents 0.69% of the world’s population, with its numbers expected to make twice as much by 2040.
Uganda – 44,269,590
Taking eighth place in Uganda, a landlocked country in East Africa home to roughly 44 million people. With an annual population growth rate of 3.32%, Uganda is one of the world’s most rapidly growing nations. Its median age is 16.7 years.
Algeria – 43,053,050
Considered the largest country in Africa, Algeria’s 919,600 square miles are predominately desert. Most of the country’s estimated 43 million inhabitants reside in its urban areas or near water sources. With an annual population growth rate of 1.85%, it’s anticipated the population will double by 2050.
Sudan – 42,813,240
With a population coming close to 43 million people, Sudan is one of Africa’s most populous countries, taking its place as the tenth. This North African country borders South Sudan and Egypt. Although most of Sudan’s land is arid, it’s home to several major settlements along its riverbanks.