Africa is on the move – economic growth is robust, foreign investment is growing and its expanding urban middle classes are creating an internal market of global scale.
The continent is actively harnessing its natural resources, but Africa is not just about the commodities boom: growth in manufacturing, technology and telecoms, finance and business services, outsourcing, retailing and hospitality are all changing the face of the continent’s cities.
Scroll down as we take you to the top four commercial cities in Africa, starting with:
Cairo has the oldest and largest film and music industries in the Arab world, as well as the world's second-oldest institution of higher learning, Al-Azhar University. Many international media, businesses, and organizations have regional headquarters in the city; the Arab League has had its headquarters in Cairo for most of its existence.
The city of Cairo has acted for an infinite time as a guardian and a center for culture, art, and beauty. It is quite famous for being the capital of Egypt, and the largest metropolitan area in Africa, The Middle East, the Arab world, and the 15th largest in the world.
The city occupies an area of about 528 square kilometers in northern Egypt, 120 km (75 mi) west of Gulf of Suez & Suez canal, 165 km (100 mi) south of the Mediterranean Sea and lies on both banks of the Nile River near the Nile delta.
▪️Nairobi , Kenya
Nairobi is one of Africa’s top business places for opportunities related to technology and innovation.
The Kenyan capital is full of prestigious companies and provides a socio-professional environment conducive to work and investment.
Local and International companies and startups come together, in a modern business environment connected to the rest of the world.
The job market in Nairobi is promising and needs more skills. Nairobi is fast becoming the African home of choice for multinational companies, especially those in the services sector, looking to grow their presence on the continent.
Nairobi is making the region a safe bet to invest in. The peace dividend has seen homegrown African multinationals such as Ecobank, Stanbic, UBA, MTN, KCB and Equity are pursuing a more aggressive expansion strategy in these markets, which are similar to their home markets. Global multinationals too, like Pfizer and IBM, are smelling opportunity in the region
▪️ Johanessburg, South Africa
Johannesburg, affectionately called Jo'burg, Jozi, and E'Goli, the "city of gold," is the financial and industrial metropolis of South Africa, built on a rich history of gold mining.
The city is rapidly evolving from an edgy safari stopover to a vibrant hub for arts and culture. Cutting-edge contemporary galleries and the new Maboneng Precinct, with its funky restaurants, cafes, and art studios, now rank among the city's top tourist attractions along with the poignant Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill. Glaring disparities — the shanty towns of Soweto, birthplace of the nation's struggle for democracy — still contrast sharply with the walled villas of wealthy enclaves and the city's gleaming skyscrapers.
However, rapid changes are coaxing tourists to linger. Hop aboard one of the new Gautrain trains and buses to explore or take a guided tour, and not far from the city's borders, more adventures await.
You can commune with wildlife at a popular lion park; stroll among the beautiful gardens, parks, and other attractions in Pretoria, the country's administrative capital; and explore the UNESCO-listed Cradle of Humankind, one of the richest paleoanthropological sites in the world. Discover the best things to do with our list of the top attractions in Johannesburg.
▪️Lagos , Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria’s former capital, is Africa’s largest city. It once had a rumor of being a dangerous city to live in, but now skyscrapers and business suits are slowly but surely manifesting the city as the money-making headquarter in Africa.
Nigeria has the largest population in Africa and one of the biggest in the world. Lagos, the highest populated city of the country, overflows with motivated, ambitious and well educated citizens.
They also attract the largest foreign direct investment ( FDI) in Africa.