Urban Change in a Northern Nigerian City – Kaduna


The team at the Max Lock Centre at the University of Westminster are making good progress with their study, now at an advanced stage, of urban change in the northern city of Kaduna.

This city has a special place in the history of Nigeria having been founded and adopted as the first capital of the country's Northern Province in the early twentieth century. 

At one time a major industrial centre housing the country's largest textile mills which have now nearly all closed, its population has continued to burgeon, swelled by continuing rural in-migration and with an economy driven by a large public sector, including its military garrison, residual manufacturing, the only oil refinery in the north, and a swollen informal sector. 

Drawing on a wealth of survey data from two master planning studies carried out by the original Max Lock and Associates in 1965-7 and revisited by its successors, including the team at Westminster, in 2008-10, during which time the population multiplied nearly tenfold, the study is providing some unique insights into the process of rapid urbanisation in the sub-Saharan African context.