Nigeria Table of Contents Throughout Africa societies that had been predominantly rural for most of their history were experiencing a rapid and profound reorientation of their social and economic lives toward cities and urbanism. As ever greater numbers of people moved to a small number of rapidly expanding cities or, as was often the case, a single main city , the fabric of life in both urban and rural areas changed in massive, often unforeseen ways. With the largest and one of the most rapidly growing cities in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria has experienced the phenomenon of urbanization as thoroughly as any African nation, but its experience has also been unique--in scale, in pervasiveness, and in historical antecedents. Modern urbanization in most African countries has been dominated by the growth of a single primate city, the political and commercial center of the nation; its emergence was, more often than not, linked to the shaping of the country during the colonial era.
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In the s, the Ibadan-Lagos expressway generated the greatest urban sprawl east and north of the city , followed by the Eleiyele expressway west of the city. Since then, Ibadan city has spread further into the neighbouring local government areas of Akinyele and Egbeda in particular. Religion[ edit ] Islam and Christianity are the dominant religions practiced in Ibadan. Christianity spreads all across the core city to the suburbs. Also, next to the Olubadan's palace is the mosque where the Chief Imam holds his Friday jumu'ah service sermons. Ibadan's Cathedral of St. Mary is the episcopal see of the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan , whose ecclesiastical province includes four suffragans bishoprics:
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Victoria Island Tinubu Square Lagos Island, The Island is a loose geographical term that is used to define the area of Lagos that is separated from the "mainland" by the main channel draining the lagoon into the Atlantic Ocean, which forms Lagos Harbour. The Island is mainly a collection of islands that are separated from each other by creeks of varying sizes and are connected together by bridges. The smaller sections of some creeks have been dredged and built over. This part of Lagos is the area where most business activities and entertainment events in Lagos takes place.