A report from the 2020 World Air Quality report has crowned Accra, the capital city of Ghana as the Africa’s 3rd most polluted city in the continent. Bamako, the capital city of Mali tops the chart of Africa’s most polluted cities and the air quality in Bamako has been classified as “unhealthy for sensitive groups”.
Cities in South Africa have the largest appearance on the chart in terms of numbers as Sebokeng in South Africa occupies the second position with Soshanguve, Sasolburg, Pretoria, Springs, Midstream and Ga-Rankuwa and Johannesburg, all South African cities occupy the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th positions respectively. Eleven (11) South African cities make the top 15 of Africa’s most polluted cities.
Ugandan city Kampala, comes in 5th on the list while Abidjan came in 13th on Africa’s most polluted cities and occupies the third (3rd) position in West Africa. Amazingly, there was no city in Nigeria making it onto the list.
The report has cast the dark cloud on the air quality in Nigeria and one of the challenges faced during data collection of the report was that the magnitude of air pollution in Africa on lives and health of the people can not be quantified as air quality data is limited.