Nigeria is not only the most populous nation in Africa, it is also one of the most economically developed. This is a bit observed in the number of tall buildings housed by the country. This post gives a list of the 10 tallest buildings in Nigeria.
Nigeria is home to some of the tallest buildings in Africa. Most of these buildings are located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, and in Lagos. Abuja and Lagos are also two of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria.
This list is based on standard measurements of height, and it covers only the first 10. The list includes spires and other architectural structures. However, it does not include antenna masts. This is because antenna masts may make the list lose its essence.
Note: This list is dynamic. It may change over time.
List Of The 10 Tallest Buildings In Nigeria
1. NECOM House, Lagos.
The Nigerian External Communications (NECOM) House comes first on our list of the tallest buildings in Nigeria. Standing at a staggering 160m (525ft), this building is also the tallest in West Africa.
NECOM House is located at Marina, Lagos Island, Lagos State. It was completed in 1979, and it has a floor count of 32.
At the top of the building is a communications spire which serves as a lighthouse beacon for Lagos Harbour.
NECOM House suffered a fire in 1983. This caused some damage to the building. In 2015, it suffered another fire which affected the top of the building.
Even with the incidents, NECOM House remains the tallest building in Nigeria.
2. Union Bank Building, Lagos.
This is the second tallest building in Nigeria with a height of 124m (407ft). It is the headquarters of the Union Bank of Nigeria, and is also located at Marina, Lagos Island, Lagos State.
The 28-storey building which was designed by Modulor Group cannot be left out when listing the tallest buildings in Nigeria.
3. The World Trade Centre (Tower 2).
No, this building is not located in New York. It is actually located in Abuja, Nigeria.
The World Trade Centre is a complex of eight buildings in the Central Business District of Abuja, Nigeria. Seven of these buildings will be skyscrapers, and two of them have already been topped out.
Tower 2 of the World Trade Centre is a 120m (394ft) 25-floor office building located in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. It was completed in 2016.
It is the tallest building in Abuja, and the third tallest building in Nigeria.
The World Trade Centre (Tower 2) is located on Plot 1113, Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja.
4. The World Trade Centre (Tower 1).
This building is a sister to Tower 2 above. It is a residential building that stands at 110m (361ft), making it the tallest residential building in Nigeria.
Tower 1 of the World Trade Centre has 24 floors, and 120 apartments. It was completed in 2016.
This building is also located at Plot 1113, Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja.
5. Ministry of Communication Building, Lagos.
Standing at 109m (358ft), the Ministry of Communication Building, Lagos, seals its place among the tallest buildings in Nigeria.
The building has 30 floors.
6. Cocoa House.
This 26-storey 105m (344ft) high rise is located in Ibadan, Oyo State. It is owned by Wemabod Estates Limited, a subsidiary of Odu’a Group of Companies.
Commissioned for use in August, 1965, Cocoa House was once the tallest building in tropical Africa.
The building was formerly known as “Ile Awon Agbe”. This is translated as “House of Farmers”.
It was gutted by fire on 9th January, 1985, and was rehabilitated for use in August, 1992.
7. Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos.
The Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos, is a 22-storey building that was completed in 2013.
It is a branch of the Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts which has over 180 hotels in more than 60 countries.
Located on Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos State, this edifice stands as the seventh tallest building in Nigeria. It has a height of 105m (344ft).
8. Independence House.
The Independence House is an office building west of Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, Lagos State.
Commissioned by the British government in 1960, the 103m (338ft) high rise once housed the Defence Headquarters. During this period, it was known as Defence House.
The main contractor for the design and construction of this building was G. Cappa.
9. CBN, Lagos.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) building in Lagos was built in 2013.
This building has 19 floors, and stands at 100m (330ft), making it the 9th tallest building in Nigeria.
It is located in the heart of Lagos Central Business District, Lagos State.
10. Great Nigeria House, Lagos.
The Great Nigeria House is a high rise located on Martins Street, Lagos Island, Lagos State.
The building stands at 95m (312ft), and has 22 floors. It takes the Number 10 spot on this list of the tallest buildings in Nigeria.
It currently houses the Mainstreet Bank of Nigeria in Lagos, and some warehouses.
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So, here is the list of the 10 tallest buildings in Nigeria:
- NECOM House, Lagos.
- Union Bank Building, Lagos.
- The World Trade Centre (Tower 2), Abuja.
- The World Trade Centre (Tower 1), Abuja.
- Ministry of Communication Building, Lagos.
- Cocoa House, Ibadan.
- Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos.
- Independence House, Lagos.
- CBN, Lagos.
- Great Nigeria House, Lagos.
That’s about it for the list of the tallest buildings in Nigeria.
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Author: Vincent Abolarin
Vincent is a Nigerian blogger with special interest in the history and current happenings in the country. When he is not blogging, he enjoys reading and playing computer games.