Land Sizes and Measurements in Nigeria

Land Sizes and Measurements in Nigeria

Most people who purchase land in Lagos State and elsewhere don't really understand land sizes and measurements in Nigeria. As a potential buyer wishing to buy land or build a new house you must be conversant with a few of these figures. The first hurdle is to understand the system of land measurement in Nigeria.

In Nigeria today, land is measured in hectares, acres, metres, and feet. These measurements are affected by factors, which include development patterns, and human and environmental factors.

Land Sizes and Measurements in Nigeria


A plot is a marked-out piece of land for the purpose of building or farming. The word ‘plot' is an arbitrary term used to describe a land division carved out for property development.

The size of a plot can vary for different reasons depending on location and the individual or corporate body selling it. Some individuals still sell a plot of land as 648 Square metres (sqm or m²) but real estate developers usually do not use that.  Some real estate companies sell their land per square metres(sqm or m²) while some sell at 300sqm, 450sqm, 500sqm, and 600sqm as the case may be.

Here is the explanation of different sizes and measurements of a plot of land or proper understanding:

  • 648sqm(standard size): This is either 18m by 36m or 60feet by 120feet.
  • 600sqm: Either 20m by 30m or 65feet by 100feet.
  • 500sqm: Either 20m by 25m or 55feet by 100feet
  • 450sqm: Either 15m by 30m or 50feet by 100feet.
  • 300sqm(half of a plot): Either 10m by 30m or 33feet by 50feet.
Land Sizes and Measurements in Nigeria


An Acre is a standard unit of measurement used by land sellers and it is almost equivalent to the size of a standard football field.

Please note that an acre can be of any shape. It could be square-shaped, triangular, rectangular or circular in shape as long as its area is equal to 43,560 square feet.

An acre can be expressed as:

  • 4,046 Square metres
  • 43,560 Square feet
  • 6 plots of land, depending on the area of each plot.
Land Sizes and Measurements in Nigeria


A hectare is one of the least known metric units and one which potential buyers and Estate developers seem to struggle with -It is a land measuring:

  • 100m x 100m OR
  • 328ft x 328ft OR
  • 10,000 sqm OR
  • Two and a half acres OR
  • 15 plots.

Before you buy land anywhere in Nigeria, ensure you make a proper investigation about the size before you make a financial or legal commitment to avoid being cheated. I hope this knowledge about land sizes and measurements in Nigeria will guide you when buying landed properties.

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