All You Need to Know About Land Measurement in Nigeria

Before you purchase land, you must fully understand the system of land measurement or land sizes in Nigeria as it varies for different countries.  The first question to ask the Agent or Developer is ‘What is the size of the plot’.

Lot of people ask, what exactly is the size of a standard plot of land in Nigeria?

The size of a plot of land can vary for different reasons but according to Nigeria’s land divisions, the appropriate plot for a house construction is 100 x 50ft which can accommodate a standard house with a small compound. It is a marked out piece of land for the purpose of building or farming.

In Nigeria, land is measured in Hectares, Acres, Meters and Feet. These measurements are affected by factors which includes but not limited to, economic investment and development patterns, human and environmental factors which could lead to mass migration and artificial scarcity of lands suitable for development.

To better understand land divisions used in Nigeria, different units of area are used as follows:


A hectare is one of the least SI accepted metric system unit. It is a land measuring 100m x 100m (10,000 m2)   or 328ft x 328ft. It is about two and half acres and consists of 15 plots. Prospective buyers and Estate developers often times are at loggerheads on what the unit should be.

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. An Acre is a product of any rectangular plot of land giving a total of 4,046 square metres, 43,560 square feet, 4840 square yards or 0.404686 hectares. An Acre consists of 6 plots each measuring 6 x 120ft/18.3 x 36.6m – 669.8sqm. One Acre is approximately 40% of an hectare.

Others conversions are;

In relation to land measurements, the above divisions constitutes some fraction of an acre which means a plot can be

50 x 100ft/ 15.2 x 30.5m – 463.6sqm (which means there are 8.7 plots of land measuring 463.6sqm in an acre)

60 x 120ft/ 18.3 x 36.6m – 669.8sqm (which means there are 6 plots of land measuring 669.8sqm in an acre)

100 x 100ft / 30.5 x 30.5m 930.25sqm (which means there are 4.3 plots of land measuring 930.25sqm in an acre)


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