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Understanding Land Sizes in Nigeria

Posted by Femi Ajiboye in Articles

 Various terms are currently in use across Nigeria whenever it comes to denoting or measuring the size of land or property. It is important that you are aware of such terms in order to make better and informed decisions and get the best properties at the best prices. In Nigeria today, Land is measured in Hectares, Acres, Meters, and Feet. These measurements are affected by factors, which includes development pattern, human and environmental factors.

What is a standard plot in Nigeria?


We must understand that when it comes to a plot of land – there is no standard size.

A plot is simply an arbitrary term used to describe any piece of land. A plot can be used for various purposes including building a home or farming. When looking to buy land, the first question as a potential buyer you should be asking a developer or an agent is “what is the size of the plot”?

The size of a plot can be measured using a variety of different units such as acres, hectares, square feet or square meters. These units fall under two international standards of measurement: Imperial (feet, acres) and metric (meters, hectares).

Acres and Hectares are measurement units used for larger areas of land such as forests and farmland. However, Feet and Meters are mostly used to describe smaller plots of land, for example in urban areas, where you may want to build a family house. In Nigeria, a plot usually refers to smaller parcels of land. The metric system of measurements is mostly used, these plots of land are usually described in square meters, so are land documents. 

Meter (m)

A meter is a basic unit of length used in the metric system. It is equivalent to 100 centimeters or 39.37 inches.

Foot (ft)

The foot, plural feet, is another unit for measuring length. It is used in the imperial system of measurement. It is equal to 30.48 centimeters or 12 inches.

Square meters (Sqm)

The square meter is a fundamental metric unit of area. A square meter is simply the area of a square that has sides that measure 1 meter in length. It has a symbol m². It is used for measuring areas of anything from rooms to houses to land.

Square foot (Sq ft)

The square foot, plural square feet, is an imperial unit of area. 1 square foot is defined as the area of a square that has sides that measure 1 foot in length.


An acre is another unit of an area commonly used in Nigeria for measuring large expanses of land. 1 acre is equivalent to 4046.86 sqm. An acre is approximately 40% of a hectare and is roughly the size of a standard football field.


A hectare is a unit of measurement typically used for large tracts of land: for example, vast agricultural land. 1 hectare is equivalent to 100 m x 100 m or 10,000 sqm. A hectare can also be represented as 2.47 acres.

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