land, sizes, measurement


A lot of people do not really understand the sizes and measurement of land in Nigeria, especially in Lagos state.  In Nigeria today, there are two standards of measurement used.

  • The imperial (Feet; Acres)
  • The metric (Meters; Hectares).

Omo-niles understand the imperial system (inches and feet) while professionals tend to converse in the international system of units (mm, cm, meters). These measurements are dynamic as they can be affected by factors ranging from human to environmental factors. Generally, land is measured in meters, feet, square meters, square feet, acres and hectares in Nigeria.

Before explaining land measurement, let’s start by understanding the term “plot”, which determine the sizes of land in Nigeria.

What is a plot of land?

A plot is a marked out piece of land that is intended for a particular purpose such as building or gardening (farming). It is an arbitrary term used to describe land division in a particular area that has been marked out for development.

In Nigeria, the size of a plot of land varies for different reasons but according to Nigeria’s land divisions, the appropriate plot for a house construction is 50ft x 100ft (50 feet width by 100 feet length). So when looking to buy a land, the first question you should ask the dealer is the size of the plot.

Note: Always ask for plot size in square meters

The different units used for land measurement in Nigeria are as follows:

Meter (m): A meter is a basic unit of length in the metric system. It is equivalent to 100 centimeters (cm) or 39.37 inches.

Foot (ft): Foot (feet in plural) is another unit for measuring length. It is used in the imperial system of measurement and it is equivalent to 30.48 centimetres (cm) or 12 inches.

Square Meter (sqm): The square metre is a fundamental metric unit of area. It is simply the area of a square which measures 1 meter on each side. The symbol m². It is used for measuring the areas of rooms, houses, blocks of land, etc.

Square foot (sq ft): The square foot (square feet in plural) is an imperial unit of area measurement equal to a square measuring 1 foot on each side or 0.0929 square meters.

Acre: An acre is a unit of area commonly used in Nigeria for measuring large expanse of land. An acre is approximately 40% of a hectare and is roughly the size of a standard football field.1 acre is equal to 4,046.86sqm or 43,560sq ft. An acre is approximately 40% of a hectare and is roughly the size of a standard football field. An Acre consist of 6 plots with each measuring 60ft x 120ft (60 feet in width x 120 feet in length).

Hectare: A hectare is a unit of measurement typically used for large tracts of land. It is a land measuring 100m x 100m or 328ft x 328ft or 10,000sqm or 107,584sq ft. It is about 2½ (2.47) acres and consist of 15 plots. With each measuring 60ft x 120ft (60 feet in width x 120 feet in length).

Common land sizes and measurement

18m x 30m = 540sqm

18m x 36m = 648sqm

18m x 33.3m = 600sqm

30m x 30m = 900sqm

50ft by 100ft = 15.24m x 30.3m = 461.77sqm

60 x 120 = 18.2m x 36.4m = 661.82sqm 

Conclusion: If you are to purchase a 50ft x 100ft plot, you are expected to see 15.24m x 30.3m (461.772sqm) or at least 15m x 30m (450sqm).

If it is a 60ft x 120ft plot, you are expected to see 18.2m x 36.4 (661.82sqm) or at least 18m x 36m (648sqm).  These measurement must be indicated on the land title.

Romid Global Homes will help you find the best land deals in Lagos, Nigeria.

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