Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 385

Full Length Research Paper

An analysis of the spatial pattern of activity transition in a traditional African city: A case study of Ilorin, Nigeria

  Adedokun Olutoyin Moses  
Department of Geography, Federal College of Education, Zaria, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

  •  Published: 18 November 2011



This paper analyses the spatial pattern of activity linkages of people in Ilorin especially the types, location and the spatial pattern of the linkages among the diverse activities. Data were collected from 500 residents of Ilorin, each of whom completed a time budget diary over one week. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the data while probability transition analysis was used to analyse the linkages between the activities.  The result shows that the activities were fixed in space and that there is no significant linkage between the activities. The study also shows clearly that spatial structure of activity in Ilorin is different from what occurs in Western cities where there is strict zonation in the usage of space. It therefore, follows that in planning facilities and infrastructures, they should be located in focal points because if there is a demonstrable linkage between two activities in space, it makes sense to locate the facilities housing them in the same space so as to eliminate time and energy consuming travel.


Key words: Spatial pattern, activity transition, traditional African city.