Measuring your land, depending on its purpose will tell you how much space you have for your type of building, area available for farming or how much livestock you can rear on the land.



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


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 metre is a fundamental metric unit of area. A square meter is simply the area of a square which 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 which has sides that measure 1 foot in length.


An acre is another unit of 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.



The typical plot of land in Nigeria stands at around 100 ft x 100 ft = 30 m x 30 m = 10,000 square feet = 900 square meters. In this case, a half plot can be considered to be 50 ft x 100 ft = 15 m x 30 m = 5000 square feet = 450 square meters.

Plots of Land in an Acre

An acre is the same as 4046.86 square meters. If you take a plot of land to be 900 square meters. Then 1 acre contains 4.5 plots (4046.86/900).

Plots of Land in an Hectare

With a plot defined as 900 sqm and given that a hectare is made up of 10,000 square meters – 1 hectare is equivalent to 11.1 plots (10,000/900).