Walking into a Nigerian market, especially any of these listed here, requires a certain skill that has been mastered by mostly mothers.
No Nigerian would deny the fact that he has heard about one of these markets atleast once or twice and to vsit these markets you have to be a pro to be able to navigate.
Nigerian markets are both culturally and materially rich, and are different from markets in other parts of the world. I will list out 5 very popular markets amongst others that are unique in their way.
1.) BALOGUN MARKET ( MARINA, LAGOS)
Balogun Market is a market located on Lagos Island in Lagos State, Nigeria. The market has no particular address because it sprawls across so many streets on the island. Balogun market is recognized as the best place to buy fabrics, shoes and all sorts of wares.
With Lagos being one of the most populous cities in Africa, visiting the market is one of the most stressful things to do. However, the energy is intoxicating and there are lots of things that can be bought there on a bargain.
2.) BODIJA MARKET ( IBADAN, OYO STATE)
Bodija Market is a popular open-air market located in Bodija, Ibadan North, Oyo State, South Western Nigeria.
At Bodija, you can purchase wholesale or retail foodstuff of your choice. It has a wide variety of fresh and dried produce sold at cheap prices. People troop in to buy cattle and foodstuff.
3.) ZAKI BIAM YAM MARKET ( BENUE STATE)
Nigeria is by far the world’s largest producer of yams, accounting for over 70 –76 percent of the world production. Benue, the food basket of the nation, is the home to the biggest yam market in Nigeria. Traders from all across the country come to Zaki biam to buy the high quality yams directly from the farmers at the market.
4.) ALABA INTERNATIONAL MARKET ( OJO , LAGOS)
Alaba international market is an electronics market located in Ojo, Lagos State, Nigeria. It is the largest electronics market in Nigeria. Apart from the sales of electronic products, the markets also deals in the repair of home appliances. The market and its wide range of business activities gives opportunities to electronics and electrical engineers who specialized in the repair of faulty home appliances to transact businesses with dealers electronics.
This is also one of the biggest markets for Nollywood distribution.
5.) OIL MILL MARKET ( PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE)
Oil mill market is known for the crowd of people that troop in every Wednesday to buy everyday foodstuff. You can buy fresh produce at very cheap prices at this market.