Going shopping in the open air markets of Lagos should be experienced at least once in a lifetime. The colorful display of goods, the crushing of bodies, the mixing of sweat and the loud voices bargaining over goods are the things that contribute to the uniqueness of the markets.
Here are a few markets that explain the city of Lagos through buying and selling
Balogun Market: This is the largest market in the city, where both locally made and imported fabrics, shoes and other fashion accessories can be purchased. Balogun Market is located in the heart of Lagos Island. The women who run the market, business smart and fashion savvy are arguably the most powerful women in the political scene of Lagos.
Epe Fish Market: This is one of the places to buy freshwater fish. Most of the fishes on sale at the Epe Fish Market are still alive and can be found in woven baskets that are kept in the shallow parts of the river or spread around the market.
- Ebute Ero Market: this was originally the port through which the island communicated with the mainland of Lagos and other parts of Nigeria. This is one of the most crowded markets in Lagos.
- Idumota Market: This market is almost as old as the ancient town of Eko itself, Idumota is one of the best places to shop for bulk products at low prices. Ebinpejo lane in Idumota was once upon a time home to Nollywood home videos
Oyingbo Market: This is one of the most interesting markets on the mainland, specialising in fruits and fresh farm produce and it is opened during the daytime and at night.
- Alaba International Market: The largest dealers in electronics goods in Nigeria can be found here. It has established itself as a distributing network for works produced by both the Nigerian film industry and the Nigerian music industry.
- Mile 12: This is your go-to market for fresh food items at rock bottom prices as it has a wide range of fruits, vegetables, grains and other food items sourced from all over Nigeria.
Ojah Fish Market: Ojah Fish Market is a seafood lover’s haven, and people troop in from both inland Lagos and the Benin Republic to buy fish and other exotic animal made available in the market. The women of Badagry are famous for creating a savoury smoked fish that is sought after all over Nigeria.
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