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10 Most Popular Markets in Nigeria and what they are Known for


A Market is one of the many varieties of system, institutions, procedures, social relations and infrastructure whereby parties may engage in exchange. While parties may exchange goods and services by barter, most markets rely on sellers offering their goods and services in exchange of money from buyers.

Walking into Nigerian Markets,especially any of these listed here requires a certain skill that has been mastered by mostly mothers. These markets are so popular around the country that every Nigerian has heard about them at least once and knows what is sold in them.

Here are the list of 10 Most Popular Market in Nigeria and What they are known for.

1. Onitsha Market ( Anambra State)

Onitsha Main Market is considered as west Africa's Commercial Power House from imported second hand clothing to jewellery to industrial equipment. Onitsha has it all in its expansive market. It is considered the biggest market in terms of items availability and land size.

2. Computer Village ( Ikeja)

According to Omobola Johnson, a former minister of ICT, computer village contributes about 2 billion dollars to Nigeria's Economy annually. The market is considered the IT hub of Nigeria, where both indigenous and famous phone gadgets and accessories are sold.

3. Balogun (Marina-Lagos)

Lagos Island Market or Balogun market is brimming items as well as people. With Lagos being one of the populous states in Africa, visiting the market is one of the stressful thing to do. However the energy is intoxicating and there are lot of things that can be bought there

Ladipo Market ( Mushin Lagos)

Largest is the spare parts market in Nigeria in terms of availability because of the Lagos Port. Electrical and mechanical spare parts of any kind, new and old of any car brands is available here. This is where other vendors come to purchase parts.

5. Ariaria Markets:- This is the market where majority of the made in Aba and made in Nigeria items are made from shoes to bags, there is no product or brand replica that you want or are searching for that isn't present here. Although the markets has been tagged as selling replicas and inferior goods, there are also indigenous and quality products making their way into the market.

6. Oil Mill Market( Port Harcourt, Rivers State)

This market is known for crowd of people who troop in every Wednesday to buy food stuff. You can buy fresh produce at very cheap prices at this market.

7. Bodija Market ( Ibadan, Oyo State)

At Bodija, you can purchase wholesale or retail food stuff at your choice. It has a wide variety of fresh and dried produce sold at cheap prices. People troop into the market to but cattle and food stuff

8. Zaki Biam Yam Market

Benue is 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 market to buy high quality yams directly from farmers at the market.

9. Kasuwa Kwari Market ( Kano State)

This market has everything clothing and material. This is where people from all over Nigeria and West Africa come to purchase quality handmade tie and fabric at cheap cost.

10. Alaba International Market (Lagos)

Every Nigerian at least once in their life has heard about this market where everything electronics and appliance are sold. This is also one of the major markets for Nolly wood Distributors.

These are the 10 most popular markets in Nigeria highlighted above. You may decide to visit one of these markets one day, you already know what they are known for in this article. Please share and make your comments.