Nigeria is known as a business hub, and what is business without a market. Nigeria is a large country with a population of over 170million people. Invariably, the size of the population would have a proportionate demand for goods and services. Hence, the mega markets we have in different cities across the country.
Though every village, town and city has its own market, yet, some markets boasts of the patronage of customers from far and wide.
Here are a list of the largest markets in Nigeria.
# Onitsha Main Market.
Onitsha main market is reputed to be the largest market in West Africa. Located in the commercial city of Onitsha, Main Market as it is called is a hive of activities all week – round, except on Sundays.
Customers from all over Eastern Nigeria, the South – South region and even neighboring countries within West Africa patronize the market.
Traders in the market have a powerful umbrella union called “Onitsha Market Traders Association (OMATA).
It is estimated that 2 billion naira worth of transaction is traded in Onitsha main market everyday.
# Alaba International Market.
Alaba International market is a leading market in Lagos,located along Badagary Express way, Ojo, Lagos. It is reputed for the sale of electronics and all types of home appliances including , washing machines, generators, fan, sound system, decoders , etc.
Alaba is home for the distribution and sale of Nollywood movies and other entertainment productions . On a down – side, the market is notorious for piracy.
Ariria market is located in the commercial city of Aba, Abia State. The market is dubbed the “China of Africa” as its traders are known for their ingenuity and creativity in design and manufacturing. The market is best known for the sale of fabrics, shoes, bags, leather and leather products, etc.
Idumota market is one of the oldest markets in Lagos State. The market is also known as “Eko” and is located in Lagos Island.
It is best known for the sale of clothings, shoes and bags, jewelleries, frozen food, etc.
#Kurmi Market, Kano.
Kano is one of the largest cities in Northern Nigeria, with a population size of more than 9 million people. It is expected that the city would command a hive of economic activities.
Kurmi Market was established in the 15th century and up till today, is still a vibrant market.
The market prides a lot of cultural artifacts and locally made goods. One can get good deal on leather and leather products, hide and skin, locally woven materials, dye and tie, jewellery, grains, etc.
#Nkwo Nnewi Market.
Nkwo Nnewi is another large market in Anambra State located in a small town called Nnewi. The market has been dubbed the Japan of Africa because of its reputation of the sale of motor spare parts. All kinds of motor spare part can be found in the market and also trained mechanics who know how to fix or install it.
Customers from all parts of the country patronize the market.