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There are some travelers whose trip is not complete without a visit to the Market. A Market is a place where buying and selling take place. There are different categories of Market such as local markets, street vendors, and lots of markets in Nigeria.

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Some are more reputable than others. But if you find yourself in any of these cities in Nigeria and you would love to visit a local market, there are some unique markets we recommend. Such as:

1. Onitsha Market


This international market is a wholesaler’s paradise. You can find everything you need in this commercial powerhouse. Inexpensive Clothes, jewelry, industrial equipment, fabrics, electronics, name it, you can find them here. The market has enough space to host large numbers of shoppers at a time. Visiting this market earns tourists the badge of seeing the biggest market in West Africa.

Address: Near the Bridge Head (Niger Bridge), Onitsha, Anambra State.

2. Kado Fish Market

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When you hear of places to visit in Abuja, the only market that pops up is the arts and crafts village. But there is a hidden gem only true indigenes know about and enjoy, it is Kado Fish Market. You can get all kinds of fish from this renowned local market. From smoked or frozen Tilapia, catfish, prawns, and mackerel to Freshwater fish like Nile Perch, Tigerfish, Eels, and more.

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The market is perfect for buying in bulk for those into self-catering for events. It also has fish feeds for those in fish farming. There are also people to help prepare the fish if you prefer watching the process from scratch.

Address: Zuba Garki Road, By Life Camp Junction, Abuja (FCT).

3. Computer Village

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People consider this electronics market in Ikeja, the Tech Hub of Nigeria. In this market, officially called Computer Mega City, you can find any type of tech from laptops, and tablets to desktop computers, from mobile phones to computer accessories. You can also carry out tech repairs in this place. If what you are looking for is not in computer village, then it means you need to order it online. 

Address: 10 Otigba Street, Ikeja, Lagos State.

4. Kemta Adire & Kampala Market


This market in Abeokuta is one of the largest Adire markets in Nigeria. It has coveted intricate tie and dye designs on unique quality fabrics. The market is close to an Adire Mall at Itoku for those who don’t like the hassle of open market. In Kemta Adire Market, you can see people using traditional and modern methods to make the adire. A trip to Kemta Adire Market is a choice activity for tourists visiting Abeokuta.

Address: Asero Road, Abeokuta, Ogun state.

5. Zaki Biam Yam Market

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We all know that Benue is the food basket of the nation. What many people don’t know is that it has one of the largest mono-product markets in Nigeria. At Zaki Biam, the largest yam market in Nigeria, they stack yams like little mountains in a vast space waiting to be bought by wholesalers. Yams from this market are affordable and they come in high quality that is distributed to different states all over the nation.

Address: Off Zaki Biam-Tor Donga Road, Ukum LGA, Benue State.

6. Ariaria International Market

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Popularly known as the Aba market, everyone knows this market as the place to go for locally produced goods. If you truly want to see the ingenuity of Nigerians, then this is the market to visit.

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We nicknamed it the “China of Africa” for its ‘Made in Aba’ goods. You will find everything from handmade shoes, handbags, and leather works to clothing, electronics, etc. in this market. There is also a segment dedicated to the manufacturing of handmade goods. We know this market as the best place for getting replicas of products sold at an affordable price.

Address: Faulks Road, Off Aba-Owerri Road, Aba, Abia State.

7. Kurmi Market

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Dubbed the oldest market in Nigeria; it dates as far back as the 15th Century. The wares for sale at Kasuwar Kurnmi market, hold both a historical and cultural feel. Though popular for craftwork like sculptures and carvings, and also herbs; you will also find tie-dyed fabrics, cattle, and spices, here.

Address: Baba kusa Street, Gwale LGA, Kano City, Kano State

Honorable mentions include the Oil Mill market in Port Harcourt, Naraguta Leatherworks village in Jos, Ladipo Spare parts Market in Lagos, and the Bodija Market in Ibadan. Have you been to any of these markets? If not, which is your favorite market to visit? Tell us why do you love it.


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This article was first published on 29th June 2022


Ann Esievoadje is a freelance writer who is passionate about encouraging a reading culture and personal development. She has authored two books, The Quilt (fiction) and Being Mummy and Me (non-fiction). She manages Pulchra Publishing which offers a content creation/editing, transcription, different forms of writing (including Ghostwriting) service and her blog, Life Love and Anything Goes at You can reach her at

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