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  Nigeria’s local crafts markets offer a unique glimpse into the country’s diverse heritage, providing visitors with an opportunity to engage with traditional crafts, artefacts, and the warm hospitality of the Nigerian people. In this article, I’ll highlight some local crafts markets in Nigeria, each offering a distinct experience for those seeking authentic cultural immersion.
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  1. Lekki Arts and Crafts Market (Lagos)

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Nestled in the heart of Lagos, the Lekki Arts and Crafts Market is a bustling hub of creativity. Here, artisans proudly display their handcrafted items, from intricately woven textiles to beaded jewellery and traditional Nigerian masks. Visitors can engage directly with the artisans, gaining insight into the meticulous processes behind each piece.
  1. Jabi Art and Craft Market (Abuja)

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The Jabi Art and Craft Market in Abuja is a melting pot of culture and commerce. Renowned for its diverse range of crafts, including leather goods, woven baskets, and traditional clothing, this market offers a sensory delight for those eager to explore Nigeria’s artistic heritage.
  1. Kurmi Market (Kano)

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Kano’s Kurmi Market stands as one of the oldest and most iconic markets in Nigeria. Its narrow lanes are lined with stalls brimming with colourful fabrics, hand-carved wooden artefacts, and exquisite pottery. The market’s historical significance adds an extra layer of charm to the vibrant atmosphere.
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  1. Akwete Weaving Center (Abia)

For a deeper appreciation of traditional weaving, the Akwete Weaving Center in Abia is a must-visit. This centre specializes in Akwete cloth, a handwoven textile with intricate patterns. Visitors can witness the skilful art of weaving and even purchase these unique fabrics as souvenirs.
  1. Eko Hotel Art and Craft Market

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The Eko Hotel Arts and Craft Market specializes in a diverse array of African paintings, engraved, and sculptured art gifts and souvenirs. Conveniently situated on the premises of Eko Hotel and Suites, nestled in the bustling heart of Victoria Island, Lagos, this art and craft market offers an ideal location for enthusiasts and visitors alike.

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Final Thoughts

Exploring Nigeria’s local crafts markets is a journey into the heart and soul of the nation. Each market narrates a unique story through its crafts, reflecting the diverse cultures that contribute to Nigeria’s vibrant tradition. From the bustling streets of Lagos to the historic markets of Kano, these local crafts markets offer an immersive experience, inviting visitors to connect with the creativity and traditions that define this Giant of Africa.
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This article was first published on 7th March 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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