Ojo Alaba International Market Bad News, Good News and What to Expect
Ojo Alaba international market is a market in Lagos Nigeria and one of the largest market in west Africa with 10’s of thousands of offices, shops and sub shops, with over two millions traders and buyers transact on it on daily basis.
Ojo Alaba Market Bad news
Ojo Alaba market does not have a well planned structures in place for visitors to the market, if you coming with a car for example it will be hard for you to see a convenient parking space for your car. Most customers or buyers of items end up parking their cars far away from the section they would buy what they’re looking for in the market.
There is no toilet facility own by the association in the market rather it owns by individual business people, that means for you to use any of the facilities you have to pay.
Because of huge number of traders, manufactures, distributors, importers and original goods and items sold in Ojo Alaba market is also a safe heaven for fake and piracy. As fake and pirated copies easily get in the market using the reputation of the manufacturers and real owners of the goods and items there in the market to sale their fake or pirated materials. Eg Video, CDs, Cable etc
Ojo Alaba internatonal marker has an unorganized and untrained commission agents called tout all over the sections of the market, because of their unprofessional way of approaching customers many customers get threaten when they enter the market.
Ojo Alaba Market Good news
Ojo Alaba international market is hub for Electronics, Cds, Video, Fancy items, Furniture among others. Alaba market house all the popular producers, dealers, importers, owners of various items use in various house in Nigeria. The names like Global update pictures (Kenneth Okonkwo production, Nolly wood movie producer and marketer), Rich rock (Movie Producer), OZ production(Music producer and marketer) Become rich (Movie producers and distributor), Obino music (Music producer, marketer and distributor), Eugebros ( Electrical dealer and owner of Century stabilizer,), Uchemag (Electronics importer), Super masters items owners and so on, the list is too long to list here.
What this means that you get original of the whatever item you’re looking for as their respective owners, sole distributors, manufactures, producers are in Alaba market.
Ojo Alaba market have a functional task force where you can report any unpleasant dealings, they will take it up from there.
Virtually all the Banks in Nigeria are in Ojo Alaba market, that makes transaction easier as these banks are right inside the market
Transporting yourself or item after buying is easy as they’re so many transporters in the market both for inter state and any part of the country.
What to expect in Ojo Alaba Market
No matter the road you pass to reach Ojo alaba market there is always traffic jam, so you need to plan ahead to be able to meet up. The major traffic jam is Volks bus-stop for someone coming from Mile2, festac, Ojo barracks etc
Entering the market the first set of people that will meet you and ask you what are you looking for are these commission agents (tout) because they’re working for their individual needs you will be treated like a goal to be accomplished. That is to say everybody will be trying to drag you to his part, this might be embarrassing, even a bit intimidating especially if this is first time you’re going to Alaba market. But they’re not there to hurt you but to be the one responsible in taken you to a certain shop where they will collect commission when you buy.
No matter what you’re looking for, (provided that very item is in Alaba market) any shop you enter would likely say they deal on that item. There is nothing new here, they simply go to the person that has it and bring it to you.
When a dealer or shop owner don’t have what you’re looking for or perceive that you can’t afford that item they will try to convince you to buy another similar item.
There is always traffic congestion in the market, the challenge you face while coming in the market is likely the same while leaving the market especially if you’re with a car.