I finally made it to Tinubu market and decided to provide a couple of naija market tips for the adventurous tourist or the ajebutter pikin who decide to visit markets in Nigeria. Here it goes!!

  1. Have the least possible number of items on you – If you have 5 phones, only take 1 (or none) to the market, avoid wearing any jewelry, etc.
  2. Dress lightly – It gets pretty hot so you’d want to dress as light and comfortable as possible.
  3. Carry a light bag – You’d need somewhere (e.g. a bag) to put your money. My bag preference for market visits would be a sling bag with zips you could have over your neck so it’s directly in front of you all the time.
  4. Go with someone who’s experienced – Otherwise you may find it difficult to navigate the market and be heavily cheated.
  5. Bargain! – My rule of thumb is usually to divide the initial asking price by like 3! Of course this doesn’t always work but it’s a good starting point. If you adhere to tip #4, this shouldn’t be an issue.
  6. Stay alert! – Otherwise you’ll be missing all the items in your bag before you can say jack ro… you get my drift.
  7. Plan to stay hydrated! – I learned this one the hard way. Before we were done at Tinubu market I felt like I was dying! In fact, by the time we got to Balogun market I’d vexed and just went back to sit in the car…lol. I won’t advise one to take a water bottle, but once you’ve been in the market for a bit, just ask for where to buy some nice cool water.

Have you got additional market tips I missed? Please add them using the comments box below!!

  1. In fact, can’t remember the last time I went to the market. Just find it so overwhelming so I just take a picture of what I want and send somebody abeg

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