BY Mark Babatunde, 1:56pm August 10, 2017,

Africa’s 5 Largest Open-Air Markets

The Onitsha open air market prides itself as the biggest market in all of west Africa. Photo credit: Nairaland

The traditional open-air market remains an enduring feature all over Africa. In most cases, they consist of makeshift stalls or booths, where traders spread out their wares for sale.

Filled with vendors selling local delicacies, general goods merchants, and artisans, tourists can easily learn a lot about a place or its people simply by visiting such outdoor markets.

Open-air markets are popular because traders can save or eliminate the cost of renting a shop, including the cost of maintaining and securing the facility. And this cost saving is often passed on to the end buyer.

From Nigeria to Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana, we bring you some of the largest open-air markets in Africa.

Last Edited by:Abena Agyeman-Fisher Updated: June 19, 2018


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