by Mark Babatunde, at 01:56 pm, August 10, 2017, Money Moves

Africa’s 5 Largest Open-Air Markets

5. Onitsha Main Market (Onitsha)

5 Of Africa’s Largest Open Air Markets

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

Located along a tributary of the River Niger, the Onitsha open-air market also known as the Onitsha International Marine Market and prides itself as the biggest market in all of West Africa.

The market attracts people from all over Nigeria and neighboring countries, with merchants pouring in from the ECOWAS sub-region including Accra, Abidjan, Douala, Niamey, and Cotonou to mention a few.

At the Onitsha market, nearly every kind of consumer goods are available at affordable prices, including jewelry, clothing, electronics, foodstuff, household, and industrial and office equipment.

To maximize space, stalls in the Onitsha market are tightly constructed to accommodate as many shops as possible, which can make movement inside the market difficult or nearly impossible during peak business hours or festive periods.

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