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article imageBig market scenes from Ibadan, Nigeria — Oja-Oba/Orita-Merin Special

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By JohnThomas Didymus
Apr 7, 2012 in Travel
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Ibadan - The heart of the indigenous section of Ibadan originally settled by Oyo war refugees in the nineteenth century is today a massive sprawl of commodities market. Oja-Oba/Orita-Merin is as big as any commodities market you will find anywhere in the world.
Digital Journal reporter takes the reader on a tour of this famous West African market whose major roads appear an endless stretch of small stalls.
The Oja-Oba/Orita Merin Market (The "King's Market") spreads from Mapo Hill where the municipal city hall is located and is one of the biggest foodstuffs markets in Ibadan. Most foodstuffs sellers at the market are women though men help out with labor intensive jobs.
View of Orita-Merin from the Mapo Hill
View of Orita-Merin from the Mapo Hill
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Descending from Mapo down the long stretch of road at Orita-Merin
Descending from Mapo down the long stretch of road at Orita-Merin
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Orita-Merin: Yam tubers displayed
Orita-Merin: Yam tubers displayed
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Orita-Merin: Yam sellers. The midday sun is hot  some of the women use umbrellas
Orita-Merin: Yam sellers. The midday sun is hot, some of the women use umbrellas
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A young load carrier (called  alabaru ) pulls a cartload of bags of rice up the hill with some assis...
A young load carrier (called "alabaru") pulls a cartload of bags of rice up the hill with some assistance
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Pepper  Tomatoes  vegetable oils
Pepper, Tomatoes, vegetable oils
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Onions  native condiments
Onions, native condiments
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Cassava tubers  melon seeds  cowpeas
Cassava tubers, melon seeds, cowpeas
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Fresh vegetables: The market is broken up into thousands of individual traders who pool resources to...
Fresh vegetables: The market is broken up into thousands of individual traders who pool resources to purchase from farmers. The market therefore approaches the theoretical ideal of a perfectly competitive market.
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Grains  gari (cassava flour)  cowpeas
Grains, gari (cassava flour), cowpeas
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Onions  canned tomatoes
Onions, canned tomatoes
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The market approaches a perfectly competitive market because it is composed of thousands of independent sellers who compete for sales.The major food items are Yams, Maize, cowpeas ("beans"), rice, vegetable oils, cassava products, onions, tomatoes, pepper, millet, sorghum, vegetable oils and fruits.
Onions  Onions and Onions
Onions, Onions and Onions
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Varieties of cowpeas  maize  gari (cassava)
Varieties of cowpeas, maize, gari (cassava)
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A stall for processed products  matches  canned tomatoes  vegetable oils
A stall for processed products, matches, canned tomatoes, vegetable oils
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Moving deeper into the heart of the market. The road sloping down from Mapo Hill is quite a stretch.
Moving deeper into the heart of the market. The road sloping down from Mapo Hill is quite a stretch.
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Oja Oba: Hawkers and buyers mingle at the market
Oja Oba: Hawkers and buyers mingle at the market
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Haggling: The customer appears to have questioned the quality of the product. The seller offers a sa...
Haggling: The customer appears to have questioned the quality of the product. The seller offers a sample for inspection
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An endless succession of small stalls. Note the yellow kegs to the right contain red palm oil  a fav...
An endless succession of small stalls. Note the yellow kegs to the right contain red palm oil, a favorite ingredient in Yoruba Nigerian stews rich in Vitamin A.
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Young men loiter in the market. Stay alert  pickpockets on the prowl
Young men loiter in the market. Stay alert, pickpockets on the prowl
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Fruits section: Mangoes  Oranges. Note the little boy. He s making a request the photographer ignore...
Fruits section: Mangoes, Oranges. Note the little boy. He's making a request the photographer ignored
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This little boy asked to be snapped. He finally had his way after he stalked the photographer for a ...
This little boy asked to be snapped. He finally had his way after he stalked the photographer for a while
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Stalls at the edge of a gully. Quite risky  but every space is precious
Stalls at the edge of a gully. Quite risky, but every space is precious
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A group of women having a mini trade conference  it seems. The woman in the background looks up and ...
A group of women having a mini trade conference, it seems. The woman in the background looks up and asks, "Hey why is the 'akowe' snapping us?"
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 He caught you half-naked   her companion says  laughing.  Akowe  apologizes but it is only light-he...
"He caught you half-naked," her companion says, laughing. "Akowe" apologizes but it is only light-hearted banter. The weather is so hot and it isn't unusual for the women to undress in the open during the day
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Mostly cassava tubers. They are used for making  elubo   a flour used for preparing  amala   a dark ...
Mostly cassava tubers. They are used for making "elubo," a flour used for preparing "amala," a dark starchy pasty meal Ibadan people, including the photographer, love
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More cassava tubers: A customer haggles for the right price
More cassava tubers: A customer haggles for the right price
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A new consignment of cassava tubers ready for offloading. The young men in the foreground are Hausa ...
A new consignment of cassava tubers ready for offloading. The young men in the foreground are Hausa laborers. One of them eyes the photographer suspiciously and calls the stall owner.
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Oja Oba: The owner of the stall appears and gestures at the photographer:  Hey  you!  The photograph...
Oja Oba: The owner of the stall appears and gestures at the photographer: "Hey, you!" The photographer explains he is a tourist sightseeing. He accepts the explanation reluctantly
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Offloading begins after the brief delay
Offloading begins after the brief delay
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Haggling can be very prolonged indeed
Haggling can be very prolonged indeed
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Oja Oba: Sacks for sale
Oja Oba: Sacks for sale
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Ojaa-Oba derives its name from the presence of the King's palace in its midst. In olden times women often set up their markets close to the King's palace for protection. The women are under the protection of the palace and no one may harass them.
Oja Oba: A side entrance to the King s Palace
Oja Oba: A side entrance to the King's Palace
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 Afin Olubadan ti ile Ibadan : The Palace of the King of Ibadan
"Afin Olubadan ti ile Ibadan": The Palace of the King of Ibadan
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The frontage of the King s palace: He is known officially as  Olubadan of Ibadan.
The frontage of the King's palace: He is known officially as "Olubadan of Ibadan."
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Oja Oba: The King s mosque is next to his palace. The indigenous Ibadan are mostly moslem
Oja Oba: The King's mosque is next to his palace. The indigenous Ibadan are mostly moslem
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Side view of the King s Mosque  or Ibadan Central Mosque
Side view of the King's Mosque, or Ibadan Central Mosque
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