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.
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.
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.
"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
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.