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.
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.
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.