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Photo Essay: Agbeni Market — Ibadan's 'mother of markets' Special

Ibadan - Agbeni wholesalers market is the "mother of markets" in the city of Ibadan. The market specializes in wholesale distribution of processed household provisions and supplies produced by the light manufacturing industry in Lagos and Ibadan.
 

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Cartons of sugar stacked high in a Nigerian market
Cartons of sugar stacked high in a Nigerian market
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A motorcyclist weaves his way through the traffic jam. A bike ride is always the fastest way to move...
A motorcyclist weaves his way through the traffic jam. A bike ride is always the fastest way to move around town both in Lagos and Ibadan
Young hawkers on the main street. The girl in the foreground hawks plantains  while the girl ahead h...
Young hawkers on the main street. The girl in the foreground hawks plantains, while the girl ahead hawks popcorn.
Nigerian women learn to balance loads on their heads from very early in life. Women prefer to balanc...
Nigerian women learn to balance loads on their heads from very early in life. Women prefer to balance loads on their heads because unlike the men, they lack arm strength required to lift and carry heavy loads.
Products never come with a price tag at a Nigerian market. Women haggle endlessly and sometimes quar...
Products never come with a price tag at a Nigerian market. Women haggle endlessly and sometimes quarell over the right price
 indomie  is the most popular noodles on the Nigerian market. The top floor of the building is the s...
"indomie" is the most popular noodles on the Nigerian market. The top floor of the building is the sales office of a wholesaler. Wholesalers at the highest level of the distribution channel are called "distributors."
A distributor offloads a consignment on Ologede Street
A distributor offloads a consignment on Ologede Street
A boy hawks fresh pepper and tomatoes. Child labor? He is probably about 14 or 15
A boy hawks fresh pepper and tomatoes. Child labor? He is probably about 14 or 15
A massive traffic jam on Ologede Street that remained unresolved in the few hours the Digital Journa...
A massive traffic jam on Ologede Street that remained unresolved in the few hours the Digital Journal reporter was at the market
Note the woman with the carton of  Petals Hair Oil  balanced on her head. She is a petty trader. She...
Note the woman with the carton of "Petals Hair Oil" balanced on her head. She is a petty trader. She buys a carton of the product at a discount at Agbaje, breaks the carton into smaller units and resells to final users.
The human traffic at Agbaje Street is crushing.
The human traffic at Agbaje Street is crushing.
Agbaje Street is single massive sprawl of open-air shopping mall consisting of thousands of small sh...
Agbaje Street is single massive sprawl of open-air shopping mall consisting of thousands of small shops operating collectively at the level of the North American retail store. But behind the scenes at the market are the wholesalers,' as we shall see...
Cartons of sugar stacked high in a Nigerian market
Cartons of sugar stacked high in a Nigerian market
Most traders in household provisions and supplies are women. This woman guards her purchases jealous...
Most traders in household provisions and supplies are women. This woman guards her purchases jealously.
A young child hawks packaged water. A case of child labor commonplace in Nigeria
A young child hawks packaged water. A case of child labor commonplace in Nigeria
Road rage. Vehicular and human traffic merge. A man pulls a cart of planks through the traffic.
Road rage. Vehicular and human traffic merge. A man pulls a cart of planks through the traffic.
The traffic jam worsens. Pedestrian traffic now mingles freely with vehicular traffic
The traffic jam worsens. Pedestrian traffic now mingles freely with vehicular traffic
Newly purchased cartons of detergents  tinned tomatoes are stacked and secured on carts.
Newly purchased cartons of detergents, tinned tomatoes are stacked and secured on carts.
This is the main street at Agbeni (Ologede Street). Agbeni is a busy market on any ordinary day  but...
This is the main street at Agbeni (Ologede Street). Agbeni is a busy market on any ordinary day, but the street is choked up today because the yuletide business season is at its peak
Agbeni is a single stretch of open air shopping mall  consisting of hundreds of small shop/stall own...
Agbeni is a single stretch of open air shopping mall, consisting of hundreds of small shop/stall owners. The women sometimes pool resources to negotiate better prices with their suppliers

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