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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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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.
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The mainstreet is absolutely choked up with vehicular and human traffic. Strangers have to rub again...
The mainstreet is absolutely choked up with vehicular and human traffic. Strangers have to rub against each other when they pass. Note the man hawking picture books.
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 Sunlight.  A popular brand of laundry soap in Nigeria
"Sunlight." A popular brand of laundry soap in Nigeria
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There was a massive traffic jam on Ologede Street that remained unresolved in the few hours the Digi...
There was a massive traffic jam on Ologede Street that remained unresolved in the few hours the Digital Journal reporter was at the market
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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 distributor offloads a consignment on Ologede Street
A distributor offloads a consignment on Ologede Street
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Ologede Street. The lady hawks loaves of bread with margarine. She applies the margarine spread for ...
Ologede Street. The lady hawks loaves of bread with margarine. She applies the margarine spread for the buyer. Because of its high energy content, laborers, popularly called "alabaru" at markets, feed heavily on bread and margarine. The association of laborers with bread and margarine is a popular joke in Ibadan.
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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
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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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Cartons of sugar stacked high in a Nigerian market
Cartons of sugar stacked high in a Nigerian market
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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
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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.
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A street hawker. She is a mobile mini-shop
A street hawker. She is a mobile mini-shop
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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
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This woman is eaten up with curiosity. She has been trailing the photographer for a while.
This woman is eaten up with curiosity. She has been trailing the photographer for a while.
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The human traffic at Agbaje Street is crushing.
The human traffic at Agbaje Street is crushing.
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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.
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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.
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Methodist Cathedral  Agbeni  founded in 1905.
Methodist Cathedral, Agbeni, founded in 1905.
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Note the manner in which product cartons are stacked high to optimize use of cramped space. Tinned t...
Note the manner in which product cartons are stacked high to optimize use of cramped space. Tinned tomatoes, cocoa beverages, and tinned milk products. "Milo" (the green-painted building in the background) is a popular brand of cocoa beverage. "Cowbell" (the blue-painted building in the background) is probably the most popular brand of powdered milk in Nigeria.
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