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

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.
 

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Oja Oba: Hawkers and buyers mingle at the market
Oja Oba: Hawkers and buyers mingle at the market
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
Oja Oba: A side entrance to the King s Palace
Oja Oba: A side entrance to the King's Palace
Side view of the King s Mosque  or Ibadan Central Mosque
Side view of the King's Mosque, or Ibadan Central Mosque
Oja Oba: Sacks for sale
Oja Oba: Sacks for sale
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
Offloading begins after the brief delay
Offloading begins after the brief delay
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."
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
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.
Haggling can be very prolonged indeed
Haggling can be very prolonged indeed
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.
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
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
Descending into the Gege valley from Basorun Oluyole s compound in Oja Oba
Descending into the Gege valley from Basorun Oluyole's compound in Oja Oba
Young men loiter in the market. Stay alert  pickpockets on the prowl
Young men loiter in the market. Stay alert, pickpockets on the prowl
 Afin Olubadan ti ile Ibadan : The Palace of the King of Ibadan
"Afin Olubadan ti ile Ibadan": The Palace of the King of Ibadan
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
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