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 Nigeria’s Largest Markets

170 million people, with per capita income above $5000, and a burgeoning middle class; it is easy to see why Nigeria is one of the most sought-after hubs for consumer goods globally. This unavoidably forces the establishment of large markets, specialized in retailing either groceries, tech devices or households appliances.

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is home to some of the continent’s biggest and busiest markets. A typical day at one of Nigeria’s busier markets involve long walks and aggressive bargaining, manoeuvring through a mob of fellow buyers, and the frequent calls from traders seeking to lure passers-by to their shops.

Local phrases commonly chorused by these traders include “Oga, wetin you wan buy?”, “Madam I get am for shop!”

Patronizing one of these markets is usually considered a hectic venture. But if you are up for it, here are some of the country’s most visited. 

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1. Nicknamed the ‘China of Africa’, Ariaria Market – located in Aba, Abia State – is one of the largest in Eastern Nigeria. The region is home to the country’s most prolific trading ethnic group, the Ibos, and contributes a significant portion to Nigeria’s consumer goods imports. Chaotic, industrious, rowdy, cheap, inferior; these are a few of the words used to describe the region’s busiest retail hub. As one of the biggest African markets, traders troop in daily from across West Africa, with some coming from as far as East Africa.

2. Alaba International Market, Lagos is the biggest market for electrical appliances, electronics, and accessories in Nigeria. Its customer friendly location has made it one of the country’s most patronised retail hubs. To further expand its reach, it recently launched an online platform, drawing customers not resident in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

3. Kurmi Market, Kano is one of Nigeria’s oldest markets, dating back over 500 years ago to the reign of Mohammed Rumfa in 1463. It was once a trade centre for the North West Africa region. At Kurmi, you can find virtually anything from groceries, to food items, fabrics, and even cattle. As a tourist attraction, it offers souvenir options such as locally woven materials, dyed fabrics, sculptures, carved stones and beaded jewellery.

4. Computer Village, Lagos is the largest IT hub in West Africa, home to prominent dealers of mobile phones, computers and its accessories. According to Omobola Johnson, Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Computer Village generates about $2 billion to the economy annually.

Ed’s note: Read the rest for a few more!

Many drivers cheered last week when federal regulators fined General Motors $35 million, a civil penalty for the automaker’s failure to recall millions of Chevy Cobalts, Saturn Ions, and several related models. But while GM certainly behaved badly in this instance, those cheers may have been misplaced. That’s because we’re creating a culture that encourages recalls where they might not be necessary. (GM recalled another 2-1/2 million vehicles this week). And—surprise—that cost will be passed on to the car buyer. 

We’re Going to Wind Up Paying For All These Car Recalls

destiny-saiyan014 asked:

So I know you watch zero punctuation but what about your thoughts on Jim Sterling just curious

I watch his main show fairly regularly, but don’t bother with any of the tertiary stuff he does (LPs and the like). Like Croshaw, he’s said some really gross shit in the past, but unlike Croshaw, he’s largely owned up to it, and seems to have genuinely changed for the better. I don’t agree with everything he says, and his persona is obviously pretty grating, but all in all I think his presence is a net positive, because he is a loud and powerful voice for consumer advocacy.

And that’s a perspective that’s sorely needed, at a time when game companies are taking increasingly hardline anti-consumer positions, and the vast majority of the mainstream gaming community not only accepts such things, but is actively hostile to anyone who questions them. Unabashed consumer advocacy is depressingly rare in this industry, making Sterling an important part of the conversation, whatever his other failings. 

Window shopping. A5, 2015.

"The transmission of real objects onto a canvas is the art of skilful reproduction, that’s all.
And between the art of creating and the art of repeating there is a great difference.
The artist can be a creator only when the forms in his picture have nothing in common with nature.” - Kasimir Malevich. And then a crayfish and rocket bloomer fucked-up on cheap brandy bit my arse to blood-draw so I kicked it’s face off the hinges and made it watch while my boot set fire to the sandwich shop.

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