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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.

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Seriously: You can even tell people that you came up with the idea–I don’t care–I just want the idea to get out there! So, here it goes:

I watch documentaries–a lot of them. I watch documentaries about the food supply chain, about wage slavery, about the economy, about ALLLLL kinds of world problems, and here is what most of them say: VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLAR.

They put the responsibility of fixing all these world problems on us, the oppressed, who have no power to create laws, to raise militaries and send them into war, to issue police departments badges and guns, to tax, to govern, or do anything that resembles ACTUAL, authoritative power. They tell us, in order to to effect public policy, we need only to purchase certain items and NOT purchase other items when we are at the store. But this ignores a very simple principle…

If I own the store, and if I have a vested interest in the supply chain, and the power that holds over all the slaves at the bottom of the system, I’m just going to RAISE THE PRICE on all the things that might in one way or another upset the stranglehold I currently maintain over all the impoverished, oppressed consumers.

EXAMPLE: in my store, conventional bananas cost 20 cents per pound and fair-trade, organic, non-gmo bananas cost 70 cents per pound. YOU, as the ethical consumer, decide that you want to cast your vote for the fair-trade, organic, non-gmo bananas and so you are willing to pay the extra 50 cents per pound to ensure that your vote is heard. But, when I see that the trend starts to shift, and more and more ethical consumers are purchasing the fair-trade, organic, non-gmo bananas for 70 cents per pound, I’m just going to raise the price to whatever price I NEED to raise it to, in order to ensure that you are FORCED into purchasing the conventional, non ethical bananas, thereby supporting the oppressive power structure I already had in place and ensuring its continuity.


Do you see now how voting with your dollar AT THE CASH REGISTER doesn’t actually work? Do you see now it’s JUST ANOTHER SEDATIVE: a way we can BLAME OURSELVES for problems they design us into???

BUT!! There is ONE WAY voting with your dollar MIGHT actually work!!! Here’s how:

We all pay taxes every year, correct? Here’s what I propose: divert ALL taxes (sales, income, etc.) to be paid at a single point in the year. Most people use electronic forms of payment, so keeping track of their accumulated sales tax throughout the year would not be a very difficult thing to do. Craigslist purchases already don’t incur sales tax, so people already get around paying tax on many cash purchases. A list would be made available NO LATER THAN SIX MONTHS IN ADVANCE to tax time every year. This list will be compiled of EVERY SINGLE government program, subprogram, agency, committee–anything you can think of. You would then have the opportunity to allocate DIRECTLY to whatever agency, subagency, committee, department: whatever YOU wanted to and you could allocate whatever percentage of your tax obligation you chose to however many agencies you wanted to divide your tax obligation amongst. YOU WOULD BE REQUIRED TO PAY ALL OF THE TAXES YOU HAD ACCRUED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, BUT YOU COULD DECIDE, DIRECTLY, WHICH PROGRAMS YOU WANTED TO FUND AND WHICH ONES YOU DIDN’T.


No more lobbyists; no more corrupt politicians. There would still be legislators, but corrupt programs would get no funding because WE would decide NOT to fund them.

Want to fund the military? Go for it.

Want to build hospitals? Put your money where your mouth is.

Support ethical farming? Vote for it at tax time.

When WE decide where the money goes: we take back the power.

This would work: don’t let their brainwashing convince you it wouldn’t. Let’s stop FOLLOWING the money and let’s start LEADING it.

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App matches consumers with businesses that hold the same values

Faced with so much choice, consumers are increasingly looking to associate themselves with brands that maintain ethical practices. We have already seen platforms such as Slavery Footprint and aVOID, which help consumers stay away from products associated with forced or child labour. Now, the new Glia app is taking into account a consumer’s full range of social, political and economic values — enabling them to differentiate between the businesses that support those beliefs and those which work against them. READ 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 2-½ 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.