Top 20 Largest Markets In Nigeria (2022)

This article is about the top 20 largest markets in Nigeria currently in this 2022 and their locations. The biggest markets in Nigeria are also the most popular and a very large number of people troop into them on a daily basis for all their needs. There are many markets in Nigeria but these leading ones that we shall be looking at shortly, stand out in terms of size, quality and quantity of wares on display on a daily basis, and as we have earlier mentioned, their popularity.

Top 20 Largest Markets In Nigeria

What makes these markets the go-to places for many people in the country is that you can get practically almost everything you’re looking for at any one of these markets. The biggest markets in Nigeria that are listed here in this article are peculiar for the particular types of goods on display in them. Some are food markets, others are electronics markets while yet others are markets where you can buy all types of clothes.

A vast majority of other markets listed here are also automobile spare parts markets or a combination of one, two or all four product segments that we have highlighted, keeping their customers within their vicinity and ensuring that they do not go home without picking up what they came to these markets for. As we proceed, Nigerian Guide has provided a comprehensive list of the leading and most popular markets that are scattered at different locations of the country, kindly continue reading below to find out what they are.

TOP 20 LARGEST MARKETS IN NIGERIA 2022 AND THEIR LOCATIONS

The following are the 20 largest markets in Nigeria currently in this 2022 and their locations in no particular order:

ONITSHA MAIN MARKET, ONITSHA, ANAMBRA STATE

According to many sources, the Onitsha Main market is the biggest and busiest market in Nigeria as well as in West Africa. At this particular large market in the country, you will be treated to a wide variety of goods and services. Many wares on display at Main Market Onitsha are sold at affordable prices and it is little wonder why many people from all over the country visit this market for their business purposes seeing that majority of the sellers at this market source their goods directly from the manufacturers. This market is very crowded and care must be taken so as not to fall victim to pick pockets.

LADIPO MARKET, MUSHIN, LAGOS STATE

The Ladipo Market is also ranked as one of the largest markets in Nigeria and today, it is the largest auto spare parts market in the country currently in terms of availability of goods as a result of its proximity to the Lagos Seaports. At Ladipo Market, you’re sure to find all types of electrical and mechanical motor spare parts of any car brand, whether it is brand new or tokunbo, and you can be rest assured that you will get good value for your money because this market has a track record of delivering excellence over the years. Care has to be taken however so that you do not fall victim of fake goods and if you must go with someone who knows better than you concerning spare parts, please do.

MILE 12 INTERNATIONAL MARKET, MILE 12, LAGOS STATE

Mile 12 International Market, located at Mile 12 in Lagos State is a very large market in Nigeria that is very well known as the home of perishable goods and the food hub of the entire West Africa. If you are looking for foodstuff of all types, whether it is rice, beans, yams, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and other vegetables, one of the first ports of call in Nigeria should be Mile 12 market. At Mile 12, foodstuffs are sold at very affordable prices but as it is with other big markets in Nigeria, the place is usually very crowded but there are walkways through which you can access the main market.

ARIARIA INTERNATIONAL MARKET, ABA, ABIA STATE

The Ariaria International Market is located in Aba, the economic hub of Abia State and it is currently one of the biggest and most popular markets in Nigeria today. This market is the home of made in Nigeria goods be it shoes, bags, other leatherworks, etc. This market is a place brimming with talent and you are sure to find a lot of product replicas being made and sold at affordable prices. There is a manufacturing only segment at Ariaria market where a wide range of goods are hand-made. If you need a product replicated in Nigeria, Ariaria Market, Aba is your best bet.

BALOGUN MARKET, MARINA, LAGOS

Balogun Market is yet another one of the biggest and most popular markets in Nigeria. This large market spans a very large area on Lagos Island and can be accessible via different streets on the Island. At Balogun, you are sure to get assorted clothing materials, shoes, office wears, and other goods such as wines, wristwatches, and even plastic materials for home use. It is a multipurpose market that serves a wide range of buyers.

ALABA INTERNATIONAL MARKET, OJO, LAGOS STATE

Alaba International Market is another one of the biggest markets in Nigeria that is very popular among Lagos residents and many other Nigerians from other parts of the country who love to visit this place for all types of electronic products, be it computer laptops, mini laptops, the best television brands, air conditioners, CCTV cameras, to mention but a few, you’re sure to get what you’re looking for when you visit the popular Alaba International Market in the Ojo area of Lagos State. This market is also renowned for the marketing and distribution of CDs in the country.

ZAKI BIAM YAM MARKET, BENUE STATE

The Zaki Biam Yam market is located in Benue State in the North-Central geopolitical zone of Nigeria. Seeing that this is a food market, it is not surprising to know that it is situated in the State which has its slogan as the “Food Basket Of The Nation”. This market is the largest mono-product market in Nigeria that deals on quality yams and at this market, you can find people from all over the country coming to export yams to their different States of origins and residence. One interesting thing about the Zaki Biam Market is that you can buy as many yams as possible at really cheap prices and get quality at the end of the day.

OYINGBO/IDDO MARKETS, LAGOS STATE

Oyingbo market is located in Ebute Metta East, Lagos Mainland Local Government Area of Lagos State. Oyingbo and Iddo markets are in close proximity to each other and they are very large, popular markets for foodstuff, livestock, and other household items. You can also get clothes and shoes at cheap rates in Oyingbo market while Iddo is strictly a food market just like Mile 12 International Market and the Zaki Biam Market.

COMPUTER VILLAGE, IKEJA, LAGOS STATE

Computer Village, officially known as Computer Mega City, is the largest IT/electronics market in West Africa and it is located in Ikeja, the Capital City of Lagos State. You can find every type of computer, mobile phones, tablets, and their accessories in this particular market.

BODIJA MARKET, IBADAN, OYO STATE

Bodija Market is located in Ibadan, the Capital City of Oyo State. It is a very popular market where you can buy foodstuffs, household items, and other commodities that are useful for you and your family.

NKWO NNEWI MARKET, NNEWI, ANAMBRA STATE

The Nkwo Nnewi Market market is located in Nnewi, Anambra State. This particular market in Anambra is second only to Onitsha Main Market in terms of how large it is and the market day is once every four days, particularly on Nkwo market days.

NEW MARKET, ABA, ABIA STATE

Apart from the Ariaria Market in Aba, another very large market in this town which happens to be one of the biggest in Nigeria is the New Market. The market people from all walks of life and it contributes significantly to the economy of Abia State. A major challenge accessing this market though is that it can be very waterlogged and dirty.

JOS MAIN MARKET, JOS, PLATEAU STATE 

Jos Main Market is located in Jos the Capital City of Plateau State. It is very well known as the largest indoor market in West Africa. This market is well designed and organised to enable buyers access it without the crowd all jostling for space at the same time.

OIL MILL MARKET, PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE

The Oil Mill Market, is also known as the Wednesday or Midweek Market. It is located I’m Rumukwurushi, Port Harcourt, the Capital City of Rivers State. The market was established soon after the Nigerian Civil War and it was known at that time as The Nnempi Market which dealt majorly in cassava and palm products. Originally, the Oil Mill Market was meant to hold once a week but it has since turned to be an everyday market and in the process, it has become one of the biggest markets in Nigeria today.

IDUMOTA MARKET, LAGOS STATE

Idumota Market also ranks as one of the largest and most popular in Nigeria today. It is also one of the oldest markets in Lagos State, the commercial Capital of the country. This market opens as early as 6am everyday and closes at 5pm. You can find a variety of goods and services at this very market.

OJA-OBA /ORITA MERIN MARKET, IBADAN, OYO STATE 

The Oja-Oba/Orita Merin Market, also known as The King’s Market is one of the largest foodstuff markets in Ibadan, the Capital City of Oyo State. This market is also one of the biggest in Nigeria today.

OGBETE MAIN MARKET, ENUGU STATE 

The Ogbete Main Market, Enugu is the biggest market in Enugu State. It is very beautiful and well organized and you can find a wide range of goods and services in this popular market in Eastern Nigeria. Many retailers in Enugu State source their products from this popular market because things are sold at very cheap rates here.

KURMI MARKET, KANO STATE 

Kurmi Market is also one of the biggest in Nigeria today, it is located in Kano State and it is said that it was established by a King in Kano State named Muhammad Rumfa sometime around the 15th century. Majority of the goods sold at this market are sold by artisans.

ALADE MARKET, IKEJA, LAGOS STATE

Alade Market is a very organised market in Nigeria located in Ikeja. It is a market reserved for the rich who can not rely on top supermarkets in Lagos such as Shoprite and the likes. This popular market is one of the largest markets in Nigeria today.

ALESHINLOYE MARKET, IBADAN, OYO STATE

Aleshinloye Market is a very large market in Ibadan. It is one of the most visited markets in the Oyo State Capital despite the recent fire outbreak. This market is one of the oldest trading hubs in the western part of the country and it also ranks as one the largest and most popular in Nigeria today.

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and an Editor at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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