I'm trying to make up for my long, unexplained absence, so here's a nice colorful post for ya. It should have been part of my weekend update post, but since there wasn't one, I'm giving the Lekki abi is it Jakande Market outing it's own time to shine. The first time I heard about this place was on Review Naija - I was quite shocked that somewhere like this was very close to my 'hood, so I made a mental note to check it out one day. Then early last week, while browsing Instagram, Olamide (Living in Lekki Blog) posted a photo saying that she had gone there. I commented on her photo asking "Who wants to take me?" and luckily she was planning to go back on May Day. Of course I jumped on that opportunity! Speaking of opportunities, who's going to the Lagos Carnival tomorrow and wouldn't mind me tagging along?
On the day itself sha, Lagos fuel scarcity traffic showed us who was boss. I mean, somebody should just talk to the marketers and the government - Nigerians are suffering, don't y'all care?!?!?!?!
Anyways, we eventually got there and I was amazed. First of all, it's not set up like normal markets (e.g. Balogun market) - it's so clean and very orderly. There are accessories, furniture, art work, and little knickknacks to buy. I read somewhere that there's a food section of the market, but we didn't venture that way. We went from stall to stall, and I was allowed to take some photos even if I didn't buy anything. I refused to go with cash, because I wanted to get a feel for how much stuff costs before going back. Be sure to HAGGLE well if you go. That's how this dude said some of the necklaces below cost N2000 and I saw on Olamide's blog that she paid like N700 or something. :p
|I think these salt/pepper shakers are cool!|
|Olamide, Ms. Living In Lekki (aka LiL)|
Pretty cuffs, right? The seller said they were N3000 each!!! I quickly put them down. Joker.
At a point, we had gotten pretty hungry and Olamide's friend, Rich (he's American) saw someone selling snacks. He asked how much a small can of Pringles was, and the seller said N400! Olamide said nope, because the same can can be gotten for N200 at a supermarket. The seller got really pissed off because the N400 he quoted was mostly cos he saw a white man with us. He got really rude and his friend who was with him had to apologize to Olamide.
Lekki Market is located close to Jakande roundabout. Just before the pedestrian bridge, turn right, then take the first left and first right. It's after a hospital (I think it's called Kizito hospital). Alrighty, have fun with the photos!!!