Lagos market (world gallery - gallery text)

Lagos market

Nestled behind the busy financial and banking district on Lagos Island is one of the biggest street markets in Nigeria. Bright yellow mini buses, motor bikes and three-wheeled keke squeeze their way through crowds of eagle-eyed shoppers and well-stocked traders. Whether searching for a new mobile phone, shoes for a baby, traditional woven cloth or a pair of jeans, residents of Lagos can find it there.

Agreeing a price can be a serious business, but successful haggling in Lagos is often full of jokes, laughter and compliments.

Items in this case:

01 Michael Jackson
By Dr T Arts, Lagos 1980s
142480

02 Ayinde Barrister
By Dr T Arts, Lagos 1980s
142483

03 Lakinle
By Dr T Arts, Lagos 1980s
143413

04 Clothes hangers
Lagos, 1980s
G371

05 Plastic necklaces
Lagos, 1980s
G445

06 Wall hangings
Lagos, 1980s
G479

07 Postcards
Lagos, 1980s
G447

08 Match boxes
Lagos, 1980s
G428

09 Recycled oil lamps
Lagos, 1980s
G452

10 Plastic Afro combs
Lagos, 1980s
G444

11 Wooden combs
Lagos, 1980s
G481

12 Barbers shop sign
Lagos, 1980s
143420

13 Recycled tin sieves
Lagos, 1980s
142728

14 Cake moulds
Lagos, 1980s
G455

15 Recycled tin funnels
Lagos, 1980s
G454

16 Canoe Quality soaps Lagos, 1980s
G362

17 Lifebuoy soaps
Lagos, 1980s
G422

18 Lux soap
Lagos, 1980s
G425

19 ‘Nacet’ razor blades
Lagos, 1980s
6450

20 Gillette razors
Lagos, 1980s
G398

21 Plastic Afro combs
Lagos, 1980s
G443

22 Recycled tin cars
Lagos, 1980s
G453

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