I visited the popular Iyanoba market in Lagos, Nigeria to get some stuff I needed for my rabbit farm. The place was chaotic yet well-organized this is contradictory you might say, read on.
After taking the pains to locate were the market is, the next thing to do was to find a parking space, unfortunately I couldn’t locate one, I was told I should have parked at any of the streets nearby before coming to the market on foot, I just didn’t see any secured enough place to park the car at in the first instance because all the adjoining streets had shops in front of the houses, it was going to be difficult to park in front of someone’s shop and then go to another place to buy something, they’ll usually tell you you’re blocking their market (obstructing there product display).
I managed to see an Agbero who agreed for me to pack at a space they created on the condition that I’ll find him something (tip him) when I come to collect my car. I guess you guys are wondering what an Agbero is? This is going to be difficult to explain but I’ll try my best. An Agbero is a low life area boy that is part of an organized gang that collects money for a would-be chairman. These would-be chairmen are assumed to remit part of the money to the authorities. This is why you see people complying with them even when they can be hash while carrying out their duties. And this is why you also don’t usually see the authorities taking firm actions against them.
All the umbrella stands, commercial motor bikes and buses you see in the photograph all pay royalties to the Agbero guys. They are not necessarily touts, I know this is what you may be thinking, but these guys are organized, believe it or not, they help maintain law and other in the market. Everything in the market had where you could go and get them, they had the meat section, fish section, clothing wears, food stuff, vegetables, book shops and many other sections. The life of an Agbero is not an easy one, they have to fight people that refuse to pay sometimes all in a bid to make the target given to them to deliver each day. This fight sometimes leaves them with loads of scares on their body and the frequent shouting makes their voice very harsh, so if you are a lady and you’re looking for a romantic man, an Agbero guy isn’t the man you’re looking for. Lol.
I got what I came for, went back to my car, tipped the Agbero guy and he started singing my praises, I started thinking that maybe I gave him too much. Lol. I was happy though, my car was safe, no scratches, I got what I came for at a far cheaper rate than what I normally get it for and it was time to go back home. Will I be visiting the market again? Definitely yes, but without my car, I’ll be going with public transport next time. Lol.
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