The Best Markets in Aba

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Overview of the Ariaria International Market, Aba, Nigeria. © Faith Okpe

Aba is widely referred to as Enyimba city. This city is located in the southeast of Nigeria and the commercial center of Abia State. The city is a major urban settlement and commercial centre in the region and also in the nation. Aba is known for imitating foreign products, such as electronics and designer clothing and shoe labels. It houses some of the biggest and best markets in Nigeria. From the Ariaria international market to Ngwa road market, here’s our guide and list to the best markets in Aba, Nigeria.

Welcome To Aba, Nigeria – The China of Africa!

Today, Aba is arguably Nigeria’s pioneer of locally made goods (made in Nigeria) – which has gone to become one of the largest markets in Africa. The potentials are there, and with the right stakeholders, Aba will in no time become the nation’s biggest economic asset. There are different markets in Aba, offering various products – together, they all make the town the enterprising city its known for. And do not forget to sharpen your bargaining skills if you ever find yourself in one of Aba’s markets!

Ariaria International Market, Aba

The Ariaria International Market is an open-air market located in Aba. The market is one of the largest markets in West Africa, and is known for its versatility in the making of wears and leather works. Ariaria International Market is one of the largest leather shoe-making markets in West Africa with an estimated two million traders. This is considered to be one of the best markets in Aba, and in Africa.

Address: Aba, Abia State, Nigeria

Ngwa Road New Market (Ahia Ohuru)

The Ngwa Road New Market is not as large as Ariaria international Market but Ahia Ohuru (as it is popularly called) is a respected market within the region. You will find both junk and gems in this market. A base for “Okirika” (imported fairly used clothes and accessories). Some of the market also offers art, crafts, among other things.


Cemetery Market (Eziukwu Market)

This market is swarming with lots of distributors, dealers and importers of different products ranging from homeware to stockfish to cosmetics items. This place features an eclectic mix of trading – you can shop here for local and foreign items.

Cemetery Market aba
Cemetery market, Aba, Nigeria. © OLUKIRAN JULIUS

Ekeoha Market (Shopping Plaza)

Ekeoha market is home to the freshest and finest fabrics. A generous friend of the textile industry. In this shopping Center is where you are going to buy any type of fabric. Ekeoha is one of the biggest clothing markets in the Nigeria including Africa. Also notable for sales of electronics, including its parts and accessories.

Ekeoha Market
Aba Shopping Center (Ekeoha). © Eleweke Austin

Alaoji Market

This is the paradise for vehicle spare parts, accessories and auto mechanics. Alaoji Market maintains a significant role and reputation – a reputation that sends buyers from corners of the nation to the market. The market offers professionals and skilled mechanics who repair and handle automobiles.

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