Katangora market is one of the most popular bend down – Nigerian parlance for fairly used – markets in Lagos. The market, located in the Abule-Egba area of Lagos, is well liked for its size and the variety of shops it holds. There is also a variety of quality clothes to choose from at a cheap rate. Many also find the market easily accessible, as it is not far from the bus stop.
Known as Katangua to some, Kantagora to others, and Katangowa still to a few others, the market often opens new bales or bundles of fairly used clothes of different shapes, sizes, and colour to customers. Customers bustle through the different shops to buy readily available clothes on at least three market days in a week, usually Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They take advantage of these market days to purchase as many items as they want. The shop owners also seize the opportunity to make new customers during this period.
Because items are sold at affordable rates, people from all walks of life, including university students and workers, who want cheap but quality items, are attracted to this market like bees to a beehive. Thus, there are always so many people here that you almost cannot find your feet on the ground. The market becomes quite rowdy and the dusty, untarred roads in the market remain an eye-sore, which look even worse when the rain falls. The amount of filth in the market, too, is unbelievable. It is a wonder how customers come to shop in the midst of so much filth.
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