From New York to old Constantinople, the port cities of the present and the past have been bustling areas of activity, sparking the fires of commerce in the hearts of the inhabitants, and Port Harcourt, the Oil City of West Africa is no exception. There are many markets you can find in Port Harcourt, catering to different needs. This post lists out these markets, where to find them and what they specialize in.
Oil Mill Market
Easily the most popular market in Port Harcourt, this market is situated by Aba road expressway, close to the Eleme junction on the outskirts of the city. At the Oil Mill market which holds every Wednesday, any and every kind of good is sold; from foodstuff to clothing, bags, shoes, mats etc. Due to its closeness to the commercial hub at Aba and the ports at Onne, the prices for the items are very cheap.
Located on the outskirts of town near the University of Port Harcourt, this market specializes in all kinds of goods, from foodstuff to clothing items. The prices are subsidized due to the proximity to the university. The market is open every day, however, on the traditional Choba Market Day which holds every eight days, the prices are considerably cheaper as items are brought in from the farms in Emuoha, Ahoada and Etche to be sold at very affordable rates.
The next Choba Market Day would be on Saturday, 27th February, 2016.
Choba market also sports an interesting night market everyday where items can be bought at very low prices, depending only on the bargaining power of the buyer.
Located within the old Port Harcourt Town in Borokiri, this market specializes in seafood such as crabs, crayfishes, mussels, prawns, croakers, and so many more. The prices of these fishes are usually really cheap because of the proximity of the market to the Bonny and Okirika rivers and creeks. This market holds every day of the week.
Bori Camp market
The Bori Camp is a military base and as such the market operates like a barracks mammy market. Many of the goods sold include foodstuff and even electronics. However, this market specializes in yams, onions, peppers, beans and potatoes. It serves as the depot in Port Harcourt for foodstuff coming in from the Northern part of Nigeria. The market is open every day.
Mile 1/3 market
Separated by a mile, the markets at Mile 1 and Mile 3 in Diobu operate similarly and have thus been joined as one. Both markets sell different kinds of food items, clothing and electronics. However, the food sold here, which also includes assorted fishes are usually very cheap. Mile 1 market especially serves as an indicator of inflated prices in Port Harcourt. If it is expensive in Mile 1 market, it is definitely expensive everywhere else. The markets are open every day.
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Ikoku Spare Parts Market
Also situated in Diobu, Ikoku market is the spare parts market of Port Harcourt. If you are looking for any sort of machinery or spare part for any kind of vehicle, generator set, or arcane machinery, you would definitely find a part in Ikoku market. The saying goes that if it is not in Ikoku, then it is nowhere else. The prices are fair, depending on the spare part being sought. The market is also open every day.
Located at the Rumukoro junction, this market is one very exciting market for one major reason: early in the morning, before 8:00 am, prices at the market are at an all-time low. As the sun climbs up in the day, the prices however begin to rise. This is because villagers from the communities in Etche and Iguruta come in very early to sell their products before the real market commences. Early risers always stand to make a killing in this market. Rumuokoro market specializes in foodstuff, though electronics and clothing are also sold, and the market is open every day of the week.
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