So, we the lovers of fun here at RL want to share with you an interesting place that we are sure you would love to visit especially if you are a fan of the arts and crafts.
Ever heard of the Lekki Crafts Market? Though not at all new and has been in existence for a pretty long time, it would interest you to know that this market is the well-known Jakande Market in Jakande, Lekki and it should definitely go on your list of places you must visit.
Depending on where you are coming from, Jakande is located at the left side of the third traffic light if coming from Epe but from the CMS/Obalende/Lekki axis, it is located at the right side of the same third traffic light, formerly at the 5th roundabout along the Lekki-Epe expressway. It is just directly opposite the Circle Mall, which you could use as your landmark by the way.
Though the road to the market is untarred, it is motorable. While it has the look of a regular market where you see foodstuffs and other things, the proper arts and crafts section is really nice and beautifully organized with a vast collection of different picks ranging from Ankara bags, designed accessories, well-crafted furniture, paintings, wood carvings, sculptures and a lot more.
For antique collectors, you would be happy to know that this market is the place for you. You still get to find some items like telephones, typewriters, record players which dates back as far as the 1930’s and 40’s.
Just like an open-air gallery, this market has a captivating feel that seems to hold you spellbound, engaging your emotions and senses. A word of caution to this outing though – we would advise you come along with cash as there are no ATMs near the market and POS supply is on the low side. This will also help you not be tempted to spend more than you budgeted.
On a more serious note though, this is not a place you can visit and leave empty-handed. However, you wouldn’t regret any of your purchases because they are not only beautiful, they are also very affordable especially if you are familiar with the Nigerian market and the style of pricing and bargaining.
Do not be dissuaded by the initial inflated price the sellers may open the transaction process with. It’s all part of the bargaining process and sometimes it is fun especially when you and the seller agree at a reasonable price that leaves you smiling.
Apart from your purchases, be sure to enjoy your trip around this market as you are guaranteed to make a comeback with possibly friends.
Enjoy your visit to this market and happy shopping!
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