Lagos is a cosmopolitan city. Nigerians troop to Lagos because it has something for everyone from the good, the bad and the ugly. The mantra for the city is survival of the fittest. As a result, Lagosians engage in various businesses to put food on the table. So, when driving, or visiting a market, you will observe these Sellers. Jumia Travel, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal identifies five of them.
The Overzealous Seller
Without signalling that you want to buy anything, he approaches you asking if you want to buy shirts, trousers, phones and other household items. In other cases, they will descend on you like bees. Try to make sure you keep your calm and don’t get carried away by the patronizing names they call you like fine boy. It is safe to visit the stores at the market than transacting business with a Seller you meet on the road.
The street traders
Lagosians are always excited to see the street trader because it removes the stress of going to the market. They are the ones who run from danfo to SUVs determined to sell their wares. Their adrenaline is always pumped up. You find men, women and even children engaged in street trading. The question now is what will happen to them since the Lagos State Government has banned street trading? Will they disappear from the highway? We are watching!
The Bus Marketers
You are in a bus looking forward to a safe ride to your destination in a Lagos Bus. Suddenly, someone who took a vantage position stands up and shouts praise the lord just to catch the attention of passengers. The next thing is to bring out an item especially drugs they want to market. These drugs can cure uncountable ailments. You will be surprised that Lagosians will buy these drugs despite warnings from health experts.
The Market woman
The only way you can make a Lagos market woman happy is to buy her wares. Do not haggle and end up not buying. You will not want to hear her harsh response. In fact, her facade will force you to buy if you do not want to.
The Job Marketer
The Job marketers sell nothing. They are taking advantage of the unemployment situation in Nigeria by distributing job leaflets advertising bogus vacancies. As a rule of thumb, do not collect these handbills.