As part of the story I did for the Aggah festival sponsored by MTN , we did enter the market to see what they had to offer.
Their main market holds once every week, where the main items sold are the produce from the farms and river … things are so cheap and so healthy, I was surprised that I could get a sizeable yam for 300 Naira and with just 5000naira you would be sure to get yam enough to serve a family of 5 for 3 weeks… it’s almost impossible in port harcourt, depending though on the market you shop. So perhaps you can consider going to buy from them for export purposes.
The seller were also very friendly and cheerful.. they called out to buyers to come and patronize them… they will start by telling you a very high price , you are expected to bargain at the end a price would be agreed on, you would pay cash and take your merchandise. You are also expected to be cheering while haggling price or else you would not get a good bargain. You know it’s the last price when you, offer walk away and they didn’t call you back. This is normal in other market places across Nigeria, we do not have a unit price for things.
But this picture is from the regular market that is opened every day. You see port and chicken in display, this comes from port harcourt and other villages. They sold 1 kilo for 900 naira but for the festival the women were adding extras just to bless their customers, they said they had to do so in other to appreciate those who had been with them.
The Igwaji Aggah is an eight day long celebration of the new yam festival of the Aggah people and it is celebrated every eight months of the year but this years has been celebrated in September.