Best souvenirs to buy from Nigeria and where to buy them

Last Updated on July 21, 2021 by MyGh.Online

Adire fabrics are a fan favourite for all races, after dashiki material. It is a garment designed by dipping plain white clothes in indigo ink with beautiful patterns made on them using candles wax. This material can later be made into any style and size. The people of Ogun state, especially Abeokuta, are the main proprietors of this Adire business, though some can be found in Lagos state. In fact, the birthplace of Adire, the town of Itoku, Ogun State, hosts an annual adire carnival. However, the fabric can be gotten there and around the country all year long.

The Aso Oke, or “top cloth”, is a hand-woven, very expensive material made and worn by the South-Western part of Nigeria. The northernmost parts of Yorubaland, like Iseyin in Oyo state, are famous for the varieties of the craft of Aso Oke making.

Another popular souvenir trend is the cane, which can be made into products like baskets, chairs, tables and fans. The Lagos Mende cane village under the Odo-Iyalaro bridge Maryland is always abuzz with weavers.

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Wallets, bags, belts, shoes, and jewelries can be found most predominantly in Northern states like Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, etc, where the trade of rearing cows is highest. You can also find some quantity of these products in specialised arts and craft markets in Abuja and Lagos.

You can purchase pots, pans, vases and jugs right from the source at Igbaja and Igbomina in Kwara, or Afikpo in Ebonyi, or Gwari in Niger, where the art of making pottery thrives.

Colourful handmade trinkets are a favourite parting memorabilia among tourists visiting Nigeria, and Africa as a whole. You can get them in many locations. In Abuja, you can find vendors at the Arts and Craft village and in Lagos, at the Lekki arts and craft market, at the beach and in the various Lagos markets. You can even find vendors selling these things on the roadside or hawking them in traffic.

Black soap is not peculiar to Nigeria, but any black person will appreciate it. You can find them in any market across Nigeria.

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