COME WITH ME TO BALOGUN MARKET



Hi, from my Monday chit chat you would have known that I went shopping on Saturday in Balogun market and I thought, "why not share details of that with you?" My main aim was to buy Ankara cos I am really lacking in that department plus I have only been to that market like twice since I’ve been in Lagos! As a natural shopaholic, I enjoyed my day! I shopped till the market women closed. In my family we have a special talent for shopping, we can help market people open shop and we go still dey till dem close the shop.


The first thing I wanted was a wig, I just took out my fish-bone braids and I look like hakuna matata, well, mini hakuna matata and I need to wig out for the next one week so I went wig shopping, can I just say trying on wigs is the worst thing in the world especially when you’re all sweaty and everywhere is noisy. The first wig I picked was so pretty but as soon as I was told it was 35k I dropped it like hot dodo! Emi ke? Mba nu. I gently strolled to another shop where I bought one ombre wig for 3500 naira pere and I bought this burgundy wig for 1500. That’s more like it. How do I look?
On my way to the Ankara section I found this Tinubu Square, it’s still under construction but it was refreshing to see it in the middle of that rowdy hot market, I wished I could just drench myself in the waterfall! I hope that this Tinubu Square is maintained because that na our problem for naija, zero maintenance culture. Tsk Tsk Tsk. We can build, but to manage it? mba nu.

From there we left off to eat, my sister told me about this Buka she had lunch a while ago and we started looking for the place oh, we nor know name and we kept asking people “oga abeg you know that mama put where dem dey sell salad and queue?” and we were directed there. I was quite surprised because the food was so good and cheap, compared to all these fast food places. Buka food will not kiil you.  They were organised and the food looked good, I could see why people would queue up for it. The name of the Buka is SALADO...just in case you're craving buka food, you know where to go...

Have you ever used these eye pencils? They last for months and months and they are not too shabby. In fact, I like them a lot. Instead of wasting money buying expensive eye pencil, just go and buy Davis brand, 50 naira pere. There's nothing you don't see in the market, that includes the red thongs my sister is holding up, 150 naira per pata. Cheap and still sexy. LOL Earring nko? we saw. Panda things but aren't all these jewelry we buy from New Look and co panda? just panda in dollars and pounds. Each pair of earring was 80 naira or so. We "priced" it.
Some random stuff that caught my eyes...I saw coconut candy, I used to love them a lot as a child. I saw kuli kuli, you can bet I bought some, this one was made from corn. I bought bananas, I also bought tomatoes and some smoked catfish! YAY! I love cooking fried stew with smoked catfish, try it!

Ankara shopping time: I bought about five Ankara materials, so each material was 6 yards, we split the bill and will share each material, 3 yards each. They’re such pretty colours and fabrics. Guess what? I bought one for you too. Yes, one lucky reader will win 3 yards of beautiful Ankara. Skip to the bottom of the page!
GIVEAWAY!!!
What you get to win: 3 yards of this lovely yellow and teal coloured Supreme Daviva fabric below! It is beautiful, it has 2 of my happy colours! Yellow and Teal! Do you like it? If you do then read the rules to get a chance to win it. This giveaway closes next Tuesday! Don't worry if you're in obodo oyinbo, you can win it for your family/friend resident in Lagos :)
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  • Leave a comment below on what you would sew with the Ankara if you are the winner. Please include your email so I can notify you if you win!

63 comments

  1. your lagos market runs seemz more excitng than mine o, u really went to all d corners,nice one. i can see u had a fab time. nice one

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  2. OMG, now i miss naija so much, thanks for the pics buh they make me miss home................. If i am a winner a will sew a jacket and trouser or a jumpsuit

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  3. My mom just gets angry when we go to Balogun together, because i will so "waka" till i get the perfect thing....a dress will be perfect with this material and another plain one (uforotom@gmail.com)

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  4. I miss Naija.... Am sure you had a fab day...

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  5. sisi yemmie u r really enjoying naija

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  6. Am gonna sew a simple high top blazer nd a short;;then use the remain add nd join to ankaralize my flip flop casual slippers.my email is justiceekeator@yahoo.com.Reporting from Diaspora.

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  8. HMMMMM.i WOULD SEW A PENCIL MIDI SKIRT WITH A FRONT SLIT AND A BUSTIER.SO THAT I CAN EITHER WEAR IT TOGETHER OR AS INDIVIDUAL PIECES....:)

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  9. I'm gonna sew a long fitted gown with fish tail bottoms: abypurpleheart@gmail.com

    P.s: I love the way u captured the beauty of the market in ur photos! U inspire me!

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  10. Am going to sew a jumpsuit,dis material ll really look nice on me.can imagine it already on me*winks*(alwayspat4love@yahoo.com

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  11. You seem to have a lot of fun anywhere you go! I've gone to Lagos market a million times and I've never even noticed all this things
    I'd sew an ankara peplum skirt and bustier with the material
    Kardkay@yahoo.com

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  12. OMG!!! Love this post...sooo colourful....so vibrant! I swear by DAVIS eye pencil! It is all that and a bag of chips...really! And those costume earringsss!! I want!!!!

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  13. Lol.. see groove.. would like to sew a nice pencil tommy trouser wit d ankara i can use to wear smoll tops nd shirts.. den d remainin i would use to sew jacket i can wear on jeans.. lol. would luv to win jooor sisi..

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  14. lol c groove.. will luv to sew a pencil tommy trouser wit it so i can wear it wit shirts & smol tops. den use d remainin one to sew a jacket i can wear on jeans.. i hop i won? pinkishvera@gmail.com

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  15. making fun out of everything goodjob....
    gonna make a mini pensil gown wit a three qtr hand hmmm.....so good on me.
    peacegidigba@gmail.com

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  16. zeeunique2@gmail.comNovember 26, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    If am the winner..I will make a well fitted peplum top and use d remaining piece to make Ankara bag/costume necklace wit a small piece of earring #DIY# the will wear a fitted pant or jean and match it wit a wedge.
    Zeeunique2@gmail.com

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  17. What camera do you use? That's the most important issue to me right now.

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  18. Aunty Sisi...
    I LOVE ur blog die...
    This is My 1st comment & I just read ALL ur posts from day 1 *make bis expire e no concern me*

    Well, I'll Love to sew a BLAZER to wear to work with my corporate trouser & camisol.
    Email: myrtwo@yahoo.com.
    Am RUTH HARRISON!

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  19. Sisi Yemmie i'm new to your blog ( ok i lied) i'm not new but i've been lurking for a while now. You really make me home sick *sigh* see coconut candy see all the goodies. God where are you o your child is calling, she wants to visit home abeg!

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  20. Sisi Yemmie i'm new to your blog ( ok i lied) i'm not new but i've been lurking for a while now. You really make me home sick *sigh* see coconut candy see all the goodies. God where are you o your child is calling, she wants to visit home abeg!

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  21. Waooooooo. cool material... I will sow skirt and Wrapper, the use yellow tafita for the blouse. E-mail: goodnessyus@yahoo.com

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  22. just it!

    a unique look u've got of an afro touch.

    weldone Sisi Yemmie for your inspiring humor and post.

    you make me long to come 9ja

    You will certainly win awards, thats for sure.

    You are simply outstanding

    Plz keep the flame On Alwayz



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  23. I love d way u captured d market, u r really creative....I rili love everything especially the ankara and if I'm the lucky winner I'll sew a very nice pleated gown my friend showed me....I'm already picturing myself wearing it..(tomiosikoya@yahoo.com)

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  24. I will sew a hot maxi dress and hopefully, I'll get a turban out of the material too. I love me some boho chic look. jistwithjessie@gmail.com . Yours sincerely, @Intoxyka the famzer!!!

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  25. OMG I never knew Nigerian markets were this cool. It looks so fun and interesting,my mom has to take me there. And the buka food looks good. If I win the giveaway, I'll use it to sew a simple but still chic dress as my school Christmas carol is coming up and I don't have anything to wear. xx
    demmydoll@rocketmail.com

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  26. Hi sisi...how come you always have fun even while in places one would least expect? I envy you jo. Balogun market is like a dreaded place for me cos of the stress of walking around.
    Ha! Sisi I kuku know that buka you ate o, the first time I tasted the food ehn I had a second helping and ever since then I always eat there when I go to Balogun. I even introduced my mom to the buka and now we are both hooked!
    If I win the ankara, I will make a pencil midi dress with a deep-cut U back and accesorize with teal/bown colors costumes since yellow is more dominant on the material. :)
    My email address is mojisola.somorin5@gmail.com
    BTW Sisi, Tinubu Square has been in existence since the 60's, it is just being renovated and I hope it gets the mantainance it deserrves this time.

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  27. The picture quality is so perfect; the post is so colourful. Never knew Balogun market can look so lovely. Miss Naija and craving buka food!

    Pls share your endometriosis stories @ endochallenges.wordpress.com. Let's beat endo together!

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  28. Luv your blog to pieces!! Wish you could blog every hour! Would sew fitted trousers with the material. Would be a change for me. Also imagining d blouses I'll pair with it. onyinxus@yahoo.com

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  29. why are you taunting us now? nice pics

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  30. send ur pics to @everydayafrica

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  31. is mygiftregistry your business? sure does have some competition. theres another gift registry company already started. i guess its a free sky for birds to fly

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  32. Sisi yemmie,me lurveeeee Ur blog pieces! Like Ur style of blogging and am always checking out for new posts. If I'll d ankara,I'll sew a nice jumpsuit.

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  33. omg Sis Yemmie oooo, I feel like catching the next flight to naija, that picture is not kuli-kuli though, I think it is called 'Kokoro".

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  34. Lol, for your juicy jist pls visit www.mimiubini.com

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  35. lol...Sisi Yemmie, hope you're aware that some readers would actually think you were referring to panda as in the animal where you mentioned panda earrings...on another note, if i win the ankara, i'd definitely cop a style from jewel by lisa's S/S 2014 collection (most likely a shirt dress)...damseynikky@yahoo.com.

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  36. Sisi yemmie... i said we are sisters!!!

    You are so so so so real.
    some gilrs will never buy these things cos its not "branded" and "too cheap"

    high five for you...

    That ankara is onpoint... but for obodo oyinbo here, no where to go jorrr.. plus $100 to sew it *hiss*

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  37. those are great shots! I remember those snacks! I wish I could have some of the coconut candies and kuli kuli! too bad you don't ship abroad so I don''t qualify for this giveaway
    themanecaptain.blogspot.ca

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  38. Wow!!!!!! Luv d ankara pieces, wld sow a peplum top to go with a jean n use d little dat wil remain for a hair wrap. Hp I win O lol. nwaforebelep@gmail.com

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  39. Ahhhh, Sisi Yemmie, why didn't I jam you in Balogun na? I was in the market with my younger sister on the same day. And we waka'd all the places you waka'd! We bought some clothes from that Oluwole area. Why I no dee you na? We'd have taken pictures with you. My sister introduced me to your blog sef.
    Please which shop did you buy your wigs from because me I've been searching for affordable wigs oh, whilst I try to grow my hair from its TWA stage. I think we are kindred spirits oh because me too I love Mama Put food. The picture of that pot of soup is waking me up this morning. By the way, the "kulikuli" made with corn is called "kokoro". It's very popular in Abeokuta where I come from.

    So If I win your Ankara, I will make a high-waist ball skirt with pockets with it, so I can wear it to my office on Fridays. I promise to sew the dress and send you a picture so you can put on your blog and people will know that your giveaways are real. If you like sef, I can wear it to pose with you in Ikeja City Mall (I noticed you go there a lot). To cap it all up, I am also your name sake (by half) as my name is Ibiyemi though I use the nickname Aibee. With these few points of mine, I hope I have been able to convince you and not to confuse you that I should win the 3yeards of Ankara. Thank you *insert courtesy/curtsey*

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    1. Sisi Yemmie, it Aibee agin oh. My e-mail address is yemfasho@yahoo.com. Hope I win the Ankara.

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  40. Please did you say N80 or N800 for the earrings because I bought the gold circular earrings (2nd row from the bottom, 3rd earring from the left) in wuse market last month and it was N900, so right now i feel like crying !!!!!!
    First time commenting, I really like your blog, it makes me smile
    Uju

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    1. Hi..pls how long did it last...d earings...

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  41. I've love u from the first time I saw ur video sisiyemmie. And u have a way of having fun and a swell time regardless of where u are! kiz

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  42. I've love u from the first time I saw ur video sisiyemmie. And u have a way of having fun and a swell time regardless of where u are! kiz

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  43. I always look up for new post on your blog, your posts are always inspiring. If I win, I will sew a pencil fitted dress. kenechim@yahoo.com

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  44. Loving it! Totally looking forwards to my first visit to Balogun market. So much to explore here in Naija!

    xoxo Gozika
    http://gozikasjournal.blogspot.com/

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  45. i miss Balogun market!

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  46. I always look forward to your post, i will sew a jacket with sequence design and use a plain daviva to sew pencil skirt mixed with the ankara at the bottom of the skirt. dp.eniola@gmail.com

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  47. I have plans to visit that market this weekend,i always leave that place with one kind headache ,anyway as the winner of this Ankara lol.I will make a short dress with it,hopefully wear it to Sisi Yemmie's wedding.

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  48. What I want to know right now is the directions to the Salado Buka.

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  49. I would use some for ankara clutch and the rest for a mid-length skater skirt

    1711world@gmail.com

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  50. If i get to win the ankara, i will tell my sis in Nigeria to sew me a lovely long gown i ve had eyes on for a while thou i have to mix it up with some plain material and then she sends it to me here in Europe and yipee, i go dey rock it. realkemotina@yahoo.com

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  51. omg looking at this balogun market review makes me thirst and hunger for home sooo much!!

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  52. Sisi Yemmie, I would sew a blazer. My email address is rayoakande@yahoo.com. And Balogun has everything. 50 naira eye pencil, the best

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  53. can't wait to come home in 2 weeks time! Yay!!!! That market frightens me, but you have made it look so exciting that I am going to brave it!! Lagos is beautiful jor!

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  54. Hmmm I wish I could just see you u are the best jor , me I don't want to win anything o the fact u went to salado alone makes me feel good and a winner too😊

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  55. Please where is this Salado joint?My office is close to this market and I have never heard of it...which landmark/street/popular building is it close to?Thanks as you reply,sisyemmie or any reader that knows...

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