Onitsha, the city where I live in Nigeria, is a well-known trading city and is located in Anambra State on the eastern bank of the Niger River
The River Niger Bridge that connects Onithsa with Asaba is one of the few bridges across this super wide river.
In the 2006 Nigerian census, Onitsha had an estimated city prober population of over a quarter a million people, and, as of 2016, had an estimated urban population of 7,425,000. The indigenous people of Onitsha are Igbo and speak the Igbolanguage
But enough of the official facts, let's see what I can tell you about this City.
At first, my sister thought that I would live in the bushes in clay huts, which of course is not the case, as shown on the photos above. Unfortunately, I noticed that so many people think so when they hear Nigeria, Africa. The mistake is made because they see Africa as a country instead of a continent. That's why I want to tell you and show through photos that I truly do live in a city.
Let's start at the 'Main Market'. Even though you have more than 1 market in Onitsha, this market is the most known. It is one of the largest markets in West Africa and is managed by one of the most well-known Nigerian retailers, the Onitsha Market Traders Association (OMATA).
The first time I went to the market with my husband I was full of "ooh's" and "wow's" because I found it so overwhelming. The market is so huge and there's so much to see that if you're planning to admire the whole market in one day you have to get up early in the morning, otherwise you won't make it. In addition, it is also very busy and the stalls and shops are very close together.
When I walk with my husband, we are often thought to be on holiday and the market people are trying to sell us things more expensive than what it originally cost. My husband is very gentle and so often pays the requested price, but I don't. I will bargain until they go down with the price. Someone told me I shouldn't do that, but I always think, "I'm not on vacation, I live here and if I don't bargain with them then I keep paying to much the rest of my life.
So if you ever come to Nigeria and want to buy something, always try to bargain the price.
On the image above you can see 'Shoprite' this is a shopping mall almost as we know it in Europe. Inside, there are Nigerian versions of snack bars, but here don't think of snacks as we know them, but pre-cooked rice and chicken (that's their fast food), there is a pharmacy, a hairdresser, a cafe, a photo shop, a phone shop and a supermarket that sells mostly European food and household goods. I myself am absolutely not adventurous when it comes to food, so you can imagine that I do almost all of my shopping here. The only annoying thing is that they do not always have everything in stock. For example, if you buy let me just say bacon, they may not have it the weeks to come. But anyway, I love Shopright! <3
On the picture above you can see the church, which is close to our house. The 'Our Lady Queen of Peace' church is a Catholic church built in 1982, so it's not that old.
The reason why I write about the church is because there are differences with the Catholic church here in Nigeria and the one we know from the Netherlands.
For example, if you are a woman, you have to cover your head with a scarf or something else. I found this to be strange because I only know of this this from Muslims, but it seems to be totally normal in every church within Nigeria.
Also, a livestock animals can be given to the priest at a thanksgiving ceremony.
I myself had never expected such differences to exist. I thought that one particular faith was carried out the same way around the world.
But then I hear my mother at the back of my head who says, "Stop thinking and start knowing" Hahaha
Well, I hope you were able to get an idea of the city I live in. If you have any questions I'd gladly answer them if I can.