best days to shop in Aba markets

If you are planning a shopping trip to Aba and are not sure of when to visit, I have written on the best days to shop in Aba markets, highlighting only five of our popular markets.

But, before we get started, let’s take a look at some Aba markets and what you can buy from them. Keep in mind that items sold in Aba markets are not limited to a single market; however, each market has its own specialty, and you will find that in the table below.

Popular Markets in Aba and the Things You Can Buy From Them

Ariaria International MarketPretty much everything from
wears to household equipment.
Ahia Ohuru (New Market)New and Thrifted Clothing
Bags and Shoes.
Shopping CenterFabrics and Electronics.
Cemetery MarketFoodstuff, Provision, and Cosmetics.
Kent MarketBale Materials

The Best Days to Shop in Aba Markets

Aba Markets are open every day of the week except on Sundays, but due to the Monday sit-at-home order, which has been in effect for over a year at the time of writing, markets are also closed on Mondays.

The importance of knowing the best days to shop in Aba markets cannot be overstated. While you will always find something on any of the market days of the week, you may not have as many options if you visit on an off day for a market that has its best days.

With that in mind, let’s look at some of the best markets in Aba and the best days to shop at them.

Ariaria International Market, Aba
Abuja Line, Ariaria Market.

Ariaria International Market

Ariaria is without a doubt the largest market in Aba, and one of the largest in Africa. The market primarily deals in both local and foreign goods. The items that are sold here include clothes, shoes, bags, homewares, electronics, building materials, drugs, foodstuff, etc.

best days to shop in Aba markets
best days to shop in Aba markets

Ariaria is the place to go if you want to buy or make Aba-made shoes and bags of any quality. You will come across extremely talented shoemakers who are eager to take your orders for pre-made or custom-made footwear or bags.

The Best Days to Shop in Aba Markets — Ariaria Market

Ariaria is one of the markets in Aba that does not have any special market days. However, I recommend avoiding weekends, as the market becomes extremely crowded at these times. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are your best bets. Avoid the evening rush by going between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Ahia Ohuru (New Market)

Ahia ohuru is the place to go for all your thrifting needs. It is divided into several sections, such as Ngwa Road for stock and Aba-tailored clothing, School Road for new and Okrika (secondhand) shoes and bags, Inside Market for Okrika clothing, and so on. Every line in the market has a standout item that is sold there. Line 14, for example, is strictly for gowns, but you may also see chiffon tops and skirts.

best days to shop in Aba markets

The Best Days to Shop in Aba Markets — Ahia Ohuru Market

You can shop in Ahia Ohuru on any market day of the week, but Wednesdays and Fridays are especially good for clothes. The best time to go is between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Shopping Center (Ekeoha Market)

Aba fabric market is one of the most searched terms online, thanks to Shopping Center and its neighboring markets. The majority of people who visit Aba for shopping go to Shopping Center for all kinds of fabrics, and if you haven’t been, you really don’t know what you’re missing. From Indian George to cheap Ankara fabrics, there is something for everyone.

The Best Days to Shop in Aba Markets — Shopping Center

There are no best days to shop at Shopping Center, but weekends are never a good idea due to the insane number of people that shop around this time of the week. Visit between Tuesday and Thursday, as early as 9 a.m. to avoid the rush hour in the afternoon and evening.

Kent Market

If you are looking for where to buy vintage materials in Aba, Kent is the market for you. You might be familiar with road names like Cameroon Road by Kent, School Road by Kent, Market Road by Kent, and Tenant Road by Kent. These road intersections are dotted with sample fabrics and textiles.

school road market

The market is best for people who buy materials in bulk and is another Aba fabric market that draws large crowds to the city.

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The Best Days to Shop in Aba Markets — Kent Market

The best days to shop at Kent Market are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Cemetery Market

When it comes to foodstuff and cosmetics, you really should leave them for Cemetery Market. This market sells different types of food items, from fresh to packaged, and especially provisions, at prices that are ridiculously cheaper than what most other markets in Aba sell them for.

A little secret that you didn’t ask for: Other markets in Aba buy their foodstuff from Cemetery Market to resell at higher prices. When shopping in this market, you should keep an eye out because imitation goods are as many as original ones. Always check the expiration dates of products to make sure they are not past or scratched off, and only purchase from reputable stores.

The Best Days to Shop in Aba Markets — Cemetery Market

When it comes to Cemetery Market, no day of the week is better or worst than the other for shopping. Because everyone must eat, the market is crowded all week. Just brace yourself and visit on any market day that works for you.


You should keep in mind that Monday is an important market day, therefore once the sit-at-home order is lifted, every market on this list should operate on Mondays.

Use the comment if you have any questions, and I will be more than happy to answer them.

The Best Days to Shop in Aba Markets — FAQs

Where Can I buy Cheap Clothes in Aba?

Ahia Ohuru (New Market) is where you can buy good clothes at their most affordable prices.

What is the Biggest Market in Aba?

Ariaria International Market is the biggest market in Aba.

How Many Markets do we Have in Aba

There are 5 major markets in Aba.

What can I buy From Aba Markets?

You can buy anything from Aba Markets as long as you find the right market for what you want to buy.


  1. At this point, I think the state of Aba has to pay you for this great work you’re doing.

    1. On my way to speak to the state Government.??

  2. Aba to the world! These markets could be so much more though! Nigeria’s manufacturing powerhouse!

    1. Trueee. I watched an interview where the shoemakers talked about electricity being one of their major challenges. There are others like the cost of importing their raw materials. And if the government makes growing these markets one of its priorities, they would even gain global recognition.

  3. Thank you for always bringing Aba, my city to limelight. You to sabi

    1. Haha. Thank you, Fae.?

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  5. Please where can I get quality boxers at whole sale price in Aba

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