Like most large towns in Nigeria, there are plenty
of options when shopping in Abuja. The best places to find
souvenirs are certainly the local markets, of which the Wuse Market
is the most established and the most tourist-friendly.
Everything you can think of is available at the
Wuse Market, and it is a wonderful place to buy Nigerian souvenirs
such as adire (patterned, dyed cloth), batiks and
pottery from the southwest, leatherwork and kaduna cotton
from the north, and carvings from the east.
Traditional beadwork, basketry, and ceremonial
masks are also popular choices. You are expected to bargain at the
Wuse Market: initially offer a third of what the vendor quoted you,
but be prepared to part with at least half of the original asking
For those not keen on braving a local market,
Abuja abounds with ritzy shopping plazas, largely designed for
wealthy Nigerians and for foreigners doing business in Nigeria. The
best of these include the Ceddi Plaza, Dunes Center, Banex Plaza,
and Maclewis Plaza. There is a wonderful fresh fruit market in
Maitama, one of the wealthiest areas of Abuja. Again, the majority
of this market's clientele are foreign businessmen working in
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