You know you're in Computer Village when you see people moving here and there, and gadgets hanging everywhere you turn.
Computer Village, which is believed to be West Africa's biggest gadget market, is one of the most popular places in Nigeria.
The village which is nothing but a warren of streets serves as a market where different types of electronic devices are sold.
As a matter of fact, there is nothing related to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) accessories that will not be found in this market.
And apart from the sales of Information and Technology accessories, computer village is also renowned for the repair of computers and mobile phones.
This is why it is said to be the home of computer engineers and technicians.
Another important fact about Computer Village is that it has created a lot of job opportunities for both certified and uncertified youths.
From the entrance of the market, which of course are numerous, hundreds of boys and girls are seen around sourcing for customers that will help patronize their sales.
Also, the number of computer engineers and phone technicians that are specialized in the repair of faulty computers and mobile phones seems uncountable.
The sales representatives are also included in this circle as well.
However, Computer Village is an example of a perfect market. This is because like every perfect market, no dealer has the power to influence the price of the product it buys or sells within the market.
The number of buyers that comes to the market is enormous. And just like the countless sellers, a lot have almost complete information on any particular product that is of interest to them.
Thus making purchase a matter of willingness to buy at a certain price with respect to the buyer's need and income.
Nevertheless, this doesn't alter the fact that quite a good number of people have, in one way or the other, been schemed.
Computer Village, if viewed from another angle, can also be said to be the streets of dishonest hustlers
Unqualified engineers and fraudsters take advantage of the ever busy market to sell counterfeit products and services. The rate at which stoles phones and other electronic devices find their way to the market is also high.
There are several related stories of these activities. However, these unlawful acts are usually perpetrated by unregistered traders and retailers.
A large number of this group often sell in displaced and unaccountable fashion. They transact their business on vehicles' hoods, walkways, and disorganised display units rather than a proper brick-and-mortar store.
Therefore, visitors should bear in mind that there are two major categories of traders in the market: The registered and unregistered or free traders.
And they are advised to do their buying or repairing at a proper shop. Even at that, the importance of alertness and vigilance should not be underrated.
Be that as it may, the fact still remains that when it comes to the buying, selling and repairing of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) accessories, Computer Village is the first place to think of in the whole of Africa.
It has won the reputation for itself. And there is no other market that has what it takes to bring down this reputation, anytime soon.
Sited in the heart of Lagos, the legendary Computer Village is located within a small area in-between the following streets in Ikeja: Oremeji Street, Ola-Ayeni Street, Otigba Street, Olayi Tomori Street and Pepple Street.
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