ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Travel and Places»
  • Visiting Africa

Computer Village in Ikeja Lagos Nigeria

Updated on February 2, 2010

Market information about computer village in Ikeja

Computer village is a small area of roughly 6 km2 bordering Ikeja’s Government Reservation Area (GRA), Anifowose, Awolowo way and Agege motor road. This small area is regarded as Africa’s largest I.T market both in terms of population of traders and customers as well as the sheer volume of transactions that takes place there. This market is extremely popular for people looking for cheaper alternatives for pcs, mobile phones camcorders, digital cameras and other digital and electronic devices. Hence it is a beehive of activities on all days of the week except on Sundays and public holidays.

Who is who in computer Village?

Dealers/traders

The market is home to mostly mobile phone and computer dealers but also has the presence of technicians specializing in repair and maintenance of faulty mobiles phones and computers. There are also dealers in accessories such as mobile phone accessories like batteries, chargers, memory cards, LCDs among other phone components other dealers may sell computer components especially mother boards, batteries and monitors.

Another set of dealers in this market are people providing auxiliary services such as petty traders who sell edible items, pirated softwares, Movie DVDs and musicals and used mobile phones, memory cards etc. not forgetting technicians who like to call themselves engineers. You can have any mobile phone, laptop or digital camera repaired here as most of the ‘engineers’ are quite good at what they do unfortunately they are often exploitative so be prepared to haggle with them over their fees.

Police and other law enforcement agents

There is also the presence of the vigilant and often overzealous police (they usually put on plain clothes to catch the unsuspecting) who in addition to trying to maintain law and order are usually on the look out for people carrying suspicious items such as unregistered laptops and electronics which these officers see as an opportunity to extort money from traders or customers hence ensure that if by chance you visit this market that you have receipts and other necessary documentation for laptops and other electronics you are in possession of. Note that even if the laptop is yours you will still have it confiscated unless you can provide documentation for it or are willing to part with some money. There is also tax enforcement officers who in conjunction with the police ensure that only registered dealers, trade in the market since they pay their taxes but occasionally you will find unregistered traders who use very portable boxes to sell mostly pirated Software.

Touts and lobbyists

These are usually young able bodied men who hang around looking out for expectant buyers. They would usually beckon on them asking “wetin you buy?” “laptop?” or sometimes ask “download?”. They aren’t dealers but merely middle men soliciting customers for dealers who pay them commissions on every sale they bring in. The unfortunate thing is that many of these touts could pose as dealers and will try to get you to pay as much as possible even if those prices are cut throat.

Notoriety

In as much as computer village is an economically friendly option for your I.T needs it is notorious for a number of reasons such as having many idle hands, some of whom will gladly pick your pockets if you are not vigilant enough. The police sometimes contribute to the notoriety of the place by being unnecessarily zealous for checking suspicious items although they deserve commendation for restraining trouble makers in the market.

Tips for any would be visitor to computer village

1. Do not accept unsolicited assistance from touts no matter how friendly they may appear to be. They are out to exploit customers as much as they can so if you patronize touts who are simply middlemen or sometimes trouble makers you not only risk paying more for an item that costs less than you should pay but you risk buying a substandard product without warranty.

2. Buy from authorized dealers only as they offer warrantees since they sell genuine products. However if you wish to buy second hand products then you are advised to buy directly from engineers as they sell refurbished products although they don’t offer warrantees they are often times more reliable than touts or other middlemen.

3. Visit as many shops as possible I suggest at least five in order to compare prices and make an informed buying decision.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Nice 1 6 years ago

      Nice 1

    • profile image

      Dbd 6 years ago

      That is a good one bro.peace.

    • profile image

      Bryte 6 years ago

      Tnx 4 d handy info.

      God Bless U real good.

    • profile image

      RANSOM E 7 years ago

      GOD BLESS YOU

    • profile image

      Amy 8 years ago

      thanks. this is a beautiful description.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)