Modern Epe is the collection point for the export of Fish in Lagos, with a vibrant Epe fish market, fishing is the major occupation of the locals in Epeland. On leaving the creeks at Ibeju Lekki, we decided to head to the market and see for ourselves.
We took another taxi at Ibeju Lekki junction and headed to Epe, we dropped at “Aiyetoro” where we got a bike to the fish market. ON getting there, the outside looked deserted but on stepping in, I saw more varieties than I have ever seen in all my years put together.
We saw fishes in various shapes and sizes at the various stalls and vendors from every nook and cranny called out to us in a bid to get us to buy their wares.
We kept moving and got to the extereme end of the market. Here we saw where the fishes were being caught ? and sold cheaply. Hence if you want a good bargain at the Epe Fish Market? this is where you want to be as a basket of fish consisting of 12pieces or more pieces were being sold for between 3 – 6 thousand Naira depending on the size. Like in most markets bargaining is key, so don’t forget to put your best foot forward. ?
While we were at Epe, some sorta festival was going on and we saw the locals trooping out en mass to watch whilst offering paryers of goodluck, blessings, long life profit in business amongst others. I tried to find out from the biker who took us to the market but he couldn’t quite convey what was going on in terms I understood ☹️
Fishes are not the only products sold at the Epe Fish Market, Prawns, shrimps and other sea food are also sold there. Snails and bush meat of diverse species are also on sale for those who might be interested.
The Epe Fish Market is not just a market but a thriving fishing community. In Epe fish is not just sold, it is celebrated and it is their pride.