The typical market day in my village!




Author of this post:

CBS NVTI Certificate Student Linda




Every Friday is a market day in my hometown Chiana. On a typical market day, people get up at early dawn – earlier than on normal days – and prepare to go to the market. Especially women who sell in the market get up extra early. People come from different places to the market with cars, motorbikes, motorkings, bicycles. Especially women also walk from far places. They walk long distances with commodities such as tomato, pepper, onion, garden-eggs and green leafs to the market. People who manufacture goods bring them from far and nearby towns and villages.

The women display  their commodities on small tables and mats on the floor. People come from the villages and town to buy goods like clothes, soap, cutlasses, footwear, tomato, oil, onion and pepper. Fishermen bring all kinds of fish from far to the market for sale.

At about ten o’clock in the morning, the market place is busy with people buying and selling goods. At that time, you will see people shouting and calling people to buy their things. And some people carry goods to get money and buy some goods for their children. Also, if someone who does not sell in the market has some goods, at times market women collect them to sell them for the person. Like that, the market women can get additional income to by food, clothes, soap and footwear for their children and to save money for their school fees. Some students absent themselves from school and go to the market to sell so that they will get something to eat and money to buy their needs and wants. Especially when the teachers ask them to buy books and their parents do not have money to buy for them.

Around 4pm, sellers start packing up their goods and preparing to go home and cook. It is also by this time that people who made profit will go to the drinking spots to enjoy themselves. By 6-7 pm going, the young boys and girls are now in the market moving around and enjoying themselves. Around 9-10pm, the market place will now be quiet.

Let me now show you some pictures from a typical market day in Navrongo:



Here is where you can get rice, beans, sobolo leaves, dried okro and groundnuts.





This is a motorking loaded with bags full of charcoal.





Here, you get any type of vegetable or fruit.





These are different kinds of leaves. We use them to prepare soups for the Tuo Zaafi.





I was buying tomatoes and onions.





This is my mother and I. My mother sells in the market in Navrongo every three days. Sometimes, I help her.




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About the author:

Linda is a second year NVTI Secretaryship student. She joined CBS in the beginning of 2016 (5th batch) and will graduate in the end of 2017.

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One thought on “The typical market day in my village!

  1. cbsmelanie says:

    Dear Linda,
    what a nice insight into a typical market day! What are the ingredients you normally buy for your favourite dish? Which products can not be found in the market in Navrongo?
    Warm regards,

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