The backdrop of the market is the Lagos Lagoon, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. I have been here before to use the jetty heading to the beach at Tarkwa Bay. Today, I am here for the fish.
As usual, several women call out to us, asking that we check out their selection. My friend ignores them all and heads straight to the back. I follow.
She stops at a large basin and a smiling woman. This is Iyabo. With four men hauling the huge fish from basin to cutting slab, there is no doubt that Iyabo has carved a niche at this market. My friend explains that Iyabo’s fish is fresh, while the other selllers display frozen fish.
I gawk at the fish on rocks and Iyabo dishes out Fish 101.
This is Shiny Nose.
At the corner is Red Snapper.
Barracuda, which I learn makes excellent stew is front left.
I love the idea of a bloodless purchase. This is a more satisfying trip than when I accompanied my older sister to the cow slaughter house/abbatoir earlier this year.
I want a part of the fresh find, so I ask for Croaker. For $5, I get 3 pieces of this size.
For a subsequent visit, my heart is set on the $16 Barracuda. Something tells me we can create an exciting Cheznma dish together.
Home becomes a happier place when I can buy and eat fresh.
This is the Law School Fish Market in Lagos, Nigeria and you are invited to purchase a fresh taste of home.