Shopping for Back to School kits is a necessity especially now that children and wards are resuming school.
Shopping for Back to School kits is a necessity especially now that children and wards are resuming school. Besides, we can all agree with me that adding shopping to the already tasking responsibility of being a wife and a mother is somewhat a big deal, especially for working mothers. So, whether you are a civil servant, an entrepreneur, a shop owner, an elite class woman or even a housewife, you must have been getting ready to get your wards back to their prestigious places of learning, getting them dolled up and adequately prepared, looking like proper pupils and students. Day or boarding schools, we have put together a list of places where you can shop for the Back-to-School needs of your children or wards. For children in boarding schools, their needs go beyond ensuring that they have their back packs ready, it goes as far as having their provision set ready, new set of underwear, new pairs of uniform, and hostel wears, towels, sanitary towels, tampons and other needed female stuff, food and snack vouchers, new footies, new set of boxes, new textbooks, notepads, pens and other writing material and if your ward’s schools support payment for these things while making them also available and accessible, you can opt for the latter and save yourself the shopping time, maximize and use it for things just as productive. If you are feeling high on giving, you should probably even get gifts for their teachers and hostel mistresses if you deem fit! For the children in day schools, they need almost about the same things except the hostel wears. However, you want to be sure that contrabands are not packed in their boxes. Beyond shopping, you are also expected to be available for your children while they are packing their bags and even after they must have gone to school, most importantly, mentally and financially.
While we have several markets you can shop from such as, Eko Market, situated on the Lagos Island and is one of the best local markets in Lagos State where you are bound to find almost everything that you are looking for from house wares, to food items or even your children’s back to school kits. Yaba market is another, popularly known as Tejuoso market. It is one of the busiest markets in Lagos State but you can definitely get your children shoes, flips, materials for their uniform and house wears or even provisions amongst other things. You can also try Surulere Market.
However, asides from general markets that we probably already know, some stores and malls are specifically for back to school ensemble. School fitters is one of them with stores in different parts of Nigeria, especially Lagos and Abuja. Their stores are situated at Ajah, Lekki phase 1, Ikeja, and their head office is situated at Gbagada, all in Lagos. Should in case you do not have the strength for shopping, they also have an online store, visit www.schoolkitsng.com. Shoprite stores can likewise be located with ease in Lagos. Spar is currently running a back to school advert and they are in Yaba and many other places in Lagos, you might want to try them out. Online markets such as Jumia and Konga are usually very cool ways of shopping without spending as much time as you would, doing traditional shopping. It saves you time, and the prices go for almost the same except delivery or tax if there is any. If you consider the time spent traditionally shopping, compared to how much you have to pay, you just might realize that online shopping is a pretty good deal. Jumia is currently running a back to school advert as well. Malls are not bad ideas too, Lagos houses a whole lot of them.
For Abuja residents, you also do have a lot of market options to shop from. The most popular being Wuse Market. Wuse market is quite a large market. You would find anything you go out to look for, anything at all including your personal needs. Karimo market has official market days and they are on Tuesdays and Fridays. These days, goods are sold at bargain prices and retailers come to do their shopping as well. Here, you can get as much as you want for your children’s preparation for resumption. Other markets in Abuja where you can shop for back to school kits are Nyanya market, Utako market, Gudu market, Mararaba market, Garki International market.
Malls such as Ceddi Plaza, Prince Ebeano Supermarket, or any of the several Shoprite stores in Abuja. They have outlets in Lugbe, Apo, Jabi lake, Central Business District, etc. Also, Abuja school outfitters is situated in Alexandra Crescent, Bannex junction, Wuse 2, Abuja.
Where are my Ibadan residents? People from the ancient and largest city in West Africa! Shopping for back to school kits should not be much of a problem for mothers in this region, I have heard. You can literally buy everywhere or anywhere you see something that catches your attention. Except you live in an estate you will have to consider and plan your day if you were to go shopping. You can get your back to school needs in Dugbe market. This market is very large and even has an extension called Dugbe Alawo. The beauty of markets in Ibadan is that one market leads to another and you almost would not know that you have entered another market. They are linked. Here, you can get shoes, clothes, lunch boxes, and other items needed in the back to school kit.
Gbagi market is another market with an extension. The kind of varieties of goods you get from this place cannot be underestimated and the prices are just as considerate. It houses different types of goods just as Aleshinloye market but the former cannot be compared with the latter in terms of size and types of goods. You can also try out pep store for your children’s shoes and pinnacle plaza for stuffs such as lunch boxes and the rest.
While at it, do not forget to also mentally prepare your kinds for the term. Hopefully, this article will make shopping and preparation go easy for Nigerian mothers. Cheers!
Written by Dada Iyanuloluwa for Moms Africa