Though the over 30years Old Alade market may have been demolished but the new Alade market is located about 150 metres away from the old one, off Obafemi Awolowo. The New Alade market seats on 2.5 hectares of land. The market has been described as one of the most modern of all markets so far in Lagos. It has 504 lock up shops, 200 units of open stalls, 20 toilets, 350kva and 150kva generators, crèche, 3 boreholes as well as an ample car park that can take up to 350 cars at a time among others.
As expected, many celebrity women who owned shops at the popular old Alade have moved to its new location. The Alade market is repete with Society woman who are visibly seen at major shindigs. They make parties tick and they turn out gorgeous in expensive outfits and jelweries. They are all called Alade caucus, because all of them have one or more shops inside the market which is the busiest market within the Ikeja environs.
City People Assistant Society Editor, ABIOLA ORISILE who visited the market penultimate week when they held their first trade fair, brings you 50 names of society women who own shops at the new market.
Edo state born Mrs Aina Adenuga is the Iyaloja of Alade market. She is the CEO of Elizabeth Stephen store which she started in 1980. The over 70year old grandmother who doesn’t look an inch her age has been the Iyaloja of Alade market for over 15years. She sells unique laces among others.
She is the Vice Iyaloja of the market and she is the CEO of Deens store located inside Alade market. Popularly called “Iya Iyawo“, she sells unique beards for brides and her shop is always filled to brim by brides to be who want the best bead for their wedding.
She is the treasurer of Alade market and she is the CEO of SHE-Baby, one of the upscale grocery shops in Alade. She stocks imported stuff and she has been in Alade market for over 15years.
FOLUKE ADENIYI JONES
Petite but with the right curves at the right places pretty Mrs Foluke Adeniyi-Jones doesn’t look an inch her age as she will be clocking 80years in the next few weeks and she runs the upscale shoe and bag store called TOPSHOP. The Ekiti born Lagos socialite is married to the popular Adeniyi Jones family. The beautiful lady has an uncommon love for shoes and bags and she revealed to us that she got her name from the popular UK luxury shoe and bag shop in London. She has over 4 double shops in the new Alade market. Her shops inside and outside Alade market parades the best shoes and quality bags. She runs the popular outfit, Topshop and she is well loved by her friends, Her shop is always a mecca of sort for society women.
Lara Adebiyi is the CEO of the thriving boutique, Feet and Shoulder, Hardly will you know her surname because many of her friends call her Lara Feet and Shoulder. She is one of the pretty ladies who run big stores in Alade. She deals in shoes and clothing. High end luxury goods are her best sell products and that is why people flock her shop for designer labels.
She is one of the beautiful women who run big stores in Alade market. She is very popular in Alade and in Ikeja as a whole. She runs Radek Boutique, an upscale boutique which deals in maternity wears for ladies. It has become a one stop shop for expectant and caring mothers. She recently opened 2 big stores in Ikeja and she is doing very well. She is a regular traveller and the pretty wife of popular E-27 magazine publisher, Biodun Kupoluyi. She is one of the most popular society women in Alade market and her new shop is located at a very strategic, position with a bigger parking space.
MRS RONKE SHONOWO OWODUNI
This 74 years old Lagos society woman runs one of the biggest Fabric shops on the island. She is the CEO of Owoniyi Wonu fabrics and all her children who stay abroad also sell Fabrics. She is the president of Alade market Fabrics seller and she has been selling fabric since 1965,
The tall and pretty boss of Dressense, Lara Sonoiki is one celeb woman who is also doing well in business. She stocks designers female wears, be it in dresses or suits or trousers, she has them in large quantities and different sizes. She is also one of the beautiful women who make parties tick.
Jumoke Otitoloju is one of the most unassuming celeb women in Alade market. She is happily married and runs a big store known a Jlyne Ventures inside Alade. She has up to 2 shops inside Alade where she sells lovely dresses, jackets and skirt suits. She is one of the closest friends of Radeke Kupoluyi.
Tinu is the boss of the thriving boutique, Smart and Trendy, a one stop shop where you can get all your designer clothing. She is one of the celeb women who rocks Owambes. She has her shop inside Alade market.
At the mention of T-Black Supermarket, Titis name will crop up because her shop is very popular inside the market. Her supermart is full to the brim and she sells quality products, most especially her make-up products, it is where you can find the best high end products of make-up and many other home essentials.
Fondly called Dunniz which is her outfit name, she is also one of the big babes in Alade market. A celeb woman to the core, her dress sense is second to none as she adorns the best quality outfits money can buy. She is a lover of bags and anytime you sight her, check what she is carrying, a designer i bet you. She runs the popular clothing store, Dunniz.
From any entrance into the Alade market, one shop that comes straight to your face is Ladies and Things boutique because of it’s wideness and large signboard she has up to 3 shops in Alade. She is one of the big time business women inside the market. She deals in all things about ladies, from shoes to bags to clothes and all. Her shop is where you can get to buy various complete outfits for any outing.
Looking for exquisite jewellry then Teems is the right place to be. Lagos big babe, Funmilayo is the boss of Teems accessories. She deals in all kinds of exquisite earrings, chains, bangles and costumes. She travels almost every time to stock her shop due to the high patronage. She is also a preacher of what she does as you will always find her wearing beautiful neck or ear pieces.
She is one of the stylish ladies in Alade market and runs the popular Franca B Boutique which deals in trendy and latest wears.
Pretty Idowu is one woman you will always love to have around you. She has mastered her trade and she is doing well at it. She is one of the rich babes who own the popular Amazing Grace couture in Alade. Her outfit is second to none, she does made to measure and sells off the peg outfit. Her shop is a one stop shop for women who have great taste for high fashion.
She is also one of the sophisticated ladies who run big stores in Alade. Her name is very popular amongst those who seek the best in what she sells. She is the CEO of Tarins Boutique which deals in various designer clothings. She is a big time business woman and rocks the party scene.
She is one of the big babes who run a thriving store in Alade Market She is the pretty boss of Julitex Stores, a high end store which deals in designer bags, laces, purses and different types of jelweries and costumes. She stocks original labels and has a 2 in 1 shop located at the 1stline infront of Alade Market. She rocks Lagos parties and her beauty which complements her tall stature turns heads at parties. She preaches what she does as you will always sight her in designer apparels.
The name of her shop is Moonlight stores and that is why she is called.Alhaja Moonlight. Alhaja is one of the happening women in Alade. She dresses to the core and can’t be found wanting in the style sector. She deals in various types of female wears.
She is the boss of Flourish boutique. She deals in different kinds of women wears, skirt suits, shoes, and dresses. She is also one of the women who make parties tick. She always adorns expensive clothing and matching jelwery to go with it.
She is one of the celeb ladies who rock parties hard. She is an embodiment of beauty and preaches what she does. Tayo Animashaun is one lady who has many friends due to her large heart and kind nature. She runs one of the biggest stores in Alade known as Just For You.
Alhaja Sonowo is also one of the big time business women in Alade. She has been in the market for years and despite her old age, she is still as agile as ever. She runs more than one stores in Alade market. She deals in Textiles.
Alhaja Ojikutu practices what she preaches. She is a lover of quality laces and that is what you will sight on her anytime you come across her at parties. She is also one of the veterans in Alade market who has deep pocket.
An uptown girl whose love for high end fashion dates back to when she was in school, Bola has been in Alade market for years and she knows her onions within the market. She is a lover of Owanbes and sits atop a flourishing boutique which stocks clothes, shoes and bags. She is married with kids.
Lady hope runs one of the jelwery shops simple called Hope inside Alade Market. Her shop is on the 3rd line in Alade market and it has been a mecca of sort for many women who love quality jelweries. She also stocks rare costumes and fashionable wristwatches.
Ireti is another big time business woman who has a large store inside Alade market. She is one of the celeb women who add colours to parties. Highly loved by friends, she is the CEO of Retties boutique.
She is the Secretary of Alade market and she deals on gift items of all kind. Her shop is always a beehive of activities for many who want the best party souvenirs. She goes abroad to stock the best of souvenirs for Lagos parties.
When you enter New Alade market and you ask for where you can get the best of Unique Senegalese you will be directed to Gozelle Senegale shop owned by Nzosi Aruna. She travels as far as Switzerland to get fabric to take to Senegal to make her Senegalese wear which can never be found at other Senegalese shop.
Another Senegalese store which stocks the best and unique Senegalese Jalamia and lace Senegalese is Tricha stores also located inside Alade market. She has been in the market for over 12years and still counting.
Talk about unique kiddies wear which can never be found at any kiddies store in Lagos and Bliss Kiddies will come to mind. She has been in Alade market for over 20years and still counting. Only those who want their kids to bliss patronise Dorothy for her unique taste for classy wears.
Since she started her boutique in 1997, this journalist turned entrepreneur would tell you she has no course to regret.
Though Mrs Ronke has shops located at International tradefair and Awolowo but the CEO of Cosmetic-de-classic in Alade market runs the best cosmetic store in Alade market. She has been running the shop for over 12years.
She runs AMYPACE shoe and bag inside Alade market.
She runs the popular MAHFUZ shoe and bag store located INSIDE Alade market. The Lagos born business man has been running the shop for 18years.
OLANIKE ADEKUNLE AJAYI
Though she used to have her shop at popular Balogun market on the island but she decided to shift base from Balogun 5years ago. She runs the popular G2G collection boutique in Alade market.
She runs the best jewellery shop in Alade market called Titos store. Many party lovers in Lagos loves patronising the 6years jewellery merchant who stocks unique jewellery for parties.
The Edo born business woman runs Melina Fabrics located inside popular Alade market. She has been running the shop for 12years.
She is the CEO of ZANDRA Senegalese store and she has been running it for over 3years
The Kwara born former accountant turned businesswoman is the CEO of Bodycurves, an upscale feminine shop which stock the best bra and undies for women. She has been running the shop for 10 years
This Lagos society woman runs BIJOUX BOX, a jewellery shop that stock the best cubic zirconia , pearls and sterling silver inside Alade market.
The fair pretty woman runs AYINKE Gold, a jewellery shop located inside Alade market.
She is the financial secretary of the market and she is the CEO of TICKMORE store where she sells household wares.
Other society women who own shops in Alade market are AOLAT AJUWOU ( CEO BIDEZ CONNECTION), MINA LORDIS OF ELEGANT LOOK AND BIMBO ADOYA , Divine exclusive, Titos fabrics, Dazzling Outfit by Moji Toyobo, Oluwafunmi Otusajo of style loft boutique, Koyof fabric boss and so on.