Our hometown is where our roots lie; that is where our ancestors were born. My roots lie in a colossal town called Onitsha in Anambra State, Nigeria. Onitsha is what can be referred to as the "Nigerian New York." This is because of the similar features it has to New York in terms of job opportunities. It is a place where a person can better his way of life financially.
Onitsha is a very large and heavily populated town primarily known for the gigantic market it has called the Onitsha Main-Market. This market happens to be the prevalent market in the whole West Africa. It is mainly because of this market that the town has some of the characteristics identical to New York's. One of these characteristics is job opportunity. The market includes people who provide services such as computer repairs, mini perm kernel mashing companies, car mechanics, paint producing mini companies, and many other small companies. These companies provide jobs for many inhabitants of the town; because of this people migrate into the state and converge around Onitsha. The market also hosts other sales such as: electronics, meat, fish clothes (both foreign and home made), agricultural products, cars, books, building facilities, and many other items, and they are gotten at a very cheap rate because of the large quantities which are needed. These products are bought in Onitsha Main-Market and moved to other surrounding retailers. As each month passes, the market increases its size since many businessmen join-in on the sales.
My town has a major oil producing company. This company produces local palm oil, which in high demand. This palm oil is then used for different purposes. There isn't a part of the fruit that is not valuable, from the fleshy outer layer through the shell to the seed. The air produced from the machines from the companies in the town makes some part of the town smell like roasted peanut or roasted palm kernel.
Because of these industries and job opportunities many people come to my village to make money.
My town is the exact opposite of a quiet town; something is always happening. Most parts of the town are noisy from around 8.00am to 5.00pm, which is the official working hour, and the streets are very busy especially around the Niger Bridge, because of the people coming into the town. The Niger Bridge is the only bridge linking the state to the northern states and southern states, and the bridge is located in Onitsha.
My town also has traditional rulers who are conveyed the title "Obi of Onitsha" Which means the heart of the town. The bearer of this title not only rules my town but is also...