The newest shopping experience on Ikeja city block everyone can’t stop talking about is the pristine Jara Mall.
- Address: 22, Simbiat Abiola Way, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
‘Jara’ means a little extra, it is a yoruba word and over the past few decades it has migrated to shores of the popularly spoken Nigerian Pidgin. A good example, while buying groceries Chidinma says, “…this 100 Naira pepper is too small, mama can you add Jara?”
As a trotter, I visited not only the mall but also Murtala Mohammed Airport (MMA) to catch a vibe of the festivities. Yaaazzzz! This happened sometime December last year, the same day I was at Jhalobia Park and Gardens for the second edition of Barfest. And now that I think about it, I may never forget my funniest moments in a Danfo bus while returning from this thrilling voyage.
The Jara Mall
On arriving Jara Mall, you’ll notice a keen sense of security and serenity. The facility has an overwhelming number of parking spaces and wide walkways plus it is bordered by a chain link fence, equipped with outdoor lighting and flanked by a BRT Bus Terminal.
There was a lot of ongoing construction work during my first visit, clanging of metallic parts and whirring of heavy machinery enveloped the atmosphere. Although, stores and restaurants like Kilimanjaro, So Fresh and Bukka Hut occupied slots in the premises, only a few including Medplus Pharmacy and Jara Discount Store were really open for business. I tried getting some Snickers Bar but the store didn’t stock any. Sounds like a plan!
The Viva Cinema is another spectacle of the mall, this anchor tenant showed off movies like Spies in Disguise and Jumanji at the time. It was really exciting and I wish I could see a movie but… Barfest.
Inside Jara Mall, there’s a feeling that is hard to explain, you believe you’re in a mall and at the same time it feels like an open market. A combination of unfolding spaces, high headroom and steel roof structures justify this colourful experience (go see for yourself).
If I was going to make any recommendation, I would say that the mall needs much more greenery.
All in all, it was a good trip; the Ikeja City Mall was barely twenty seven minutes away but then, I think Jara’s closeness to MMA, Airport Shuttle Services, Ikeja Bus Terminal, Computer Village and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital is enough good reason that the mall stands a starry chance at success!
I enjoyed myself immensely and I’ll like you to share your thoughts in the comments below.