Last Updated On October 14, 2020.

In December of 2019, the newest shopping experience on the Ikeja city block everyone couldn’t stop talking about was the pristine Jara Mall.

Today, Jara Mall is located at 22, Simbiat Abiola Way, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

And for clarity, “jara” means a little extra. It is a yoruba word and over the past few decades, “jara” has migrated to shores of the popular Pidgin English vocabulary spoken in Edo state and many other parts of Nigeria.

A good example of this is while buying groceries Chidinma says, “…the 100 Naira avocado is too small, mama can you add jara?”

As a Lasgidi adventurer, I visited not only the mall but also Murtala Mohammed Airport (MMA) to catch a vibe of the festivities. Yaaazzzz! This happened the same day I was at Jhalobia Park and Gardens for the second edition of Barfest.

Ha! Now that I think about it, I may never forget my funniest moments in a danfo bus while returning from this thrilling voyage.

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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.

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. Well, I guess they do have now.

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 think 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 definitely say that Jara 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 Jara Mall stands a starry chance at success!

Have you ever shopped at Jara Mall in Ikeja?

I enjoyed myself immensely and I’ll like you to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. everyday. we live behind it. thankfully esp during the lockdown. i agree w the feel too. grt post

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  2. @udegbunamchuks says:

    Thanks for the review. Do they by any chance have a miniso there? Thanks

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    1. You’re absolutely welcome Chuks. Well, I don’t think they do but there’s a Miniso nearby in the Ikeja City Mall.


      1. @udegbunamchuks says:

        Ok. Thanks a lot

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      2. You’re very welcome!


  3. Dee Awata says:

    I went here recently. I like the space although the stores aren’t all occupied yet. The Puma store has great rates too!

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    1. Oh many thanks for the heads up Dee!

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  4. This looks nice. I agree with the need for more green spaces.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Amarachi!
      Green spaces create a great atmosphere for shopping.


  5. VD's memoir says:

    Love this review! It looks like a nice place to take some IG pictures and to shop.

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    1. Aye Aye Captain
      Thanks for stopping by

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  6. looks like the perfect place to shop!

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    1. You got that right Andy!


  7. PoojaG says:

    Seems like a fun place to see!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Trust me, it is PoojaG

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  8. I’ve been wanting to visit for the longest time but I haven’t had the chance to, I pass by the mall every morning on my way to work, but I’ll make out time now as your review is making me want to make more effort to check it out.
    Nice work

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Vheronika!

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