20 Common Household Items In Every Nigerian Home



There are some household items that are practically universal in Nigerian homes. There is no special reason why they are exclusive to Nigerians. The kitchen, the bathroom, and other typical domestic objects are included in this list.

These 20 items are things you can be sure to find in a Nigerian home, if you do not find any of these items, you might want to truly question if you are in a Nigerian home.

Coloured sponge

In a Nigerian home, each person can identify their own sponge by its hue. It would typically be hanging in the bathroom all the time.

Mortar and Pestle

The first blender used in Nigeria was a mortar and pestle. It is used for grinding and the preparation of numerous Nigerian cuisines. Till date, some Nigerian homes still prefer this method of grinding

Stainless Plates

Do you recall the days when you were not old enough to use breakable plates? The standard back then was the stainless plate.


Many Nigerian children resort to going to the well or the neighbourhood tap to get water when NEPA decides to let them down. The water fetched is always stored in large drums.


Many Nigerians can attest to lip-syncing while using their non-functional standing fan when they were younger. Most Nigerian houses, especially those with young children, have this item.

Extension box

One item you would undoubtedly find in a Nigerian home are extension boxes with more than 12 charging connections.

Turning Stick

This one is the Garri makers’ special best friend. It makes life easier because it simplifies the process of making Garri. Garri is a common dish in Nigeria, therefore you’d likely find it in most households.


When you consider the iron sieve, you probably think of Sunday rice. It is one of those kitchen appliances that mothers in Nigeria appear to adore.


This is one thing that practically every family in Nigeria has. We are all aware of how light-sensitive NEPA can be. Pure Sarcasm! But then again, any Nigerian will understand.


In a Nigerian home, hangers are a given, and many of us have a reputation for hanging more than one or two items of clothing per hanger.

Rechargeable lamp

This is sure to be in every Nigerian household. It’s mostly untouchable by the kids and is seen as a no go area.

Ghana Must go

This one is a must-have apparently because you would surely find it in a special spot in a Nigerian home. Its name is derived from a historical event that revolved around Ghanaians.

Coloured toothbrush 

This is mainly to distinguish the brushes, that way nobody ends up using another person’s brush.

Bucket water

    Water availability is frequently erratic. Water-filled buckets are kept on hand as a fallback in case the water supply runs dry.

    Bag of Nylons

    Once something is bought, the nylon gotten is added to the rest. No one is a waste as the need for one arises always.

    Portable Containers

    These are preserved and utilized for items like salt, sugar, drinks, detergents, and other things. Containers from a variety of items are saved and repurposed for these uses. An ice cream platter with grinded egusi is an example.

    Ropes in the Bathroom 

    Since it is used to spread undies, you can find this item in the majority of women’s restrooms. Many people refrain from spreading their pant outside in order to avoid stories that touch the heart.

    Trays, Mugs, and Bottle Openers from different Owambes (Parties)

    Nearly every cup, bottle opener, serving tray, and umbrella in a Nigerian family home bear the date of a wedding, christening, or funeral.


    The broom’s position is always unique. If the broom is not found under the chair, it will be found behind the door.


    A piece of rag is always present in a Nigerian home. Someone’s old clothes in the house will always eventually become rags.


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