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Good Old Bata Shoes: Back With a Bang?

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Do you remember the good old days of Cortina back to school shoes? If you lived in Lagos in the 60’s, through early 80’s, you’d agree with me that Christmas holidays and “Back to schools” just weren’t complete without a trip to the Bata retail Stores in Ojota.

That smell of fresh leather, the thrill of strolling up and down the aisle, reveling in the sight and smell of beautiful, good quality shoes with the certainty of going home with one, the thrill of the white paper box that contained the shoes, the pleasure of fitting into this and that one until our parents were certain of the perfect “one size bigger” shoes for us which we didn’t mind anyway.

If Bata didn’t form a part of your childhood, then I don’t know what did.
Being an international company that has been around for over 124 years, Bata came into the Nigerian scenes in the sixties and while it was around, served its consumers excellently well.

It was however a big disappointment to have the company vacate the Nigerian market due to unfavourable policies.

2019 makes a remarkable year as it sees this mammoth international shoe manufacturing company make its way back into the Nigerian market.

CobraReview talked to a number of parents who were children of the 60’s to 80’s and their enthusiasm to have their children walk to school in the Bata shoe brands was quite encouraging.

Mrs Toyin Yussuf reminisced on her glorious childhood days when she had to wait patiently for her older siblings to outgrow their Bata Cortina shoes so she could earn ownership of them.

Seun Thomas said he was always amazed at the way the shoes lasted from one rugged sibling to the other. Rose told CobraReview that her shoe box became a doll house for her dolls when she was little.

Trend and durability are qualities that define Bata shoes and we trust that those qualities still endure till date.

What do you have to say about your favourite Bata shoes? CobraReview will like to hear from you.

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Uche Onunkwo
I am Uche Onunkwo, an optimistic journalist with a flair for adventures. I am a presenter, a writer, storyteller, an editor, and a voice over artist.

4 Comments

  1. This is indeed an amazing comeback! Let’s hope their new marketing plan works as there are many competitors in the market.

  2. I miss my cortina shoe. Hopefully it will be embraced again as the new fad in Nigeria.

  3. So it is true that Bata is back to Nigeria?
    Please where is their Lagos outlet?
    I will happily take my kids on a trip to their store for back to school shopping before September.
    I remember my dad taking me to their Ojota outlet in the 80’s.
    Chei! I don old o.

  4. I can’t believe Bata is back in Nigeria…. I wonder if they can maintain the great qualities of those good old days… I wish them best of luck

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