Bakery Business in Nigeria: How to Get Started


Are you looking to learn how to start a bakery business in Nigeria? Then you just landed on the right page. Read on!

In times past and in the present times, bread has always had a place on the dining tables of every home. Different flavours and varieties of bread are being produced and sold in commercial quantities in Nigeria.

Bread is readily available for purchase by people of all income levels both in the rural and urban areas of the country. This general acceptance and patronage has made the bakery business a very profitable one.

If you are interested in starting a bakery business, it is recommended that you learn what it takes to set up a successful bakery.

The information provided in this article does not in any way negate the need for you to conduct a feasibility study of a bakery business before taking a plunge. The post is only meant to give you some basic insight into the business.

Before you decide to start a bakery business anywhere in Nigeria, you first of all try to find out more about the business from those who are already into it and have spent years in the business. This will help you understand what you need to get started successfully as well as the pitfalls you need to avoid.

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Here are the basic requirements of a bakery business.


As expected, location is paramount to the success or failure of any business. You need to look for a suitable location for your bakery. Do not locate your bakery in a close cluster of buildings. Also you must make sure there is no other bakery in close proximity to yours — to avoid competition.

Bakery equipment

If you want to run a hitch-free bakery, it is important that you have the best equipment. You  will need mixers of various sizes, refrigerators, display cases and, the most important of all, a huge baking oven.

Some of the bakery owners I visited laid much emphasis on the quality of your oven. They stressed that a poorly constructed oven could collapse and cause a lot of damage. So, it is recommended that you hire someone who really understands the process of constructing the oven when you’re ready to build yours.

Bakery licence

It is required that you register with the Association of Nigerian Bakers. They will provide you with the necessary information you need and the rules that bind the business in Nigeria.

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For a start, you can employ people to handle tasks such as baking, someone to be working on the oven and distributors. A minimum of six employees will do.

Startup capital

It cannot be exactly stated how much is required to start the business, since it depends on many factors, such as location, availability of raw materials, and so on. I advise you to do a feasibility plan first. This will give you a clearer picture of how much you need to get started.  You should have the capital to rent or buy a building for your bakery.

Other things you need to know about the bakery business in Nigeria


Profit in this business depends largely on the area you serve. Some form of creativity can also increase the level of patronage for your bread. Producing bread with nice and distinctive flavour can set you apart from the others.


For your safety and that of your employees, and for savaging your bakery from serious fire damage, it highly required that you install fire detectors and fire extinguishers.

About the author

This post was submitted by Philip Ohasuonu.


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  1. Muhammad Jika Garba

    I am muhammad Jika Garba. i am an experienced baker and mixer though i control snacks,confectionaries and special breads, i base in minna@tunga, i will be glad if anybody will want to partner with me in such production and if he wants to start up a bakery business. Can easily contact me on my number 08169453530 or mail me @ . I will make myself avalable if you are ready. Thank you all.

  2. mildred

    I have never had an idea but really want to start break bakery business pls can someone guild me in term of capital and how to break even

  3. Ernest Unigwe

    I am ready to start a bakery,I meed a consultant to guide me

    1. Kabirat

      I am ready to start a bakery,I meed a consultant to guide me.

  4. Kola Adejola

    This piece is insightful as its is inspiring. Thank you for the good job.

  5. Evelyn

    Thank you. This is a good advice, I think T can start working with this, because bakery business is what i have being desiring to do.

  6. Hauwa

    Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Bonufaton Noah

    Thanks alot, for the insight. God just layed it in my heart to go into Bread making business, with your piece av got a clear picture of how to go about it. My question is… For how long will someone be an aprrentice before stating his own…. Or can one start without being an apprentice.

  8. Samuel oyebanji

    Thanks a lot.Infact am also bakery worker but still an apprentice.But what gave me the intention starting up a bakery was because of the great profit behind it.And now,me and my senior 2 brothers has totally agreed to start up a bakery and has also promised to assist me with some capitals.And am looking for anyone who could advice me on where to start and also the procedures in starting up a bakery in order for me to be a successful business owner and u can also send me any message into my e-mail if u have any strong advice for me.This is my email

  9. taiwo abdul

    This is quite good for me as a guide to starting a bakery business.
    Nice piece.

  10. Adebiyi Abiola

    Thank you so much for this piece, i find it very helpful cos as a food science student and a civil servant, i want to start my own business and am considering bread making.

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