Secondhand clothes trade booming in Nigeria’s flea markets Includes interview and first

Secondhand clothes trade booming in Nigeria’s flea markets Includes interview and first

Secondhand clothing materials are imported into Nigeria mostly through Cotonou, Republic of Benin, and originate mostly from Western countries. Traders have no difficulty bribing their way though the check points to ensure that Nigeria’s flea markets get a constant supply. Sometimes when the goods are seized at the borders the importers have to redeem their consignments with well placed bribes.

One of the most popular flea markets in southwest Nigeria is Katangua market at Super Bus Stop, Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway. The flea market Digital Journal reporter visited on Wednesday (April 5) is a small one at Gate, Ibadan. The market is one of several such small okrika markets in Ibadan.

Ever since the devaluation of the Nigerian currency, imported goods have become very expensive and Ben daun (“bend down”) markets, as flea markets are also popularly known in Nigeria, have gone through a booming surge. Beside secondhand clothing and accessories and such as shirts,T shirts, skirts and blouses, shoes, bags,curtains, bedspreads and even undergarments, almost all imported items Nigerians buy are okrika: cars, motorcycles, machinery and equipments, electronics, furniture, and GSM phones.

The relatively cheap prices explain why flea markets are so popular in Nigeria. Most of the clothes are imported from affluent Western countries. Clothes categorized “grade one” are generally more durable being made from higher quality fabrics that do not fade quickly with washing. Many Nigerians, therefore, don’t think it makes sense to buy clothes made from locally produced fabrics that are more expensive but fade quickly with washing, and they can’t afford the high prices at the “boutiques” either.

Victoria, wife of a military officer at the Ojoo military cantonment, who cheap jerseys imports secondhand clothes from Cotonou told Digital Journal reporter that the only gain for Nigerians who buy “brand new clothes” from boutiques is the satisfaction that comes from bragging “Ah no dey bai okrika.” (“I don’t buy okrika”). Victoria insists that most “boutiques” stock the best secondhand clothes from United States and Western European countries but palm them off to their customers as “brand new.” Victoria insists that only the top boutiques in Ibadan and Lagos sell genuine “brand new” clothes. empty pride).