Contraband clothes dominate Nigeria’s market


Despite a government ban on selling second-hand clothes in Africa’s most populous country, it’s estimated that 80 per cent of Nigerians dress in illicit, used garments.

The ban, ostensibly designed to protect local textile producers, is one of several imposed by African countries who are angry about being flooded with donated clothes from the wealthy world.

Despite the ban Katangowa market in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, is the largest used clothing market on the continent. The Moment newspaper in Nigeria describes it as the “Wall Street of second-hand clothes”.

The garments are moved into Nigeria illegally from neighbouring countries, Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reported.

While selling clothes can help put food on the table for vendors in Katangowa, they are not the main beneficiaries of the trade, according to recent research.

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