Second-hand clothes are on the import prohibition list in Nigeria, but, despite this, markets are filled to the brim with a wide variety of second-hand clothing.
This line of business is so popular that thousands of small-time traders bribe border officials to bring in their own bales through neighbouring countries.
Traders open the bales of garments each morning, grade them into three categories and ship the lowest-quality items to impoverished villages in the countryside.
On a successful day, retailers move enough clothing to fill five 40-foot shipping containers.
The routes they use to bring in the banned goods to Nigeria remain a closely-guarded secret. Rumors have it that the clothes are imported into Nigeria mostly through neighbouring Benin and Togo.
The trade in second-hand clothes provides thousands of jobs - from tailors who repair any torn garments clothes to those who wash and iron them to make them more presentable and appealing.
And nothing goes to waste. Any rejected pieces of clothing are quickly turned into children's wear by tailors.
In the long run, most people benefit from the trade in second-hand clothes - the bulk of which were originally donated to be worn by the poor. At the same time, medical experts assure that imported second-hand clothes may cause candidiasis and hepatitis.
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