Used clothes market is booming and not affected by recession

The market has been source of affordable clothes for most people in Nigeria, and in Africa. The sources of these clothes have been noted to be United States of America, China and Europe where they are send to Africa as aids.

A young used-clloth (Okrika) seller in one of its major market in Lagos

One of the few sectors in Nigeria that the current recession in Nigeria did not affect is the used-clothes “Okrika” market. Patronage of this market is not restricted to any class, as its usage cuts across social strata.

At present, used clothes from aboard is considered most handy, durable and affordable. Hence, the market has witnessed boom even when restrictions have been placed on importation of used clothes by the government.

In Lagos State, for instance Yaba, Aswani, Katangua and Vesper among others, are famous for the trade used clothes usually sourced from United States of America, Italy, England and other European countries.


In the early 90s, the items being offered by this market are restricted to shirts, trousers and skirts. Today, the offerings of the market have expanded to include very fashion item and accessories which cut across clothes, shoes, bags, night gowns as well as bras and panties for both sexes across ages.

The Brooks Institute noted that "whilst used t-shirts, jeans and dresses can satisfy a basic need for affordable clothing, they ultimately help keep people in poverty."

"Second-hand clothing maintains the status quo, it doesn't help the poor get richer, it just keeps things as they are at the moment."

This is the reason why recession and economic condition may never affect the market in Nigeria, and Africa by extension.

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