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News Summary: Secondhand clothes flood Nigeria


WHAT'S OLD IS NEW: Traders in Nigeria scour and barter over secondhand clothes donated from the West, helping clothe this nation of more than 160 million people where the textile industry largely collapsed years ago.

BYGONE DAYS: Nigeria once had a thriving textile industry, mainly based in the northern city of Kano. But in recent decades, as Nigeria's state-run electricity company fell into shambles, the mills slowed and finally stopped.

TIDAL WAVE OF COTTON: At one market in Lagos, three items of clothing sell for a $1, a bargain compared with locally made shirts. Nearby, rows of tailors sit at foot-cranked sewing machines, repairing tears and resizing shirts.


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