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Business - February 18, 2020

Rush for ‘Okrika’ pants, bras, others propelling business says dealers

A used clothes dealers attending to buyers.

The patronage of used clothes popularly known as “Okirika” has been on the increase and dealers in Lagos has attributed it to durability of the clothes, especially ladies’ underwear.

In a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the various selling points in Lagos, they say this trend has led to increasing boom in the business.

According to them, no new pant, girdle, tight, bra, boxer-shot, singlet, among others, that could be compared to the used stuff.

The dealers told NAN that the Okirika business had come to stay because of the patronage from most Nigerians.

Uchechukwu Ndukwe, a bra dealer in Katanguwa market in Abule-Egba area of Lagos, in spite of the ban on used clothes in the country by the Federal Government said used clothes business has remained lucrative.

“I must be honest with you that in spite of the challenge of bringing the clothes into the country, a dealer is made when he or she opens a bale packed with almost new stuff¸ especially when they are ladies’ under wears.

“This stuff is known in the business as “First Grade” and they are the toast of most well-to-do in the society. Some of them deposit money in advance for such stuff,” Ndukwe said.

Innocent Uyi, in Arena Shopping Complex in Oshodi, Lagos said he initially sold both new and used clothes but discontinued the selling of new ones because customers preferred the Okrika stuff because it was more durable.

“Most high class customers prefer designer wears such as Next, Prada, Marks and Spencer and others.

“The demand for Okrika pant and girdle is very encouraging and my customers get value for their money.

“First Grade designer pant sells from N800 per pant, while bra costs N1,300 and above but it is only those that know the worth that go for them,” he said. (NAN)

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