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This Benin car importer, who sells mostly to Nigeria, has sold only one car in three months and wants to quit the business. (Geoffrey York)
This Benin car importer, who sells mostly to Nigeria, has sold only one car in three months and wants to quit the business. (Geoffrey York)

In Benin, Nigeria's economic woes hit home Add to ...

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Another day is drawing to a close, and Fadele Olatoundji still hasn’t sold any car batteries today. He’s been selling batteries for most of his life, and his father sold batteries before him, but he has never seen business so bad.

“There’s no money to pay our rent,” he says, sitting idly in his dingy street stall. Shelves of car batteries are propped in front of him, but the streets are empty of customers.

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