Friday, April 17, 2009

Used book market

There's a thriving used book market on Lagos Island, at CMS Bus stop close to Broad Street. Been there for many years, at least the man in the shot, Christian, has been trading there for almost 15 years.

I once bought a copy of George Orwell's 1984 from him. It came in handy as I was writing about Nigeria's version of Big Brother back in 2006.

There's threat to their continued stay there though with the recent efforts of the Lagos government to remove all selling and trading activities that have given a bad image to the city over the years.

So the book sellers have had to retreat into a built up motor park where city dwellers hardly get to see them because Lagosians are always in a hurry.

Ironically, newspaper vendors are still allowed to trade along the street. Which is better, newspapers or books?

I still have my 1984 from 2006 but cannot locate the papers I bought on Sunday!


koala said...

I miss that in my city. Out of all cities in my country it's the only one without street used book sellers.
Book vendors make part of the city climate like in Paris.

The Bookaholic said...

It is interesting to read this...I have bought a couple of my best books from that spot at CMS...nice blog too and thank you for stopping by.

See you online soon!