The Socio-economic Impact of Trading in used Household Items (Aganmu/Basiri) at Baboko Market, Ilorin, 1980-2018

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Al-Hikmah Journal of History and International Relations


As social animal, human beings always find a way out of their economic and financial problems. The sociality of a man can further be examined in terms of societal classification where there are the haves and have-nots, the rich and the poor/needy as well as the educated and the illiterates among others. The class of every individuals in the society determines his tastes as well as what he purchases in the market, i.e. the quality in terms of either new or fairly used products. The class distinction in a society which is recognized by religion and culture, is however, account for the reason why a person in financial needs at times sells some of his properties in order to get money. Therefore, the desire to consume and enjoy a variety of goods and services within people’s income was a prime factor behind the establishment of trade in used items. This paper using largely oral source and available written data, attempts to flaunt the uniqueness of trading in used household items at a section of Baboko market Ilorin in Kwara State, Nigeria. It identified the articles of trade and the medium of buying and selling. It also traces the origin of the trade in Ilorin and its impact on the people of the local community in Ilorin and Kwara State as a whole. The paper concludes that trade in used household items at Baboko market has enhance inter-group relations, and also contributed to the economic development of Ilorin community, Kwara State and the entire nation.



Household used, Trade, Baboko, Market, Ilorin