BBC Hausa’s Usman Minjibir caught up with a 21-year-old shoe shiner in Abuja named Idris, who informed him that he had been in the shoeshine business in Nigeria for three years now.
He roams around a suburb of the capital, Abuja, in search of customers, offering to repair or polish shoes.
Idris has not had any formal education, but he does not regret this.
According to the BBC report, Idris says he earns about $5 a day, and adds that his monthly income is higher than of some civil servants who start off with a salary of between $125 and $190.
Idris’s dream is to own a big shoe-making factory, but for now he remains a shoe shiner on the streets of Abuja.