Begging is nothing unusual in Nigeria and you most definitely have run into beggars at some point if you live here. I grew up in a city where it is very normal to walk past at least three beggars on your way to school or work. If it isn't a roadside beggar, it is a mad man. You'd be lucky if it isn't an aggressive mad man or one who wants to touch you.
Then there are the corporate beggars, they're literally on their 9-5 and probably make more money than you do. They always have one believable story or the other to sell to you just to get your coins. There are also the motor park beggars in the form of pastors. They begin with a sermon just before the taxi or bus loads and they round off begging for alms.
This video is a brief story of my experiences with beggars in the cities I've lived in and what I think about them. It is in no way shading them for their situation and I hope you can help out whenever you're led to.
As for the deceitful ones, I hope you can shine your eye and not let anyone gbogbo you.
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