chapter  2
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THE MULTIPLICITY OF TRADERS AND THE PRODUCTIVITY OF TRADE

The remarkable number of traders selling imported merchandise, frequently in very small quantities, is a conspicuous feature of the West African economies. A large number of intermediaries is also to be found in the handling of produce, though here they are not quite so numerous and conspicuous. It is often said by administrators that in the southern parts of Nigeria and the Gold Coast everybody is engaged in trade, and this is scarcely an exaggeration.