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Santa hats, beards and tinsel: Christmas trade on African streets

Updated : 2018-12-25 07:47:15

Street vendor, Nike Mawa, 20, dressed as Santa Claus, sells Christmas items in Adjame neighbourhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast December 18, 2018. Picture taken December 18, 2018. (REUTERS/Luc Gnago)
Street vendor, Nike Mawa, 20, dressed as Santa Claus, sells Christmas items in Adjame neighbourhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast December 18, 2018. Picture taken December 18, 2018. (REUTERS/Luc Gnago)
Street vendor, Anthony Nwopoke, 32, sells Christmas items along a street in Lagos, Nigeria December 13, 2018. Picture taken December 13, 2018. (REUTERS/Nyancho NwaNri)
Street vendor, Anthony Nwopoke, 32, sells Christmas items along a street in Lagos, Nigeria December 13, 2018. Picture taken December 13, 2018. (REUTERS/Nyancho NwaNri)
Marcelin Sie, 18, wearing a Santa Claus hat, sells children's bicycles along a street in Koumassi, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, December 19, 2018. Picture taken December 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon)
Marcelin Sie, 18, wearing a Santa Claus hat, sells children's bicycles along a street in Koumassi, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, December 19, 2018. Picture taken December 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon)
Street vendor, Fatim Kone, 25, wears Santa Claus' hat while selling Christmas items in Williamsville area of Abidjan, Ivory Coast December 18, 2018. Picture taken December 18, 2018. (REUTERS/Luc Gnago)
Street vendor, Fatim Kone, 25, wears Santa Claus' hat while selling Christmas items in Williamsville area of Abidjan, Ivory Coast December 18, 2018. Picture taken December 18, 2018. (REUTERS/Luc Gnago)
Street vendor, Eko Onyewuchi, 35, sells Christmas items displayed on a car in Abuja, Nigeria December 16, 2018. Picture taken December 16, 2018. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)
Street vendor, Eko Onyewuchi, 35, sells Christmas items displayed on a car in Abuja, Nigeria December 16, 2018. Picture taken December 16, 2018. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)
A Santa Claus mask is seen as Joseph Muli, a street vendor, prepares his Christmas merchandise before hawking to motorists in Ngara district near the Globe cinema roundabout of Nairobi, Kenya December 19, 2018. Picture taken December 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)
A Santa Claus mask is seen as Joseph Muli, a street vendor, prepares his Christmas merchandise before hawking to motorists in Ngara district near the Globe cinema roundabout of Nairobi, Kenya December 19, 2018. Picture taken December 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)
Street vendor, Kone Aicha, 27, wearing Santa Claus hat and beard sells Christmas items in Adjame neighbourhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast December 18, 2018. Picture taken December 18, 2018. (REUTERS/Luc Gnago)
Street vendor, Kone Aicha, 27, wearing Santa Claus hat and beard sells Christmas items in Adjame neighbourhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast December 18, 2018. Picture taken December 18, 2018. (REUTERS/Luc Gnago)
Joseph Muli, a street vendor, peddles Christmas merchandise to motorists in Ngara district near the Globe cinema roundabout of Nairobi, Kenya December 18, 2018. Picture taken December 18, 2018. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)
Joseph Muli, a street vendor, peddles Christmas merchandise to motorists in Ngara district near the Globe cinema roundabout of Nairobi, Kenya December 18, 2018. Picture taken December 18, 2018. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)
Marcelin Sie, 18, wearing a Santa Claus hat, sells children's bicycles along a street in Koumassi, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, December 19, 2018. Picture taken December 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon)
Marcelin Sie, 18, wearing a Santa Claus hat, sells children's bicycles along a street in Koumassi, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, December 19, 2018. Picture taken December 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon)
Joseph Muli, a street vendor, wears a plastic Santa Claus mask as he peddles Christmas merchandise to motorists in Ngara district near the Globe cinema roundabout of Nairobi, Kenya December 19, 2018. Picture taken December 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)
Joseph Muli, a street vendor, wears a plastic Santa Claus mask as he peddles Christmas merchandise to motorists in Ngara district near the Globe cinema roundabout of Nairobi, Kenya December 19, 2018. Picture taken December 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)
Patrick Ngatia, a street merchant, peddles Christmas commodities to motorists along Kipande road near the central business district of Nairobi, Kenya December 19, 2018. Picture taken December 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi)
Patrick Ngatia, a street merchant, peddles Christmas commodities to motorists along Kipande road near the central business district of Nairobi, Kenya December 19, 2018. Picture taken December 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi)
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