My Money Disappears In My Hands, Shoemaker Cries Out
Shehu Habibu left Nigeria's troubled northeast in the heat of the Boko Haram attacks as he searched for safety.
He moved to Lagos and was embraced by its warm and upbeat vibe.
He feels physically safe but wonders how safe is his hard-earned money?
With little or no prior knowledge about what he now does - polishing and fixing people’s shoes – he found he could earn a living.
He told Bounce News that every morning he sits by the road that connects Awolowo Way in Ikeja and another road that leads to the airport, waiting for passers-by to shine their shoes.
His location is apt but there is competition, as other teenagers like him sit at the same location in long line waiting for limited customers.
Each day Shehu sits there, he makes a minimum of 1,400 Naira and he said he feeds with 350 Naira every day.
He says he eats for strength and sanity not for the nutritional value.
He sounded lucky when he said he had no business paying rent, as he sleeps somewhere in front of people's shops after they close.
His closest companion is the big beautiful sky which he stares at all night long.