Wage-earning employment was non-existent in Nigeria before the advent of the white man and the British administration. The average Nigerian engaged in subsistence agriculture or some cottage industry like weaving, pottery or carving. The first wage earners in Nigeria were probably the porters and servants of the explorers who came to West Africa.

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Fapohunda, O. (1977). Employment and Unemployment in Lagos (No. 60). ISS Occasional Papers. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/37840