The country's pits have fallen into disrepair and many of them are clogged with refuse and stones.
In Nigeria, they've been using the Kofar Mata Dye Pits since the 15th century. Over the years the Pit has produced dyed material popular with tourists.
However, business at the pit may be dying as it is no longer as profitable as it used to be.
TRT World's Wendy Agbo reports.