The Igbo Apprenticeship System (Igba Boyi): A Keystone of Entrepreneurship and Socio-Economic Development in Nigeria

  • Christian Osita
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  • GODSON, Christian Osita

    Department of Business Administration, Christopher University, Mowe, Nigeria

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The Igbo apprenticeship system has historically played a pivotal role in the lives of the Igbo people and has continued to significantly impact Nigeria, particularly in the aftermath of the war and into the present day. This system, characterized by the fusion of traditional values with contemporary business practices, has played a pivotal role in facilitating skills acquisition, wealth generation, and community empowerment. As Nigeria grapples with complex economic challenges, the Igbo apprenticeship system stands as a compelling exemplar of the potential for indigenous knowledge and practices to underpin sustainable progress. The Narrative-Textual Case Study (NTCS) approach and Development Economics (Lewis1984) theoretical framework were employed to delve into the intricacies of the Igbo apprenticeship system. This work delves into an exploration of the multifaceted impact of the Igbo apprenticeship system, shedding light on its significance as a model for harnessing cultural heritage to propel socio-economic growth with recommendations on how to promote and sustain the system. This research recommends judicial intervention in apprentice settlements to address unforeseen Master-Servant disputes and enhance entrepreneurial skills, while enhancing educational institutions' pedagogical approach to foster an entrepreneurial mindset among young people.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 3, Page 1619 - 1637


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