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Indigenous Financial Practices of Igbo Micro-entrepreneurs in Lagos

Indigenous African Enterprise

ISBN: 978-1-83909-034-9, eISBN: 978-1-83909-033-2

Publication date: 14 December 2020


The Igbo people of south-eastern Nigeria are generally acknowledged as traders and astute entrepreneurs. Extant literature has investigated the various indigenous practices of Igbo entrepreneurs that ensure business success. Despite these efforts, knowledge of their financial practices has been limited. This chapter provides insights on the financial practices that are common amongst Igbo micro-entrepreneurs and the immense benefits of the practices. To unravel these practices, in-depth interviews were conducted with 15 micro-entrepreneurs involved in supermarket, spare parts and food items businesses in Lagos, Nigeria. Using a grounded theory approach, four significant financial practices such as rotating financial contribution, deferred financial arrangements, financial settlement practice and financial prudence common among the Igbo micro-entrepreneurs were identified. Based on the findings, relevant recommendations were made for financial educators and the management of modern financial institutions to adapt and incorporate some of these indigenous financial practices in teaching curricula and financial product designs.



Adeola, O., Uzo, U. and Adewusi, A. (2020), "Indigenous Financial Practices of Igbo Micro-entrepreneurs in Lagos", Adeola, O. (Ed.) Indigenous African Enterprise (Advanced Series in Management, Vol. 26), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 143-159.



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