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1 Entrepreneurship Development: Challenges and Prospects for Nigerias Emerging Economy John Aderibigbe

2 Introduction Entrepreneurship is the willingness and ability of an individual to seek out investment opportunities, establish and run an enterprise successfully (Inegbehebor, 1987). The entrepreneur is essentially a person who owns or controls a business through which income is gained. National Directorate of Employment (NDE) (1989) in Onyebueke and Ochonogo (2002) defined entrepreneurship as the art which involves recognizing a business opportunity, mobilizing resources and persisting to exploit that opportunity. The entrepreneur takes risks, is focused and energized by an inner drive. The ability to develop a new venture or apply a new approach to an old business is sole idea of entrepreneurship.

3 An Entrepreneur According to Anayakoha (2006), the entrepreneur is one who chooses or assumes risks, identifies business opportunity, gathers resources, initiates actions and establishes an organization or enterprise to meet such demand or market opportunity. From this definition, the entrepreneur is seen as an independent, self-sufficient individual who is willing to sink or swim with his/her idea. It can thus be asserted that an entrepreneur is a person who in the bid to survive makes profit and owns his/her own business. He/she effectively utilizes his/her abilities and potentials confidently.

4 Difference between Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Objectives & ViewsSmall Business OwnerEntrepreneur 1. Primary MotivationTo Make a LivingTo Make a Change and Impact 2. Financial Status Yet to achieve financial freedomHas achieved financial freedom 3. Career ObjectiveSelf-EmploymentFinancial Freedom 4.Creativity TraditionalInnovative and revolutionary 5. Business StrategyCreating More SalesProviding Value 6. View of AssetsReal Estate and InventoryEmployees & Customers 7. Risk Taking ProfileStabilityTakes Risks 8. Employee Compensation Market Rate or BelowWill Pay for Top Talent 9. Work EnvironmentExtension of Owners HomeFast Paced and Growth Focused 10. Investment ProfileMain Investor/Owner of CompanyInvestor/Involvement in Different Businesses 11. Daily ActionsDay to Day ManagerStrategy, Growth and Collaboration 12. Work StyleLong-Term and Enjoys Repetitive Tasks Short-Term and a Serial Innovator/Inventor 13. Focus Focuses on competitionFocuses on cooperation

5 Poverty and Unemployment Trends in Nigeria As normal economic agents, the manufacturing firms started to reduce their workforce. In the public sector, embargo was placed on employment. More importantly with the simultaneous rapid expansion in the educational sector, new entrants into the labour market increased beyond the absorptive capacity of the economy (Central Bank of Nigeria, 2003). These developments have eventually worsened the unemployment situation in the country.

6 Role Entrepreneurs in Solving Poverty and Unemployment The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, a research program aimed at assessing the national level of entrepreneurial activity in selected countries, conducted an entrepreneurship and economic growth study on 48 countries in According to the study, the economic growth of a country is directly and highly correlated to the level of entrepreneurial activity in industrialized countries.

7 Role Entrepreneurs in Solving Poverty and Unemployment Issues in Nigeria Entrepreneurs will solve the problem by: Creating jobs for self and others- direct and indirect Producing product of economic value Contributing to the GDP Contributing to the export market and foreign earnings of the country

8 Challenges of Entrepreneurs in Nigeria Lack of entrepreneurial and technical competencies High interest rates Dearth of credit facilities Poor infrastructural facilities Policy summersaults Harsh and competitive business environment Business climate that promotes mediocrity rather than meritocracy High level corruption


10 Levels of Interest Rates between 1990 and 2002 Year Interest Rate Exchange Rate (Prime %) N/US$(+) Source: Federal Office of Statistics (FOS) & Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

11 Corruption Perception Index Country Ranking New Zealand 1 Denmark 2 Singapore 3 Israel 32 South Africa 55 Malaysia 56 Tunisia 65 Brazil 75 Malawi 89 Liberia 97 Gabon 106 Algeria 111 Egypt 111 Nigeria 130 Cameroun 146 Myanmar 178 Afghanistan 179 Somalia 180 Source: Transparency International Corruption Index Report, 2009

12 Entrepreneurial Empowerment Promoting entrepreneurship among Nigerian youths to tackle problems of poverty and unemployment is not an easy task. These problems therefore will demand that the youths be empowered with creative problem-solving skills. The training of educated individuals who can function effectively in the society for the betterment of self and the society will require special attention as the system will be deliberately set to concern itself with the development of sound human capital required for national development (Ocho, 2005).

13 Entrepreneurial Empowerment Entrepreneurship education will enable potential entrepreneurs and create avenues for people to: manage innovations; manage entrepreneurial process; and develop their potentials as managers of creativity in given fields. It provides practical applications for students. Training in entrepreneurship has been used by nations like Germany to set up unique engineering- oriented business programmes in the university where their potential engineers are encouraged to seek out ideas and subsequently develop the promising ones from invention phase to commercialization.

14 Entrepreneurial Empowerment Practically speaking therefore, stakeholders must do the following: 1. ensure that schools deliberately provide sector specific skills needed for the development of human capital, use professional and entrepreneurs as instructors and mentors. 2. teach entrepreneurship and creativity at an early age. 3. organize for curricular integration of education, entrepreneurship and community development

15 Business vs Entrepreneurial Empowerment What we had in the past had been more of business empowerment in which people learn a particular business and later start. It has provided limited potential for growth Entrepreneurial empowerment would involve a total mindset change as well as the development of the right attitude and skills for development.

16 Constraint of Entrepreneurship Education in Nigeria There are several factors that hinder entrepreneurship education in Nigeria. they include: poor knowledge based economy and low spirit of competition poor enterprising culture Dearth of competent entrepreneurship teachers, materials and equipment. unavailability of fund non-inclusion of entrepreneurship programme in the school curricula poor societal attitude to Technical and Vocational Education development inadequate facilities and equipment for teaching and learning insensitivity of government to enterprise creation and expansion strategy poor plan and execution of processes of action Isolated pockets of ineffective programmes and management incompetency (Oviawe and Ekhovbiye, 2008).

17 Student Entrepreneur Google The quintessential account of innovators turned entrepreneurs are Larry Page and Sergey Brin of who founded Google while they were students at Stanford University. Brin is the son of Russian immigrants of modest means. They are both still students on the doctoral program at Stanford from which they are on sabbatical. The company was incorporated as Google Inc. on 4 September 1998 at a friend's garage in California with start- up capital of approximately $1.1 million. IN a very short time, the Google search engine attracted a loyal following among a growing number of Internet users, who liked its simple design and useful results. As of March 31, 2009, the company has 19,786 full-time employees with assets totaling over $31billion.

18 Fostering Entrepreneurship A typical line of inquiry could analyze the decisions of individuals to become either wage-earners or self- employed or focus primarily on personal factors, such as psychological traits, formal education and other skills, financial assets, family background and previous work experience that may influence or affect entrepreneurs. An analysis of entrepreneurship at the firm level would focus on market-specific determinants of entrepreneurship, such as profit opportunities and opportunities for entry and exit. The macro perspective focuses on a range of environmental factors, such as technological, economic and cultural variables as well as government regulation.

19 Fostering Entrepreneurship Level of involvement ConditionCrucial elementImpact Individual Psychological Attitude/ skills Wealth/ self actualization Firm Business cultureStartups Firm Performance Macro governance Enabling environment/ ease of doing business Economic growth

20 Responsibilities in Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit Individuals should develop the right mindsets, attitudes and skills required for wealth creation and self actualization Firms especially financial institutions should provide the right financial framework that would create easy access to startup credits. Government should provide enabling environment that makes doing business easier- tax holidays, export support, incubation centres, credit guarantees etc

21 Prospects for Entrepreneurship in Nigeria Entrepreneurs can tap into opportunities in: – Policy support from various levels of government like the creation of the Entrepreneurship Development Centre – The crisis and under utilized sectors of the economy like energy, export etc – Changing trends- cash to cashlite economy – Under utilised resources- Labour intensive economy – Changing technology in every sector of the economy – Renewable energy

22 Conclusion "I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Dont sit down and wait for opportunities to come. Get up and make them". Madam C.J. Walker (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) an African- American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

23 Thank You.

24 References Oviawe, Jane Itohan (2010); Repositioning Nigerian Youths for Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship Education. Department of Vocational and Technical Education Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria Oteh, Arunma (2009). The Role of Entrepreneurship in Transforming the Nigerian Economy. Seventh Convocation Lecture Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State Anyakoha, E.U. (2006). Practical tips for economic empowerment and survival. Nsukka: AP Express. DiaBelen, A., Oni, B., & Adekola, A. (2000). Labour market prospects for university graduates in Nigeria. Washington D.C.: World Bank. Diejomal, U. & Orimolade, W. (1991). Unemployment in Nigeria: Economic analysis of scope, trends and policy issues. Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Sciences 13 (2), 127 – 132. Eno-Obong, H. (2006). Challenges of entrepreneurship in home economics and enhancement strategies. Journal of Home Economics Research (7),

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