Africa, Let Us Look Inwards – We’ve Got Winning Economic Frameworks

Africa, Let Us Look Inwards – We’ve Got Winning Economic Frameworks

My piece on the Igbo Apprenticeship System will be published in the Harvard Business Review this month. Oxford University has also reached out that it is looking to do research in this domain. Last month, I spoke with BBC and the Central China TV on the mechanics of IAS. This is the deal: Nigeria has to explore updating our secondary school economics textbooks with some of Africa’s economic frameworks. 

Last month, I spoke before eminent scholars from northern Nigeria. I passed one message: rebuilding the Northeast, post Boko Haram, must not be driven by the constructs postulated by IMF and World Bank. I told them to send experts to rural communities in the Southeast on how, and what they did, to rebuild after the civil war. I provided data to show that whatever they did has worked – and Nigeria can deploy that framework anywhere in the nation.

The Igalas have their playbooks. Yoruba people have. Igbos have. Hausas have….it is time for Nigeria and Africa to look inwards. I am very happy for my small contribution to deepen this conversation on the Igbo Apprenticeship System. Now, the real experts (I mean economists) must improve and deepen the system, and hopefully fintech will invest based on that mechanics. Simply, if you finish from the apprenticeship, we will invest in that new venture, as your master seeds your business.

Africa, let us look inwards. We have got lessons to help us. Yes, as that happens, our economists must spend more time,  and find how we can integrate these frameworks: get the best from Igalas, Hausas, Igbos, etc and combine them to improve our national operating models.

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2 thoughts on “Africa, Let Us Look Inwards – We’ve Got Winning Economic Frameworks

  1. Awopetu Emmanuel · Edit

    Yes, Nigeria is rich in knowledge, and all that is needed of us is to look inward- the blessing always lies in the deep!

    Sorry to take you to the holy book, I think my children church teacher did a good job, After the soon to become disciple( peter and co) had toil and cut nothing, they had intention to go home. On their way home , they met the good master (Jesus- here Ndubuisi), and he said let good back into the sea, there is something for you there. Behold, there was a lot! They caught fishes in excess and became member of the Great Apostles.

    The lesson here is there is value in this crisis, all we need to do is look deeply inward. My mom( Yoruba) is a tailor, she had apprentice come learn. The Hausa’s pick young kids and put them in dangerous terrain yet they thrive- Imagine a young boy been a trailer boy, leading big cow with no fear- Awesome!

    There is value here, we don’t need too many gyration, what you are looking for in Sokoto (place) is in your Sokoto (pocket- translated from yoruba)

    All that is needed for Nigeria is in Nigeria.

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  2. Awopetu Emmanuel · Edit

    Yes, Nigeria is rich in knowledge, and all that is needed of us is to look inward- the blessing always lies in the deep!

    Sorry to take you to the Holy book, I think my children’s church teacher did a good job, After the soon to become disciples ( Peter and Co.) toiled and caught nothing, they had the intention to home, which is a sane decision. On their way home, they met the Good master (Jesus- here Ndubuisi), and he said lets go back into the sea, there is something for you there. Behold, there was a lot! They caught fishes in excess and became members of the Great Apostles.

    The lesson here is, there is value in this crisis, all we need to do is to look deeply inward. My mom (Yoruba) is a tailor, she had apprentice come learn. The Hausa’s pick young kids and put them in dangerous terrain, with good intention, yet they thrive- imagine young boys begin trailer boys giving valuable assistance, others leading big cow with no fear- Awesome!

    There is value and huge wealth here, we don’t need too many gyrations, what you are looking for in Sokoto (place) is in your Sokoto (pocket- translated from Yoruba)

    All that is needed for Nigeria is in Nigeria. God bless Nigeria.

    Good evening.

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