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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