African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 185

Article in Press

IGBO- MIGRANT COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE IN KATSINA METROPOLIS AND KATSINAWA REACTIONS TO THEIR EXPLOITATION, 1929 – 2011

Samuel Wycliff

  •  Received: 07 June 2018
  •  Accepted: 07 June 2018
This study examines Igbo- migrant community enterprise in Katsina metropolis and Katsinawa (Katsina indigenes) reactions to their exploitation, 1929 – 2011. Historically, Igbo are one of the largest ethnic group in Nigeria, who had achieved a high level of economic integration in the colonial and post-colonial period. In this study, an attempt was made to identify the factors responsible for the success of Igbo-migrant community in Katsina metropolis, and the reaction of Katsinawa toward the Igbo success, control and exploitation of quite a number of business. The paper revealed that Igbo saw business enterprise as a means of exploiting opportunities, coupled with their high sense of discipline in apprenticeship, investment, customer relations, patience, and tenacity. It is no doubt that Igbo enterprise play vital roles in the growth of the Nigerian economy and that the Igbo entrepreneurial activities are the panacea for the success of their business. The study, therefore recommended that Katsinawa, Nigerians and the people of other developing countries of the world should emulate the Igbo entrepreneurship culture for economic development purpose. Finally, the study is part of the outcome of intensive fieldwork and interviews carried out by the author between 2014 and 2016 in the course of writing a master thesis on ‘A History of Igbo-Migrant Community in Katsina Metropolis, 1903 – 2011’.

Keywords: Igbo, Enterprise, Katsina, Migration, Colonialism, Reaction