n African Journal of Business and Economic Research - Business and social profiles of female immigrant entrepreneurs in Nigeria

Volume 4, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 1750-4554
  • E-ISSN: 1750-4562


Immigrant entrepreneurs in Nigeria share many characteristics with their counterparts in other nations, ranging primarily from the self-employed sole trader with no employees to those employing a relatively small or medium-sized organised workforce. Although the history of Nigeria after 1966 is ripe with political turmoil, frequent military coups that increased ethnic tension and violence and resulted in the bloodbath of a civil war, Nigeria is today a powerful West African nation dominating its region both economically and militarily. It is no wonder that in the past few years, Nigeria has become a favorite destination of immigrant entrepreneurs from neighbouring countries. There has been an increasing interest in female immigrant entrepreneurship in Africa where women play an increasingly important role in entrepreneurial activity. The primary hurdle for female immigrants is acquiring resources, particularly finance, for their new venture. Today, only a small percentage of female immigrants in Nigeria, compared to male immigrants, succeed in raising start-up capital for a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME). As such, researchers at lmo State University processed and analyzed data collected from surveys in order to delve deeper into the nature of female immigrant entrepreneurship in Nigeria.

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