Entrepreneurship in Africa

A Historical Approach

Edited by Moses E. Ochonu

Contributions by Ralph Callebert, Chambi Chachage, Gloria Chuku, Gloria Emeagwali, Michael Gennaro, Kwasi Konadu, Isidore Lobnibe, Marta Musso, Mike Odugbo Odey, Lynn Schler, Martin Shanguhyia and Uyilawa Usuanlele

Published by: Indiana University Press

340 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 2 maps

  • Paperback
  • 9780253034380
  • Published: February 2018


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253032607
  • Published: February 2018


  • eBook
  • 9780253032621
  • Published: February 2018


A tapestry of innovation, ideas, and commerce, Africa and its entrepreneurial hubs are deeply connected to those of the past. Moses E. Ochonu and an international group of contributors explores the lived experiences of African innovators who have created value for themselves and their communities. Profiles of vendors, farmers, craftspeople, healers, spiritual consultants, warriors, musicians, technological innovators, political mobilizers, and laborers featured in this volume show African models of entrepreneurship in action. As a whole, the essays consider the history of entrepreneurship in Africa, illustrating its multiple origins and showing how it differs from the Western capitalist experience. As they establish historical patterns of business creativity, these explorations open new avenues for understanding indigenous enterprise and homegrown commerce and their relationship to social, economic, and political debates in Africa today.