The Igbo Apprenticeship system is an economic model practiced widely by the Igbos.
It is the largest business incubator platform in the world.

It is an extension of the entrepreneurial spirit where an induction strategy is utilised to induct mostly young men into entrepreneurial Image
ventures by established entrepreneurs locally referred to as Oga (master).

Igbos are known for their business acumen which can be seen in markets scattered all over the country from Onitsha to Nnewi to Aba to Alaba International Market to Sabon Gari to jos etc.

An apprentice
(which could be a male family member or a community member usually in their teens to their adulthood) spends a considerable amount of time with his master, serves for specific years, learns the trade of his master in the process of serving, and after serving, the master settles
the apprentice by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to start up his own business.
That way, the apprentice has a good knowledge of the business and also the resources to go about his own business.

The Ogas (masters) are former apprentices
that had served and were handed resources to begin their own enterprises.

This system became more prominent in Igboland after the civil war. In a bid to rebuild after being left with only £20 after the war regardless of how much each individual had in the bank before the war
with the Nigerian government withholding the rest of their money, the Igbos had to rebuild and the Igbo Apprenticeship system played a significant role in the rebuild.

After the allotted time for the training which is is usually between 5-7 years, a little graduation ceremony
would be held for the Nwa Boy (the apprentice). He would also be paid a lump sum for their services over the years, and the money will be used to start a business for him.

Many successful Igbo business men today, were a product of the Igbo apprenticeship system e.g Innoson
The Igbo apprenticeship program has produced more millionaires per capita than Harvard business school.

📷: Onicha Market (Pulse Nigeria)

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