Entrepreneurship in Africa

Historically, entrepreneurs have always played a central role in the development of nation states. Aside from rentier states, which depend extensively on the availability of mineral resource rents, most economically prosperous nations in the world have strong, innovative and competitive business enterprises and entrepreneurs as the bedrock of their economic development and prosperity. It was arguably because of the above historical fact that the World Bank in 1989 declared that entrepreneurs will play a central role in transforming African economies. Chapters in this book contribute to our understanding of the theory, structure and practice of entrepreneurship in diverse African countries. Case studies examined include: African multinational banks and businesses, female entrepreneurs, culture and entrepreneurship, finance and entrepreneurship and SMEs.

In addition to the editors - Akinyinka Akinyoade, Ton Dietz and Chibuike Uche - ASCL researcher André Leliveld contributed to this book. Other contributors are Kenneth Amaeshi, Crescence Marie France Okah Atenga, Françoise Okah Efogo, Emiel L. Eijdenberg, Abel Ezeoha, Yagoub Ali Gangi, Miguel Heilbron, Uwafiokun Idemudia, Nsubili Isaga, Afam Ituma, Jane N. O. Khayesi, Rebecca I. Kiconco, Jerry Kolo, Peter Knorringa, Addisu Lashitew, Marta Lindvert, Nnamdi Madichie, Hesham E. Mohamed, Knowledge C. Mpofu, Albogast Kilangi Musabila, Ayodeji Olukoju, Eunice Abam Quaye, Miriam Siun, Arthur Sserwanga, Rob van Tulder and Jaap Voeten.

This book has been published in the African Dynamics Series, Volume 15, Brill Publishers. African Dynamics is an annual publication of the African Studies Centre Leiden. Each year, a different theme is discussed from various perspectives by scholars from all over the world. 

Author(s) / editor(s)

Akinyinka Akinyoade, Ton Dietz, Chibuike Uche

About the author(s) / editor(s)

Akinyinka Akinyoade is a senior researcher at the African Studies Centre Leiden.

Ton Dietz is the former director and a retired senior researcher at the African Studies Centre Leiden.

Chibuike Uche is the chairholder of the Stephen Ellis Chair for the Governance of Finance and Integrity in Africa.

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How to order

Order this book with Brill publishers. € 62,- (print, ISBN: 9789004349773) or € 56,- (E-book, E-ISBN: 9789004351615).