The Role And Contribution Of Migrants Interactions To Indigenous Technology And Value Chain Development Among Selected Small And Medium Scale Entrepreneurs In Southern Nigeria

Authors

  • Adediran Daniel IKUOMOLA Department of Sociology, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, P.M.B. 001; Ondo State, Nigeria.
  • Rashidi Akanji OKUNOLA Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • Dr Chiedu Akporaro ABRIFOR Department of Criminology and Security Studies, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria.
  • Dr. Abimbola Adebimpe Allen Department of Geography and Planning Sciences, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Keywords:

markets opportunities entrepreneurship, pollinated innovations, indigenous knowledge, Diaspora needs

Abstract

Research on local technology and innovation in Nigeria has largely focused on the role and contribution of government to national development. In contrast, this article explores the way in which migrants (returnees from Europe, America, and Asia and their family members) serve as potential sources of knowledge and innovative ideas towards new and improved development on local technology. This article investigates the continuous interactions, cross-pollination of ideas, and exposure to the needs and demands of Nigerian Diaspora. Based on the qualitative data collected, the study revealed entrepreneurs in the small and medium scale industries ingenuities were often dependent on the mingling and interaction with migrants (returnee and family members living overseas) in fabricating metal and allied products that are in high demands abroad. Narratives revealed that the demands and peculiarities of African cuisines, fashion, and healthcare needs are greatly informed by these interactions. It is recommended thus that small and medium scale entrepreneurs should build and capitalize on the social capital migrants provide through their interactions by way of requests and patronages of locally fabricated goods and simple technology available in the Nigerian markets.

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2020-08-30

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Adediran Daniel IKUOMOLA, Rashidi Akanji OKUNOLA, Chiedu Akporaro ABRIFOR, & Abimbola Adebimpe ALLEN. (2020). The Role And Contribution Of Migrants Interactions To Indigenous Technology And Value Chain Development Among Selected Small And Medium Scale Entrepreneurs In Southern Nigeria. SOCIALSCI JOURNAL, 7, 67-75. Retrieved from https://purkh.com/index.php/tosocial/article/view/899

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