An assessment of entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurship capacity development in a developing economy: a perspective of a Nigerian University

  • Catherine Abiola O. Akinbami Institute for Entrepreneurship and Development Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife 220005 Nigeria
Keywords: Entrepreneurship education, Entrepreneurship capacity, Curriculum, Self-employment,


The importance of the entrepreneurship educational curriculum and its teaching approach to enterprise skills development in Nigeria was examined in this study. Also examined was the relevance and adequacy of entrepreneurship education (EE) taught in tertiary institutions to the entrepreneurship capacity (EC) development of students in the country. A Matrix table, representing phases of the entrepreneurship process (EP) against the factors of entrepreneurship capacity (EC) was developed. The matrix reveals that an effective and result-oriented entrepreneurial process will entail the combination of the four entrepreneurship capacity elements. The study identified learning perspective as the appropriate teaching approach to achieve the objectives of EE syllabus in Nigeria and a major instrument that could lead to greater level of entrepreneurship capacity being developed in the students of EE. The study therefore recommends that the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) should review the national tertiary educational and related policies to reflect the dynamics in today’s world of globalized economy.

Author Biography

Catherine Abiola O. Akinbami, Institute for Entrepreneurship and Development Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife 220005 Nigeria
Lecturer and Management Consultant, Institute for Entrepreneurship and Development Studies


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Akinbami, C. (2015). An assessment of entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurship capacity development in a developing economy: a perspective of a Nigerian University. KCA Journal of Business Management, 7(1), 31-57. Retrieved from
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