Original Research

Rural entrepreneurship and rural development in Nigeria

Francis O. Nwankwo, Chinwe S. Okeke
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 5, No 1 | a152 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v5i1.152 | © 2017 Francis O. Nwankwo, Chinwe S. Okeke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 January 2017 | Published: 28 July 2017

About the author(s)

Francis O. Nwankwo, Department of Cooperative Economics and Management, NnamdiAzikiwe University, Nigeria
Chinwe S. Okeke, School of Arts and Social Science, NwaforOrizu College of Education, Nigeria


Rural entrepreneurship can help develop rural areas through good management of the local resources. Within the framework of integrated rural development theory, this study attempts to determine the perceptions of rural entrepreneurs on the nature and role of entrepreneurship in rural economic development. The study adopted the survey and descriptive design. The researchers randomly selected 200 rural entrepreneurs from five towns in Oyi Local Government Area. The major source of data was primary data, though secondary data such as journals, textbooks and Internet materials were also consulted. A 24-item questionnaire of strongly agree, agree, disagree and strongly disagree was designed and administered. Findings showed that rural entrepreneurship can help increase output, create employment and reduce rural urban migration among other things. However, rural entrepreneurs are faced with certain challenges such as insufficient funds and lack of government support. Based on these findings, the researchers recommended that rural areas should be made attractive and government should create enabling environments for rural entrepreneurs through their policies and other assistance.


Entrepreneurs; Rural entrepreneurship; Perceptions; Likert scale; Development


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