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Title:Exploring the Link between Customary Inheritance Practice and the Discontinuity of Small Indigenous Enterprises in Nigeria
Author:Sam, Monibo A.
Year:1998
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Volume:32
Issue:2
Pages:349-377
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:small enterprises
customary law
family law
Economics and Trade
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Development and Technology
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/486153
Abstract:This article explores the link between customary inheritance and the closure of small indigenous businesses in Nigeria. The author advances the notion that the principles and practices undergirding customary inheritance in Nigeria constitute inappropriate mechanisms for intergenerational transfer of ownership. Focusing on land inheritance, the author examines typologies of property inheritance, as well as the attributes of the customary system of inheritance. He illustrates his argument with three case studies: Sekibo Printing Company, established in Lagos in 1950 and closed down in 1973; Adamu & Sons Ltd., general merchants and contractors,founded in Port Harcourt in 1979 and dissolved soon after Adamu's death in 1984; and Mbiere Engineering Company Ltd., registered in Rivers State in 1970 and suffering from fights between the founder's sons after his death in 1983. In all three cases, the dynamics of group inheritance forced the otherwise viable businesses to close. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French.
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