Kaduna come down: Intricacies of informal entrepreneurs along the Cameroon/Nigeria border

On 30 September 2010, Mr Sandile Zeka (AISA Research Specialist) presented a paper based on his fieldwork findings on informal trading networks that have become a central feature of trading on the African Continent. Whatever efforts made to advance congenial explanations for the existence of these entrepreneurships it is clear that the integrity and potential of the African populace continues to be undermined. The study was conducted on the border between South-Western Cameroon and Nigeria as an indictment on these entrepreneurships. These findings eloquently indicate that contrary to widespread claims that informal trading networks are the pivots of socio-economic development in the continent, with the assumption that they are the hallmarks of continental integration from below, these entrepreneurs seem to be nothing more than self-serving bigots who are bent to inadvertently subject the African community to prolonged ‘slavery’ in the global economic arena.

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