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Seminar: Chinwe Christopher Obuaku-Igwe — Wednesday 12 March 2019

Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series 2019


        Economic growth in Nigeria:

Revisiting the decision not to join the AFCFTA

By Chinwe Christopher Obuaku-Igwe


Wednesday 13 March 2019

Department of Anthropology and Sociology UWC


Anthropology lab




This paper forms part of a wider effort at engaging the issues of economic growth and development within the context of the benefits of trade liberalization. The paper focuses on Nigeria’s unwillingness to sign the AFCFTA despite growing evidence of positive relationship between economic growth and trade liberalization.  Specifically, this paper explores and suggests how the CFTA could improve the efficiency and competitiveness of Nigeria’s economic sector. A narrative account of the realities of food insecurity, wastage, and underdevelopment in the agricultural sector offers poignant insight into prospects that could be unlocked across sectors. The paper offers a behind the scene exposure of an economy in dire need of expertise in the agricultural sector, beyond the propaganda of trade unions and organized private sector.



Chinwe Obuaku-Igwe is a result oriented researcher and currently lectures in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of the Western Cape. Chinwe holds a Masters in Development Studies and a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology, both from the University of the Western Cape.  A health systems researcher, her scholarship is focused on African health and Development. Her latest book project is titled “New Perspectives on Essential Medicines.”

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