Igbo Traders as a Missionary Tool in South Western Nigeria

Igbo Traders as a Missionary Tool in South Western Nigeria

ABSTRACT

Igbo traders as a missionary tool to south western Nigeria is the core issue of this research work. Some scholars have attributed good performance of trade in a geographical area to missionary activities that have taken place in that area. This study was carried out to identify and explain the religious and developmental impact of trade as a missionary tool to the southwest region of Nigeria for religion and development. Important towns like Lagos and Ibadan where given greater attention of study to discover the presence and impact of Igbos in the southwest. The findings of this study shows that Igbo traders, in the course of moving from one part of the country to another to trade for livelihood, carry along with them their cultural and religious belief centered on Christian principles, and in the process contribute to the physical development of their host community. It clearly show hence, that Igbo traders should be encouraged to still see themselves as missionaries, thereby impacting on the commerce of the society at large. This in turn affects positively the progress of our society. Some recommendation and suggestions were put forward which if properly implemented, will serve as remedy to trade barriers Igbos encounter in these places and beyond for a a peaceful coexistence with their southwestern Continue reading Igbo Traders as a Missionary Tool in South Western Nigeria