2017 AEISD Conference

International Conference on African Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Sustainable Development (AEISD)

The 2017 International Conference on African entrepreneurship and Innovation for Sustainable Development (AEISD) to be hosted by Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria welcomes papers from scholars, entrepreneurs, graduate students, managers and policy makers on entrepreneurship and innovation issues pertinent to a vibrant and sustainable economic development of Africa. This conference aims at bridging the gap between entrepreneurial policy and actionable entrepreneurship for Africa’s economic development.

Conference Theme – “The Promise of Actionable Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Economic Development in Africa: Leadership, Governance, and Ethics.”

The 2017 theme highlights the need to establish accessible pathways for sustainable entrepreneurship success and wealth creation to alleviate chronic poverty in Africa. Focus areas of the conference include government policies to promote entrepreneurship, access to finance, education and training, commercial and professional infrastructure, openness of internal markets, physical infrastructure, and the Triple-Helix of University-Industry-Government Partnerships.

The conference also encourages papers on topics listed above as well as actual case studies of entrepreneurship and success stories in entrepreneurship from around the world. University-based centers for entrepreneurship as especially invited to share bridge-building efforts from their local communities.

Pre-Conference Faculty Development Workshop on Journal Publication Strategies is also planned as part of the conference. The aim of the workshop is to mentor aspiring authors who wish to publish their manuscripts from the conference as well other papers in refereed journals. Workshop will be moderated by leading scholars who will share proven ways to successfully publish journal articles.

A Post-Conference Entrepreneurship Workshop for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2-4pm. Topics covered will include: “How to Grow Your Business” and “Accessing Capital for Successful Entrepreneurship.” Registration is required and for me information, please contact Prof. Alphonso Ogbuehi – [email protected] or Prof. Anayo Nkamnebe – [email protected].

Guidelines for Manuscript Submissions

  1. Full Papers should be submitted electronically to the appropriate track chair. All submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and must be received by May 1, 2017. Proposals and Abstracts for special sessions should be submitted electronically to the Program Chair in Microsoft Word by May 15,2017. Special sessions must include a panel of three speakers along with rationale for the session.
  2. Full papers must not exceed 10 single-spaced pages (Times New Roman, font 12), including the title, tables, figures, appendices, references, and other illustrative materials.
  3. All papers should have an Abstract (maximum of 190 words), as well as an Introduction. Each paper should indicate the title of the paper, author(s)’ names and institutional affiliation, and email addresses.
  4. Please use single column, one-inch margins (1”) all-round: Top, bottom, left, and right. References and citations should be prepared in accordance with APA Publication Manual 5th Edition.
  5. All papers will be peer reviewed and selected papers will be included on the Proceedings CD and considered for the Conference Best Paper Awards.
  6. A paper template is attached on the last page to assist you in getting your paper ready for publication in the Conference Proceedings.
  7. Selected papers will be invited to submit their manuscripts for further review and publication in the inaugural issue of the Journal of African Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Special Sessions: Given the growing importance of entrepreneurship in Africa, we invite participants who are interested in organizing a special session to submit a description of its overall purpose and include the abstracts of the different contributions. A special session should have at least 3 speakers. Special session proposals must also state the purpose, format and names of all presenters. All special session proposals should be submitted to the program chair.

Post-graduate students are highly encouraged to attend the conference and request submissions of papers via the conference portal. Post-graduate students will benefit by participating through opportunity to network with participants from around the world. Each post-graduate student’s paper will be considered for Post-Graduate Student Best Paper Awards.

NOTE: All full papers, abstracts, and special session proposals should be submitted directly to the appropriate track chair. Authors who are uncertain of the appropriate track for their papers should contact the Program Chair: Prof. Alphonso Ogbuehi, Clayton State University & Nnamdi Azikiwe University, [email protected] or [email protected]. Track Chairs will send final revised papers/abstracts to the Proceedings editor.

2017 Tracks and Track Chairs & Co-Chairs

Track 1-Government Policy on Entrepreneurship: Dr. Leon Prieto[email protected]

Track 2-Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Dr. Nnamdi Madichie, [email protected]

Track 3-Entrepreneurship, Small Business and the Informal Sector: Dr. Norma Juma,
[email protected] and Dr. Tochukwu Gloria Okafor, [email protected]

Track 4-Finance and Banking Issues for Entrepreneurship Development: Dr. Gideon Ezu, [email protected] and Prof. Steve Ibenta, [email protected]

Track 5-Family-Owned Businesses: Dr. Benedict Ozurumba, [email protected] and Dr. Hope Nzewi, [email protected]

Track 6-Entrepreneurial Environment and Cross-Cultural Management: Prof. Ezinne Nnabuife, [email protected] and Dr. Obianuju Mary Chiekezie, [email protected]

Track 7-Entrepreneurial Development in Service Marketing and Service Innovation Dr. Chris Enyinda, [email protected] and Dr. Chris Mbah, [email protected]

Track 8-Accounting for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Development: Prof. Emma Okoye, [email protected] and Dr. CY Ogbodo, [email protected]

Track 9-Entrepreneurial Education in Higher Institutions and Economic Development: Dr. Comfort Okorocha.

Track 10-Marketing Practices for Successful Entrepreneurship, Prof. Martin Muo
[email protected] and Dr. Titus Okeke, [email protected]

Track 11-Graduate Student Papers: Dr. Gbola Gbadamosi,[email protected]

Registration Information
Registration fees include a copy of the proceedings, all meals, tea and coffee breaks, reception, and the African Cultural Celebration.

Registration fees

 Participants based in Nigeria(Naira)|Participants based outside Nigeria(US Dollars)
Before June 1, 2017NGN15,000NGN25,000|$100$190
After June 1, 2017NGN20,000NGN35,000|$125$235
A Day Cultural Extravaganza is scheduled as part of the opening ceremony.
For Optional Accompanying Person
Each breakfast$9
Each lunch$15
Each evening reception$15
Awards banquet$20

The registration fees and all other fees MUST be paid either by Wire Transfer or Paypal. Cash payment will be accepted on site with a 25% surcharge.

Early Deadline: Complete Registration Form and make payment before June 1, 2017.

Conference Contacts

Conference Co-ChairsProf. Anayo Nkamnebe, Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. [email protected]Prof. Avi Mukherjee, Dean, College of Business, Clayton State University, Atlanta, Georgia USA [email protected]Prof. Alphonso Ogbuehi, Clayton State University & US Fulbright Visiting Professor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University. [email protected] or [email protected].
Program ChairProf. Alphonso Ogbuehi, Clayton State University & US Fulbright Visiting Professor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University. [email protected] or [email protected].
Proceedings Co-EditorsDr. Nnamdi Madichie, Director of Research, London School of Business and Management, University of Northampton. [email protected]&Prof. Anayo Nkamnebe, Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria. [email protected]

Conference Organizing Committee:

Prof. Alphonso Ogbuehi, Clayton State University/Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Prof. Anayo Nkamnebe, Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Prof. Avi Mukherjee, Dean, College of Business, Clayton State University, USA
Prof. Emma Okoye, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Dr. Jude Onyima, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Dr. Nnamdi Madichie, London School of Business & Management, United Kingdom
Prof. Lou Jourdan, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Clayton State University, USA
Prof. M.C. Muo, Nnamdi Azikiwe University,
Prof. C.C. Okolocha, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Dr. Titus Okeke, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Dr. Hope N. Nzewi, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Dr. C. Y. Ogbodo, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Dr. Mary Chiekezie, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Chief Uche Nworah, MD/CEO, Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), Awka – Media Partner
Prof. Chris Enyinda, Canadian University of Dubai, UAE
Dr. Gideon Ezu, Nnamdi Azikiwe University - Member/Secretary

Hotel Information

Hotel rooms at Finotel Classic Hotel, Awka, Nigeria have been blocked for guests attending the 2017 International Conference on African Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Sustainable Development (AEISD) at a subsidized rate of $59/night (complimentary breakfast included). Room rates are limited to a number of rooms and so early booking is advised. The reduced rates will not be guaranteed after June 15, 2017. To book your hotel accommodation, please visit www.finotelhotel.com/international_conference.

Air Travel Information

The City of Awka is located in Anambra State. Conference attendees are advised to fly into Enugu International Airport and take a shuttle service to Awka. International participants can either fly directly into Enugu with Ethiopian or connect to Enugu via Lagos or Port Harcourt with several other international carriers.

Conference Co-Hosts

Faculty of Management Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria

College of Business, Clayton State University, Atlanta, Georgia US

Paper Submission Guidelines: All manuscripts must not exceed 20 double-spaced (10 Single-spaced) pages, including all tables, exhibits, and references. To assist with paper formatting, the following template should be used for ALL submitted papers.

For General Inquiries: Please contact the Program Chair: Prof. Alphonso Ogbuehi at [email protected] or [email protected]; Tel. (234)-0810-039-9718.


Clayton State University


This conference is made possible by the Fulbright Foundation through The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and The Institute of International Education (IIE).


Media Partner

Hotel Researvations

Finotel Hotel, Awka.

Keynote Speaker

Chief Willie Obiano – Governor, Anambra State