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Igbo Apprenticeship System

No University Education can be compared with Igbo Apprenticeship System in the Realm of Business -Chairman Mega Living Global Resources Ltd

No University Education can be compared with Igbo Apprenticeship System in the Realm of Business -Chairman Mega Living Global Resources Ltd

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mega Living Global Resources Ltd and Crystal Garden Estate Ltd, Chief Dr. Onyekachi Paulinus, has emphatically asserted that the Igbo apprenticeship system (IAS) surpasses any form of university education, particularly in the realm of business.

Speaking from his office in Onitsha during an interview conducted by media personality Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace, Chief Paulinus passionately extolled the virtues of the Igbo apprenticeship system and its unparalleled effectiveness in the world of trade, commerce, and entrepreneurship.

Igbo Apprenticeship System

Drawing from his personal experience, Chief Paulinus attributed his current success in business to the invaluable lessons acquired during his apprenticeship under the Igbo system.

Having embarked on his entrepreneurial journey in 2007 following the completion of a rigorous six-year apprenticeship program, he proudly attests to the transformative power of this traditional method of learning.

Moreover, he highlights that his achievements extend beyond personal gains, as he has since mentored and facilitated the establishment of seven successful entrepreneurs.

Chief Paulinus firmly contends that even the most prestigious university education in business administration could not have equipped him with the practical skills and deep-rooted understanding of commerce that the Igbo apprenticeship system provided.

He stresses that the recognition accorded to the system by the Harvard Business Review validates its efficacy and underscores its importance in fostering economic empowerment.

In light of these revelations, Chief Paulinus urges Igbo youths to re-embrace the Igbo apprenticeship system, emphasizing its pivotal role in securing their future prosperity.

He views it not merely as a historical tradition but as a dynamic and indispensable tool for human empowerment. As such, he calls upon the younger generation to wholeheartedly embrace this tradition, recognizing it as a pathway to sustainable economic success and personal fulfillment.

Chief Dr Onyekachi Paulinus is the Chairman, Board of Directors, Mega Living Global Resources Ltd and Crystal Garden Estate Ltd. He is a life coach and leadership expert.


He has pioneered several organizations and sits atop many companies because of his expertise in leadership and management.

Dr Paulinus speaks to thousands of people each year, training individuals, companies and organizations in leadership and management.

Dr Onyekachi has been a beacon of inspiration, leadership, and benevolence. His leadership lifestyle is graced with simplicity and humility; he does not just inspire courage in the hearts of those he leads, he has also built a platform for as many people as possible who desire greatness to climb to enviable heights.

His quest to make generational impact reflects in his ceaseless pursuit of knowledge and his willingness to share the same is the reason he has been sought out and accorded with so many awards.

He has pioneered a lot of life-changing projects thereby cultivating an enabling environment for potentials to thrive and blossom.

Dr Onyekachi is an Alumni of Global Real Estate Executive BootCamp (GREEB) and a member of the Billionaire Conclave.

Chief Paulinus was recently recognized at the Eastern Nigeria Merit Award for Excellence in service delivery in the real estate industry in the South East.

Igbo Apprenticeship System

He was also recognized by Women Of Patience and Help Organization with an award for his performance in physical development and capacity building.

Onyekachi was honoured with a Doctorate Degree by Zoe Life Theological College, USA in recognition of his humanitarian activities. Recently, Dr Onyekachi received a laudable chieftaincy title: ‘Ezokwu Emem Eze’, which means ‘Truth has made me a king’.

Chief Dr Onyekachi Paulinus Ewa has been on the forefront of human development, capacity building and in support of small and medium enterprises across Africa and Europe.

The endorsement of the Igbo Apprenticeship System (IAS) by the Harvard Business Review (HBR) marks a significant recognition of the system’s efficacy and relevance in contemporary business discourse.

Harvard Business Review, renowned for its rigorous analysis and authoritative voice in the realm of business education and practice, lending its seal of approval to the IAS lends credence to its value and potential impact.

The HBR’s endorsement underscores the IAS’s unique ability to cultivate entrepreneurial skills, foster innovation, and drive economic growth within the Igbo community and beyond.

Through its in-depth examination and validation of the system’s principles and outcomes, the HBR has brought global attention to the IAS as a model worthy of study and emulation.

Moreover, the endorsement serves as a catalyst for broader recognition and adoption of the IAS as a viable alternative or complement to formal business education.

Igbo Apprenticeship System

By affirming the effectiveness of hands-on experiential learning and mentorship embedded within the apprenticeship system, the HBR validates the importance of practical knowledge and real-world experience in entrepreneurial success.

Furthermore, the HBR’s endorsement serves to dispel any lingering skepticism or misconceptions surrounding the IAS, particularly among those who may have viewed it as antiquated or inferior to formal educational pathways.

Instead, it positions the IAS as a dynamic and adaptable framework capable of thriving in contemporary business environments characterized by rapid change and complexity.

In conclusion, the endorsement by the Harvard Business Review of the Igbo Apprenticeship System represents a pivotal moment in recognizing and celebrating the enduring value and relevance of traditional knowledge systems in driving entrepreneurial excellence and economic development.

It signals a paradigm shift in how we perceive and leverage indigenous wisdom and practices in the pursuit of global business success.