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This study sought to examine ceramics industries as a viable tool for entrepreneurship development in Nigeria. Three research questions and three hypotheses were generated to guide the study. The sample for the study was 600 entrepreneurs selected from Awka, the capital of Anambra State through a stratified random sampling technique. Questionnaire was used as instrument for data collection. The research questions were analyzed using mean scores and standard deviation. The null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance using t-test. The findings of the study showed that entrepreneurship development in Nigeria is needed to stimulate economic growth, employment generation, empowerment of jobless Nigerians, mobilization of domestic savings and utilization of local resources. It revealed that challenges of entrepreneurship development in Nigeria are lack of infrastructural facilities, lack of credit facilities, corruption of Nigerian leaders and multiple taxation. The findings of the study also revealed that ceramics industries can enhance entrepreneurship development in Nigeria by empowering people to develop their capacities, increase assets of people, creating employment for people and elimination of poverty in Nigeria. The findings of this study were followed by a conclusion. The study recommended that government (policy makers) should genuinely recognize the essence of entrepreneurship to economic development in Nigeria and all legal and administrative constraints inhibiting the promotion and development of ceramics industries in Nigeria should be removed.
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