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The Best Business Courses Available in Nigeria for Budding Entrepreneurs

business training courses in Nigeria
Written by Robin Okwanma

fouBecoming an entrepreneur in Nigeria (and globally) is both an investment and a journey of focus, dedication, continuous learning and re-investment. We can say from experience that there is no professional or business owner that is too skilled or experienced to acquire more skills and/or resources. And that is why we recommend that you undertake business courses available in Nigeria for budding entrepreneurs. Doing so from time to time will help you to improve your business skills, and access useful resources and finance for your business. It can also help to expand your business network, and connect with like-minded business owners, mentors and trainers that can help your business.  

Understand that people, society, and the business environment continue to evolve. There are also rising competitors in virtually every field of human activity and industry, including yours. Eventually you will find out that there is no monopoly of trade or knowledge. As such, your target marketplace will likely place more demands on you, especially in this modern digital age. The marketplace is now full of consumers seeking for quick and reliable problem solvers; and you must be able to prove yourself. You need up-to-date, timely information and tools to satisfy them and not lose to other competitors. 

Ensure you do your research, ask questions, and make good use of valuable business courses available in Nigeria. We have curated a list of such business courses and programs below in this article, to guide you in your business journey. 

Recommended: Some of the Best Business Courses Available in Nigeria for Budding Entrepreneurs 

You might have heard of one or more of the following existing entrepreneurship training courses and programs in Nigeria. We can assure you that the list is not exhaustive either. There are many such tertiary institutions, business training and/or professional institutes, and even government initiatives in Nigeria. They are aimed at helping emerging and existing entrepreneurs to establish and run successful businesses with all the right knowledge, help and resources. Some of them even provide loans and grants to assist business owners in need of funding, along with useful mentorship. 

Take your time to run through the following business courses available in Nigeria for budding entrepreneurs. We encourage you to use at least one of them. Your business will thank you later. 

Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)

The LCCI is well-established organization which has become a representative of the Nigerian Private sector. It is an intermediary and a voice between the Nigerian business community and the Nigerian government. The LCCI seeks to push for improvement of policies and measures that affect the Nigerian private sector.  

LCCI has a yearly time-table of business training courses available for its registered members. They include Digital Marketing, Project Management, Business-to-Business Marketing, and Customer Service. You can access the full details of how to become a member and partake of these courses HERE.  

SoCreative Africa Learning Program (Sponsored by the British Council) 

The SoCreative Africa Learning Program (also called Creative Economy E-Learning program) is an online business training program sponsored by the British Council. It is a collection of free online training courses for aspiring and new African entrepreneurs to succeed in their business journey.  Each participant would receive a certificate of participation at the end. The certificate empowers you to apply for additional support in the form of coaching, mentorship, networking, incubation and acceleration. 

Three basic entrepreneurship courses are offered through this program which include:

– Creative Entrepreneurship

– Social Impact through Creative Entrepreneurship

– Creative Economy Policy

You can access their online portal HERE

Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) 

The Young African Leaders Initiative offers a set of FREE online courses in English, French and Portuguese with certificates issued at the end. These courses cover critical topics that cut across Entrepreneurship (, Governance, Renewable Energy, Human Rights, and Public Management. You can also access the audio, text and video versions of these courses on their website. Furthermore, you can access practical workbooks and toolkits that can teach you to do the following:

– write business plans and grants, 

– plan community events, 

– succeed at interviews, 

– become a trained public speaker,

and much more. You can access their online portal HERE

Lagos Business School (LBS) 

The Lagos Business School is a world-class business training school in Lagos that offers certified business training programs. Notable among them are MBA (Masters in Business Administration), executive and custom business and leadership programs. Courses in Agribusiness, Management, Sales, Human Resources, Banking, and Public Sector Leadership.  You can access their online portal HERE

Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) 

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is a philanthropy set up in 2010 by well-known Nigerian serial entrepreneur, Tony Elumelu. The TEF Entrepreneurship program itself started in 2015; and right now it runs annually in 54 African countries.  It serves as a business training, mentorship, incubation, networking, and competitive funding program for interested business owners who apply. 

The program has successfully created over 400,000 direct and indirect jobs. The business training is targeted at determined African youths, women and men. Additionally,  the program has disbursed nearly 100 million US Dollars in funds to at least 18,000 African women and men (as of 2023). TEF has also trained over 1.5 million young Africans through its digital hub tagged TEFConnect.  The foundation strongly believes in the ability of African entrepreneurs to take social and economic development of the African continent to its fullest potential. TEF has so many international partners – which include the EU, Red Cross, United Nations agencies,  and Google to mention a few. You can access their online portal HERE

Other Available Business Courses in Nigeria

A few other valuable business courses available in Nigeria for budding entrepreneurs are listed below (with their associated links). We encourage you to investigate them, and make best use of any of these programs and courses suitable for you. 



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Robin Okwanma

Hi, I'm Robin Okwanma. Software Engineer || Django, Python || React, React Native || Blogger. Technical Writer.