Influence of lifelong learning on socio-economic wellbeing of business women in Onitsha North local government area, Anambra state, Nigeria
Johnson Nnadi Ewelum, Cynthia Joy Ezeh, Alexander Uzochukwu Ogbunugwor
The study explored the influence of lifelong learning on socio-economic well-being of business women in Onitsha North Local Government Area, Anambra State, Nigeria of. Four research questions guided the study. The study adopted descriptive survey research design. The population of the study consisted of all the registered literate business women in the nine (9) clans that make up Onitsha North Local Government Area, Anambra State. The sample of the study comprised of 190 literate business women selected through simple sampling technique. Questionnaire developed by the researchers and validated by two experts, one in the Department of Adult and Continuing Education and the other in the Department of Educational Foundations (Measurement and Evaluation Option) all from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria was used for data collection. Data collected were analyzed with mean. The findings of the study include that lifelong learning positively influence women’s socio-economic wellbeing and that gender disparity, early marriage, cultural factor, lack of some rights, poor education, among others are the problems affecting the socio-economic wellbeing of women. It was also found that the following strategies would enhance socio-economic wellbeing of the women: sensitization of women on the need to be educated, abolishing of cultural harmful practices, creation of jobs, minimizing discriminatory religious practices, among others. Conclusion was made and the study recommended among others that the government should mount campaign on the effects of early marriages and advise parents to send their female children to school at the right time.