Leveraging Traditional Age Group Organizations for International Business Management

  By Ozi Omoluabi


Incorporating traditional age group organizations into the realm of international business presents an innovative approach to global economic participation. These organizations, deeply rooted in the social fabric of the people from Edo State, Nigeria, have potential far beyond their local significance. By tapping into their structured, communal approach to organization and governance, there's an opportunity to extend their influence to international business activities. This strategy outlines the transition from the local community's impact to global economic engagement, focusing on sustainable practices, cultural integrity, and economic empowerment.

Framework for International Business Engagement

  1.      Export of Local Products
    Utilize age groups to organize and streamline the production of local goods for international markets. This could involve agricultural products, crafts, and other commodities that reflect the region's resources and expertise. Emphasis on quality control, certification, and meeting international standards is essential for success.
  2.        International Partnerships and Collaborations
      Foster partnerships with international businesses and organizations that are interested in sustainable and ethical trade. Age groups can serve as the local managing bodies for these partnerships, ensuring that collaborations are beneficial to the community and aligned with local practices and values.
  3.      Cultural Exchange and Tourism
    While the focus is not primarily on leveraging cultural heritage, there's still room for promoting cultural exchange programs that can accompany economic activities. Age groups can organize cultural events, workshops, and learning opportunities for international visitors, providing a cultural context for business activities and fostering goodwill.
  4.            Skill Development for Global Markets
    Invest in education and training programs that equip community members with skills relevant to international business, such as digital literacy, foreign languages, and international trade regulations. Age groups can organize these training sessions, promoting lifelong learning and adaptability among community members.

  5.       Sustainable Practices and Global Standards
    Commit to sustainability in all international business activities, aligning with global standards such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Age groups can oversee local compliance with these standards, ensuring that international business activities support environmental conservation, social equity, and economic benefits for all stakeholders.

 Overcoming Challenges

  •      Navigating International Regulations: Understanding and adhering to complex international trade regulations and standards can pose significant challenges. Dedicated teams within age groups can focus on legal compliance, market research, and continuous learning.

  •  Maintaining Cultural Integrity: While engaging with international markets, it's crucial to maintain cultural integrity and avoid exploitation. Age groups can play a crucial role in safeguarding community values and ensuring that international engagements are respectful and mutually beneficial.

  •  Building International Networks: Establishing connections and building trust in international markets requires time and effort. Taking part in trade fairs, using digital platforms, and leveraging diplomatic channels can aid in expanding the international network.

  • Financial and Logistic Resources: Scaling operations to meet international demand require substantial financial and logistical resources. Seeking partnerships, grants, and investments while optimizing local resources will be essential for sustainable expansion.


Transitioning traditional age group organizations into entities that manage international business ventures offers a pathway to global economic participation while preserving community values and structures. By focusing on the export of local products, fostering international partnerships, investing in skill development, and adhering to sustainable practices, these organizations can significantly contribute to global trade. Overcoming challenges related to international regulations, cultural integrity, and resource allocation will be key to their success in the international business arena. This approach not only empowers local communities but also introduces unique products and perspectives to the global market, promoting diversity and inclusion in international trade.


Mr. Ozi Omoluabi
An expert in Engineering, IT, and Architecture, combines technical knowledge and leadership in his field. Based in Liverpool, he specializes in commercial and residential electrical fit-outs and building refurbishments. Holding a Master’s in Engineering (MEng) and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET), Ozi is adept in building services and regulatory compliance. His experience spans housing, museums, and transport hubs. He also holds an MBA from Liverpool John Moores University, enhancing his financial and marketing management skills.

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