Major Constraints of the Sino-African Relations in the Nigerian Construction Industry

Olushola Akinshipe, Clinton Aigbavboa

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Over the years, China has become an integral part of Africa’s development both in infrastructure and economy. This fit was attained through unrelenting investment in the continent. However, as the relationship between the continent and China grew, numerous challenges hindered the effective participation in Africa’s infrastructure development and construction. This study, therefore, assesses the challenges hindering effective Chinese participation in the Nigerian construction industry. The study followed a descriptive nature and a quantitative model was adopted. Data for the study was gathered from core construction professionals within Nigeria by a means of a questionnaire survey. Out of 150 targeted respondents, only 139 responses were retrieved and used as the basis of the research. The collected data were analyzed using factor analysis in conjunction with descriptive analysis and presented. Also, the data collected was subjected to a normality test and a non-parametric test. The result of the analysis grouped the variables under factors which were subsequently named challenges posed by system inefficiencies, challenges posed by demographic differences, challenges posed by Chinese firms operating style, challenges posed by unethical operations, and challenges posed by the host national government. The study concluded that all stakeholders of the Sino-African relations must play their part to ensure the efficient and effective operation of Chinese firms and professionals in Africa and especially in the construction industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-488
Number of pages20
JournalForum for Development Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • African construction industry
  • African infrastructural development
  • China-African relations
  • Sino-African relations
  • challenges of China-African relations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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