The level of acceptance and awareness of takaful in Nigeria

Abstract

This study investigates the factors determining consumers’ acceptance of takaful (Islamic insurance) in Nigeria. The main objective is to explore the Shariah view, price, service quality, attitude, awareness, subjective norm, and perceived behavior control of Nigerian citizens towards the acceptance of takaful services in the country. One of the obstacles currently facing the takaful industry in Nigeria is the lack of awareness about takaful products. To examine the acceptance and awareness of takaful in Nigeria, 209 questionnaires were distributed to respondents in five states, including Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, and Enugu; and the data collected were analyzed using SPSS, version 25. The results show that Shariah view, locality, consumer acceptance, service quality, attitude, awareness, subjective norm, and perceived behavior control are the factors influencing the awareness and acceptance level of takaful in Nigeria. The implication of this study is that the majority of respondents do not possess sufficient information to differentiate between conventional and Islamic insurance. As such, for proper implementation and development of takaful in Nigeria, it is important for the policymakers and other stakeholders to provide enough information about the takaful services, products, and operating system to the general public. The future of takaful industry in the country will be determined by a proper understanding of the operating system and the rights of participants as well as other stakeholders, including customers and insurance regulatory bodie

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