THE CONCEPT OF OLD PEOPLE'S HOME AND ITS IMPLICATION IN THE AFRICAN CULTURE AND THINKING
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Society, Elaborate, Phenomenal, Phenomena

Abstract

No society has ever existed without its own culturally unique way of perceiving certain existential realities. Every society, therefore, has its own peculiar way of perceiving and understanding things. Be it as it may, however these phenomenal experiences in the community are, it must still be observed that some social phenomena are culturally or un-culturally instituted. With regards to this, we will review the emergence of Old People's Home and how the African in the African thinking and culture, sees it. At this, the question: is the concept of old people's home African in origin? How does the practice align with the African culture? In the African thinking, is the African relaxed outside his home- say old people's home all for care and management of his disability or old age? This said, this paper argues that though the idea of old people's home has come to stay and there are quite few reasons for its acceptance, it still has many questions to answer in as much as African culture is concerned. Even though it is now becoming rampant following the penetration, survival and progress of the Western culture- Christian Religion, into the people's idiosyncrasies, it is still an alien practice to the nature of Africa and the Africans.

The paper also goes on, attempting to describe and analytically elaborate the whole concept of old people's home as conceived by the West, how it got into the African community, how it is conceived with African consciousness today and its effects on the African culture. It is therefore, an attempt to review the knowledge about the old people's home entirely, criticize it and finally bring the fact to limelight that it falters the principal principles of the African personality (communalism) and the practical, holistic sense and understanding of what the term “home” stands for, in the African thinking.

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