The African Philosophy: A Strategic Vehicle for the Delivery of a New Cultural Dimension to Housing

By Olusegun Oluwole.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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In South Western Nigeria, housing is referred to as ‘ile’ which is the very core, a symbol of human existence and status in the community (Baker, 1959). The Yoruba proverb “ile la wo ka to somo loruko”, which by translation suggests that, “after given birth to a child, you will look at your house before you give the baby a name”. In contrast, the cultural meaning of this proverb is to appreciate your lived experience which has a symbolic representation of a house before you name a child. This shows a strong ontological preference and a pregnant meaning which needs a systematic inquiry to understand. This paper attempts to relocate African philosophy as an important element for the delivery of a new cultural dimension to housing.

Keywords: Culture, African Philosophy, Housing, Society

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1005.369KB).

Dr Olusegun Oluwole

Phd Candidate, Part-Time Lecturer, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK

My research explores sustainability through cultural aspects of the built environment while looking at the social, political,environmental and other factors influencing the urban housing crisis in developing countries. My background is in architecture and I am a member of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). I lecture as a part-time lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. I am interested in teaching methods which blend academic fun with learning to enhance the students' learning process. I also intend to push my research as tool that can be used to minimise the effect of housing crisis in developing countries.


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