The Ethics of Aso-Ebi Culture in Nigeria

Journal of Culture, Society and Development, Vol. 8, 2015

8 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2016

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Rose Ogbechie

Lagos Business School Nigeria

Friday Anetor

University of Lagos

Date Written: April 15, 2015

Abstract

Aso-ebi culture originated from the Yorubas. The original idea of aso-ebi was for the easy identification of family members during a landmark event. It was also meant to serve as a means of reinforcing social identity and solidarity among group members. The culture has gained acceptance and spread across other ethnic groups in Nigeria. Despite the growing acceptance of aso-ebi, there are some practices that have ravaged it of recent, thereby questioning its relevance. The study, therefore, examine ethical issues relating to aso-ebi culture in Nigeria. The study administered questionnaires to 100 respondents in Lagos, Nigeria. A descriptive analysis was carried out using SPSS, and it was found that aso-ebi culture had lost its original purpose. Instead of being a culture of solidarity, it has metamorphosed to serve as a medium of social strive, display of affluence, and discrimination against people, who are either unwilling or unable to buy aso-ebi.

Keywords: Ethics, Aso-ebi, Culture, Yorubas, Nigeria

Suggested Citation

Ogbechie, Rose and Anetor, Friday, The Ethics of Aso-Ebi Culture in Nigeria (April 15, 2015). Journal of Culture, Society and Development, Vol. 8, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2736669

Rose Ogbechie

Lagos Business School Nigeria ( email )

Nigeria

Friday Anetor (Contact Author)

University of Lagos ( email )

Akoka
Yaba
Lagos, LA Lagos state 234
Nigeria

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