They are fond of the expression, "When Nigeria sneezes, the rest of the African nations (with the exception of South Africa) catch cold." Extended families are still the norm and are in fact the backbone of the social system.Grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers and in-laws all work as a unit through life.
Social standing and recognition is achieved through extended families.
Similarly a family's honour is influenced by the actions of its members.
Individuals turn to members of the extended family for financial aid and guidance, and the family is expected to provide for the welfare of every member. Age is believed to confer wisdom so older people are granted respect.
Although the role of the extended family is diminishing somewhat in urban areas, there remains a strong tradition of mutual caring and responsibility among the members. The oldest person in a group is revered and honoured.
In a social situation, they are greeted and served first.
Our fundraising efforts to that effect continue both locally and abroad.