Family Quest

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“Family Quest”, is a familiar story and experience in most African families where the extended family is entrenched. Amu and Mansul represented the extended family apologists and establishment, while Abolo and Ozidi are beneficiaries of it at the expense of Tutu, and Mansul’s children. The story showcases some of the weaknesses in the African extended family system; in spite of its social benefits in absence of defined public social services to the people. It featured the dehumanizing approach of the system to women, especially widows who are stripped of their husbands hard earned assets upon death by family members.

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“Family Quest”, is a familiar story and experience in most African families where the extended family is entrenched. Amu and Mansul represented the extended family apologists and establishment, while Abolo and Ozidi are beneficiaries of it at the expense of Tutu, and Mansul’s children. The story showcases some of the weaknesses in the African extended family system; in spite of its social benefits in absence of defined public social services to the people. It featured the dehumanizing approach of the system to women, especially widows who are stripped of their husbands hard earned assets upon death by family members. In our story after many years of fierce battle and cold war, Mansul’s family finally developed a mutual respect for the nuclei family system of husband, wife and children and a mutual respect for each other. They realized the fights were unnecessary as rights duly accorded to a man and his household directly extols the inalienable rights of individuals to wealth and property. Community living as exemplified by the extended family; practiced in Mansul’s family set up was like playing a football game without its rules which led to the total chaos in the once thriving family. In the book the author explored frustration as a good motivation for change, the impact of change on the family beliefs and values; the necessity for wisdom in dealing effectively with issues within the family. He concludes the story with the importance of a family vision as a vital recipe for peace and harmony.

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