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SEXUALITY IN AFRICAN HOMES

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SEXUALITY IN AFRICAN HOMES


However, the African culture appears to maintain that it is totally beyond the limit of adolescents to know about sex beyond what is being taught in their school textbooks. The foundation of this is that society does not want the virtues of sexuality to be undermined by the carefree attitudes of our teenagers.


This position of the society was gotten from the fact that sexual needs and their satisfaction are unique and also a complicated behavior of man, making sure of the continuity of man. For that reason, it should be kept sacred that teenagers should not abuse it or be allowed to reduce its worth in any way.

This is a cultural tendency to protect adolescents from gaining information about sexual acts, This also is common in other cultures and societies, beyond Nigeria and Africa as a whole. for example, it is common among traditional people in the middle east. Sexual education is only applied to correct the corrupt manners of teenagers. Adolescents in those communities are to remain unaware of sex until they are of marriageable ages, these customs are strictly enforced that going against it may be seen as rebellion.

These issues earlier presented in this chapter widely represent the position of parents as regards to teenagers receiving or sharing knowledge about sex. Going through history, like a hundred years or more ago parents, grandparents, and great grandparents will remember that as teenagers sexual education was taught to them by relatives of the family, maybe aunties, uncles, grandparents or parents of the family. This was done in the form of Folk or moonlight tales, they usually taught on how the illicit sexual affairs of some persons led to destructive ends, or how being touched by a guy will make a girl pregnant as compared to virtuous individuals who are greatly rewarded by the society and nature for their positivity.

The reason for this folk tale was to act up the dangers of an irresponsible sexual attitude or activity, as well as a guide to teenagers in order to differentiate between the disadvantages and advantages of engaging in sex. Also to pass on to them some of the lives other valuable information in general. In the olden day's teenagers were also told to engage in some roles to play in. So they can be able to act out life serious situations and also be taught good habits, morals, and behaviors. This way the family was able to activate its role as the basic unit of the society, responsible for directing, caring, and helping children in their preparation for adulthood.

Today, because of the adaptation of western civilization, the close-knit family ties which serve as an important source of social support tends to be much weaker. Most people are not leaving within the extended family circle, and this has lead to many changes in the traditional position in the family. for that reason, children don't have the opportunity of growing up in the midst of elders in the family who would have taught them good morals.

Today the unit of the family we see commonly is the nuclear one. Presently parents are not assisted by other members of the extended family in raising their children. due to the situation in our economy parents are now forced to work for longs hours in places that are away from home in order to provide financial needs for their families. Therefore leading to a breakdown of the family coordinated link which used to be a strong backbone for young ones, adolescents now learn from their mates and many other potentially unbecoming references about sex. The accepted patterns of a teenager's behavior today differ much, from the traditions that are handed down from their parents.

Apart from issues like lack of time, most people will accept that in an ideal world, teenagers will ask their parents for information on sex, and its relationships in an agreeable acceptable manner, in an environment of shared values. In this generation, children will raise questions without the fear of asking their parents, and parents will answer them without the apprehension of fear or anger. However, in practice parents are mostly reluctant to have conversations with their children about sex. Even when they agree to talk with their children about sex the information or knowledge they share is mostly physiological than about the emotional feelings that come along with sexuality. they do not talk to them about managing their own sexuality in an appropriate manner and healthfully.

regularly parents will pretend to their children, to convince them that sex does not exist. they get angry when sex is being mentioned to teenagers and when sexual activity is being played in movies, they ask them to quickly change the channels or off the TV set. For example, when you are questioned by your children about sex, or what two people kissing are doing, Your immediate reply it is 'satanic' or it is 'wrong' to shift your children's attention from it. the parent has told a lie alongside to mislead the child who will still find out the truth through another means. That is just a pretend and would not be helpful to your adolescent, most of them already know but only needs the right guide.

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