Place attachment and determinants of living arrangement in the family house in Ibadan, Nigeria

  • Adesina A. Akinjokun Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor
  • Mahmud Bin Mohd Jusan Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor
  • Raja Nafida Binti Raja Shahminan Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Keywords: agbo’le, family house, place attachment, urban housing, Nigeria.


Context/Background: There is a dearth of study in identifying the determinants of choice of living arrangement in sub-Saharan Africa and what influences individual’s decision about this. Therefore, this study examined the physical aspects and demographic characteristics that may be significant predictors of attachment to a particularly form of living arrangement in the form of “family house” otherwise called agbo’le.Data source and Methods: The analysis was based on quantitative data from 413 household heads in a traditional neighborhood characterized mainly by agbo’les in Ibadan, Nigeria. Descriptive statistics, chi-square, regression analysis and correlation were used to analyse the data.  Results: The results showed that demographic factors including education attained, occupation and nature of work were significant predictors of place attachment rather than the physical structure.Conclusion: The study concluded that the relevance of agbo’le to the lives of the residents and hence its future potentials are more influenced by characteristics of individual residents. 

Author Biographies

Adesina A. Akinjokun, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor
Department of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment
Mahmud Bin Mohd Jusan, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor
Deoartment pf Architecture, FAculty of Built Environment
Raja Nafida Binti Raja Shahminan, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Centre for the study of Built Environment in the Malay WOrld (KALAM), Institute for Smart Infrastructure and Innovative Construction (ISIIC)