Ageing and national development in Nigeria: Costly assumptions and challenges for the future

  • Funmi Togonu-Bickersteth Obafemi Awololowo University
  • Akanni Ibukun Akinyemi Obafemi Awololowo University, Nigeria
Keywords: Ageing, Costly-assumptions, Development, Nigeria


The Nigeria ageing population is becoming increasingly visible with its attendant challenges. This article attempts to set the tone for a pragmatic discourse on “costly assumptions” being made on the issue in Nigeria and its attendant challenges. This is with a view of linking the ageing agenda to a broader developmental framework. The paper adopted a reflective theoretical viewpoint with desk review of evidence and secondary data.  The paper identified critical areas of costly assumptions and challenges as it relates to the Nigerian ageing population including the changing family structure and roles for the elderly; the high burden on children; physical health-care and medical needs; poor finances and income; and the need for public intervention. The concluding remark reiterated the need to assess and recognize the reality of the social changes and the effect of these changes on the elderly, now and in the future. 

Author Biographies

Funmi Togonu-Bickersteth, Obafemi Awololowo University
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences,
Akanni Ibukun Akinyemi, Obafemi Awololowo University, Nigeria
Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Faculty of Social Sciences