This paper connects with understanding knowledge, as the basis for formulating a research methodology. It aims to understand the applicability of African phenomenology as an academic knowledge to real life experiences in developing countries. This paper would interpret that methodology should manifest the interest that lies in the research question and more importantly the goal it would like to fulfil. African phenomenology as a concept was discovered from the author’s research on issues on urban housing crisis in Lagos, Nigeria. This Lagos case exemplifies an African urban housing crisis situation. Kamalu (1990) argued that African philosophy possesses a strong internal system that makes it culturally independent. This implies that African philosophy can be considered as regards fundamental issues that affects the lived experience in a community. Similarly, Moran (2002) stressed that Phenomenology examines the structure of consciousness from within as well as complex conception of the nature of the historical and cultural elements of the human experience. These suggest that phenomenology has the capacity to liberate the internal attributes of African philosophy. In context of author’s work, African philosophy and phenomenology as a philosophy, possess the same characteristics as a framework underpinning a research process. As a result, this paper through a discussion of the PhD research into urban housing crisis establishes the fusion between African philosophy and phenomenology. This paper aims to express the similarities by identifying the characteristics they both possess. It proceeds to understand culture as a basic element which relates to African phenomenology. This paper also suggests that African phenomenology can be developed into a methodology that can be used to tackle research that relates specifically to the developing world issues. This is depicted in the author’s investigation into the urban housing crisis in Lagos Nigeria and further elaborated in the paper.
|Keywords:||African Phenomenology, African Philosophy, Culture, Urban Housing, Phenomenology, Methodology|
Phd Candidate and Part-time Lecturer, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK
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