As one of the concepts in the study of culture, culture resilience, x-rays the way, elements of a peoples culture, last overtime amidst significant socio-cultural changes. Culture resilience can be positive when it preserves the rich heritage of a people; It can as well take a negative form, when a people, amidst positive socio-cultural changes, hold on to certain practices that negate human advancement – even to their own detriment. This seems the case with river-based open defecation in riverine communities in Nigeria, particularly in the Niger Delta region.

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