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Virtual reality brings smiles to elderly in Nigeria’s retirement homes

Kunle Adewale is a visual artist who specializes in therapeutic art.

Kunle Adewale, a Nigerian artist, is bringing Virtual Reality (VR) to the homes of the elderly, allowing them to listen to and watch some of their favourite musicians and music videos through VR headsets.

At the Elderly Care Home in Lagos, a 77-year-old Onatola Onajobi uses a VR headset to watch music videos of some of his favourite musicians.

Onajobi, who used to be a Disc Jockey, claims that the VR device has allowed him to interact with music more deeply than ever before. He said VR gives him an on-stage experience.

Onajobi is not the only one having a good time. Moradeyo Ajibade, another elderly care home client, is overwhelmed with delight and memories after trying on the VR unit.

Ajibade said that he had never seen or used virtual reality before, and it was his first time. He remarked that he is energetic and happy when the songs reach his brain.

Kunle Adewale is a visual artist who specializes in therapeutic art initiatives. The 40-year-old founded Tender Arts Nigeria in 2013, a non-profit social enterprise that has carried out initiatives in India, Nigeria, South Africa, and other African countries. Following the death of his parents, Adewale made it a priority to assist seniors in living happy lives..

According to Adewale and other experts in the VR industry, the use of the technology grew throughout the COVID pandemic. The technology saw numerous restrictions imposed on it with its rising popularity. Adewale’s Art in Medicine program has also helped people with sickle cell anaemia.

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