Kingsley Ogoro’s Osuofia in London (2003)


London’s McDonalds does not carry Nigerian soup what kind of food join is this? In Kingsley Ogoro’s Osuofia in London (2003) a popular Nollywood film lets a Nigerian father who is used to hunting food to feed his family loose in London. The comedy is about a man Osuofia who has learned his brother who once lived in Nigeria and has since moved to London has passed away and left his inheritance to him. In order to collect the inheritance Osuofia must leave his small village in Nigeria and travel to London and the differences between cultures clearly seen as Osuofia has no idea what to expect of London.

The British accents, different foods, and troubles catching pidgins causes all affect Osuofia on his journey. The sunburned man who believes he is always correct is put into the harsh sunburned environment of London dealing with the snobby British people.

In this film we are able to see the major differences between third world countries and first world countries. In Nigeria there are not restaurants and in order to get food one must hunt and gather for the most part. In London Osuofia sees a great deal of cultural differences and one is that he cannot order soup at McDonalds and when he can’t he becomes very frustrated. He also is unable to understand the dialect of the British people and believes they are not opening their mouths when they speak. Then he notices the dress of young women, when he notices a young teenage girl smoking cigarettes wearing a short revealing skirt he rushes to her to cover her up and upon doing so is smacked in the face. Osuofia is unaware of these cultural differences and it is hard for him to understand the Western civilization.

I thought this film was very good and the low budget corny aspect of the film made it even funnier. In Nigeria this film is looked at as a very good film and in the US we see how terrible it really is but still enjoy it due to the comedy and understanding of the culture in Nigeria. I would like to watch the sequel to this film because I thought for an African film on such a low budget it was very well done minus the few scenes where the boom dropped in scene. I can clearly see how this film has done well national and internationally.

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