Intercultural Tensions: A Review of Gone to Far

Today my wife and I and two other people went to see a Nigerian film at the Odeon cinema in Greenwich. The film directed by a Nigerian writer Bola Agbaje and directed by another Nigerian Destiny Ekaragba is one of the streams of Nigerian films being shown at Greenwich cinema. The film is about the story of two estranged Nigerian brothers meeting together after a very long time. The whole story of the film took place in one day with different interpretations and nuances of culture and ethnicity. If there is anyone message the film is trying to pass across it is about self-identity and how we are perceived by others. This was demonstrated time and time again with the two Nigerian brothers, one brought in the UK and identifying himself as Black British, while the other who only just travelled in on this particular day saw himself as an African. The ensuing tension and interrogation that developed between the two brothers gives us an insight into the intercultural tension that we see between Africans born in Britain and Continental Africans (Those that born and grew up in Africa).

Other intercultural tensions that the film highlighted cleverly are the ones that exist between African Caribbeans and Africans, Africans and Asians and Caribbean and Asians. The film showed how the different cultures and ethnicities perceive each other such as stereotypes of Nigerians as Fraudulent people and Chinese people as illegal immigrants. The genius of the film was developing the relationship between the two Nigerian brothers from misunderstanding and disliking each other to being mutually inconvenience (A term coined by Rev Dr Michael Jagessar) and embracing each other. The film in essence highlights intercultural dynamics that takes places when different cultures and ethnicities decides to engage, interrogate and interact with each other, inconveniencing each other along the way so as to arrive at something new. These are lessons and insights that are very useful for anyone involved in a multicultural, multi-ethnic churches or context!

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About israelolofinjana

Rev Israel Oluwole Olofinjana is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister and has pastored Crofton Park Baptist Church (2007-2011) and Catford Community Church (2011-2013). He is currently the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a multicultural church in south east London. He is Nigerian coming from a Pentecostal background. He holds a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and MTh from Carolina University of Theology (CUT). Israel is the editor of “Turning the Tables on Mission: Stories of Christians from the Global South in the UK” and author of “Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe” and “20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria” He has spoken in a number of conferences regarding reverse mission and Black Majority Churches (BMCs) and has also contributed to academic journals and Christian magazines on the subject of Black Majority Churches (BMC) in Britain. He is currently co-opted as a member of the Baptist Union Council. Israel is also one of the Directors of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World an initiative design to train and equip pastors and missionaries from the South. He is a member of the Global Connections council. When he is not preaching or writing he is playing with Lego! He is happily married to Lucy who works as an administrator and research co-ordinator for the Evangelical Alliance. She is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), earning a BA in Social Anthropology and International Development. Lucy loves baking and watching movies!
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