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November 16 , 2008

The Man from Africa

The Cultural Differences Experienced by an African Immigrant Living in the United States


In his memoir, The Man from Africa, author Christopher Osagie describes the cultural differences that he experienced when he moved from Africa to the United States. In spite of these differences, he adjusts to his new life and learns to appreciate the higher moral standards in his new country. From being a pest control technician to becoming a poultry specialist, he demonstrates the abundance of opportunities available to anyone who is ready and willing to work very hard.

In Nigeria, as in many other African countries, immigrating to the United States is a common dream. The United States is usually referred to as “God’s own country” because of the perceived limitless opportunities available to all those willing to work hard in order to achieve their individual ambitions. Consequently, Nigerians with successful careers—even established professionals, such as medical doctors, lawyers, and engineers—have chosen to leave behind all that they have achieved in order to immigrate to the United States, where they believe they will have the opportunity to attain even more.

The Man from Africa was written to enlighten new immigrants from other countries in Africa and from all over the world about what to expect if they choose to immigrate to the United States.

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