American And Nigerian Culture Essay

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     American and Nigerian cultures are alike in some aspects of life, while being dissimilar in other aspects. This idea is clearly exemplified when one compares their own experience and knowledge of culture in America to that description and portrayal of Nigerian culture as seen through Buchi Emecheta's novel, The Wrestling Match.      Both of our societies can be looked at as parallel in how teenagers are typically stereotyped, rivalry among towns/villages, and the attainment of manhood or maturity through experiences or accomplishments.      Contrary to the similarity of the cultures, there are also some basic differences. One of the main distinctions…show more content…
Lastly, Okei's ( Okei is a teen who lives in Igbuno and is the novel's main character) Uncle Obi Agiliga is convinced that the teenagers of Igbuno are setting an terrible immoral example for the upcoming generation.      How many teenagers in our society have not had an immediate finger of blame pointed at them when something happens or goes wrong? How many of us have not been told what a terrible example we are setting for our younger siblings? Teenagers seem to be synonymous with rude, obnoxious, and difficult, stubborn, etc.      Another similarity of cultures gleaned from Emecheta's writing is reaction to rivalry. A very important event to the villages in the novel was the wrestling match which pits the Akpei Uma aya Biafra against the Igbuno Uma aya Baifra. There is much preparation of the athletes and many people attend. In addition, at the market, the Akpei people would not purchase produce from Josephine Kwutelu and other girls also from Igbuno since they are from the competitors' side.      A similar event we have right here in the Pennridge Community is the annual Pennridge -Quakertown Football game. It generates quite a rivalry, much time is spent in preparation and many many people attend.      Finally, in both Nigerian and American cultures, it is perceived that manhood is
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