Selma is an historic film.
A friend asked if I had seen Selma, coincidently I was just reading an academic review of it which I enjoyed. She proceeded to talk about her views of the movie as compelling so to help put race issues in perspective.
Last Saturday was tight so I suggested we find a mutually convenient day to see it together. She proceeded to say it was nice to see a British actor having a lead role in an important film such as Selma.
“Which one was British actor?” I asked.
“David Oyelowo” she responded and continued to talk about how great David was in the movie.
See my friend is a fellow West African but had no clue which is which when our names are called.
So I said, “Really, David Oyelowo is an English actor?”
“Yes, he is British with Nigerian parents” She responded.
Because it was very early on a Saturday morning and I could tell she hasn’t seen my point yet so I brought up Michael Adebolajo who was born in Lambeth, London and grew up there. I remember when the news of his murder of British Army Lee Rigby first broke out, it was reported as Nigerian although he was born and raised in London.
To Adebowale and Adebolajo, my friend said they were Nigerian British but David is British born to Nigerian parents. Interesting.
Fair enough, bad egg will always put their origin in to shame.
Now, she got my point so I pointed her here to learn how to pronounce Oyelowo according to Brad Pitt. It was nice to see people making efforts to pronounce unusual names correctly.
It was after I logged off chat that I can relate fully to Maz Jobrani’s Tedtalk speech. The clip is hilarious but the related part starts from 5:21