There was a conflict, and shortly afterwards I found myself reading about Hofstede. Some of you will know that Hofstede came up with a set of cultural dimensions to help understand how people from different cultures communicate and relate to each other. Now I had read the theory in the past, but then I came across a website which ranks different countries and it is fascinating, I really encourage you to take a look and notice how different even neighbouring countries are to one another, UK and Ireland for example. Read about Hofstede here.
I am probably something like this
Anyway my interest of course is Nigeria where I find myself, and the UK, where I have become the person I am. The main differences I notice between Nigeria and the UK are the Power Distance (PD), and Individualism (IDV). This basically means peoples ability to challenge authority and whether they behave as an individual or as a group. The UK has a PD figure of 30 compared to 72 in Nigeria, and an IDV figure of 85 compared to 15 in Nigeria. In low individualism countries “harmony may be more important than honesty.” Being an individual I chose to challenge the power rather than maintain the harmony this resulted in CONFLICT! Check out your country here
The people I am working with are probably something like this!
There is even a place on the website where you can compare where you are from with where you are working, check here.
I was until recently a VSO volunteer working at Nigeria Environment Study Action Team in Ibadan.
I have just returned to the UK (Nov 2011).
This blog aims to give my friends and family an insight into my life, so feedback is welcome!
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Thank you for praying for me, please keep it up and remember my friends and family who miss me at home.
Please pray now for settling into my work, making friends and finding a church where I feel comfortable.
Please remember Nigeria in your prayers, the now late President died last week and the former Acting President Goodluck Jonathan has been sworn in as President. There will be elections next year, and there is still trouble in Jos, all be it much quieter, but there is still a curfew from 6pm to 6am.