By I.B Bright

Diasporas in mainstream society are susceptible to inferiorisation. This issue has been in currency right from the time minority groups develop desire for immigrating to other nations around the globe in search of greener pasture.Sometimes immigrants find themselves in a location they do not negotiate for, this is to say through coercion emigration can happen. The biblical story of Joseph is germane to this. In this reading, the life of Joseph in Egypt can be studied using a twofold approach.

The first can be read as Joseph as a slave, while the other Joseph as a prime minister. In the first reading, Joseph is reduced toa common chore boy. This mirrors that his position is within the debris of the common beings who are pigeonholed to a monolithic position with daily exhibition of robotic routines. His prowess, versatility and ubiquitous status of beings .are not needed by the Master.  What is of use to the Master is his ability to function in a circular position. With his consistency in playing the programme drole, he earns promotion of acircular invisibility.

In this position, he is conditioned to a similar position of some Muslims house wives whom are in existence without popular visibility to the society. Like them, immigrants in the mainstream society always face sandwichment: the case of narrowness and claustrophobic, spatial inhabitation.

The second phase of Joseph in the land of Egypt is an ungraded story that pyramids in plot and setting of imprisonment to prime ministricism. This second contemplation sharply contradicts the first, as Joseph acclitivisely achieves a status that winshima a national and a global visibility. One would wonderhow this come to play because the usual voicelessness and facelessness of immigrants in mainstream society is forestall for themanifestation of the opposite.  What burgeons this can be understood differently and seen from an array of perspectives.

However, within the range of common sense and critical study of relationship between the Centre and the Other, it is obvious that mainstream society is always in search of capable hand and head that can solve its difficult problems. In this reading, it is understood from the biblical story that all means to solve the great king’s problem areexhausted and the lives of some of his men are at stake, as they are in a drastic situation that needs a fast acting solution.

With them being pushed to the wall, and with Joseph having a kind of mathematicalformula that can solve their difficult in kind simultaneous equation, he is brought to visibility. Pharaoh,knowing that Joseph has more in reservoir, awards him a national and a global visibility. This is also relevant to immigrantsin mainstreamsociety; the Centre always incorporates the best among them. So,once an immigrant proves himself a genius of quality, mainstream society will inevitably devise means to hyphenate his originality and nationality. This is usually the real passport that can be true enough in terms of definition of citizenship that accords with the mainstream society’s conception.

Succinctly, the issue of narrow existence and invisibility militating against immigrants in host countries gain a solid grand, partly, because of the nationalistic orientation of the native citizens. It can also be construed asone of the ways mainstream societies protect their investments against undeserving agents.

With the two reasons above, immigrantsin host countries may inescapably continue to wallow in darkpool of shadows without the visibility of their image except if they struggle to be extraordinary.


About the author

Bada Yusuf Amoo