Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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Lamont Goes African 

Lamont looks to reinvent himself by adopting an African name and lifestyle.



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Fred is stunned when Lamont comes home from work to inform him that they are both in for a lifestyle change, explaining that he has chosen to embrace his African heritage. He changes his clothes, decorates the house with African masks, gives himself the name Kalunda (deeming Lamont to be a slave name) and forbids any kind of pork product to be served. One night, he invites two guests to the house, Rollo - now named Oyamo - and a Nigerian woman named Olayia who takes a liking to Fred but is appalled by Lamont's disrespect for his father. She reminds Lamont that his heritage is not merely a matter of new clothes and new names but is a matter of changing the heart as well. After they leave, Fred casually calls Lamont by his African name, but discouraged Lamont simply says "The name is Lamont." Written by Jerry Roberts

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19 January 1973 (USA)  »

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Fred said he didn't care if Lamont's imported dashiki came from Haile Selassie's closet. Haile Selassie (1892-1975) was the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1975. He is revered by Rastafarians as a messianic figure. Mention is also made of Spiro Agnew. When this episode first aired, Spiro Agnew (1918-96) was serving as vice-president under Nixon. He resigned in October 1973 from scandals stemming back to his years as governor of Maryland and was succeeded by Gerald Ford. See more »


When Lamont announces he's changing his name to Kalunda, Fred responds that Lamont is crazy if he thinks Fred's changing the sign outside from "Sanford & Son" to "Sanford & Kalunda". In reality there is no need to change the sign from "Sanford & Son". Regardless of whether he's named Lamont or Kalunda, he's still Fred's son. See more »


Fred G. Sanford: [Lamont lays down the law to his lazy father] We gonna get some oojima in this house starting today.
Fred G. Sanford: [Puzzled] Some who?
Lamont Sanford: Some oojima.
Fred G. Sanford: [Turning to his friend] Bubba, you ever hear of oojima?
Bubba Bexley: No, but I know Big Jima.
Fred G. Sanford: Yeah, she's the stripper over at that topless joint.
Bubba Bexley: [Both men clap their hands and laugh] Yeah!
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References Columbo (1971) See more »


Some of These Days
Written by Shelton Brooks
Performed by Redd Foxx
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Paula Kelly as Olaiya
16 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Lamont Goes African" opens with Fred and Bubba watching TV as usual, while Lamont intends to bring his life of leisure to avoid working to an end. His Swahili language inspires Fred to answer in pig Latin! A dashiki only earns Lamont more ridicule from his father, no longer answering to the 'slave name' of Lamont, going by the Congolese name Kalunda. His Nigerian sister is Olaiya (Paula Kelly), while 'Oyamo' turns out to be Rollo, which Fred sees through: "if there's some money to be made, Rollo would become an Eskimo!" Olaiya is a lovely lady, who watches and disapproves of the way that 'Kalunda' treats his father, which finally restores Lamont to his old self. Fred winds up wearing the African shirt himself: "I look chic in my dashiki!" Paula Kelly was always a shining light in every film she made.

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