Nigerian NYC is centered in East New York in Brooklyn, Concord-Fox Hills in Staten Island, and Unionburg-Newark Heights in New Jersey.
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Nigerian Yoruba culture dominates the African Americas. Yoruba griot traditions (traveling storytellers) have even entered American folk culture. It’s so dominant that it’s easy to assume that Yoruba culture represents Africa. Yet Yorubaland is a tiny part of the African continent.
The Yoruba traditions Americans know best are Cuban and Caribbean. They are based on the Indigenous African traditions, but are not the same. They are blended with American traditions.
And Yoruba is not the only culture of Nigeria. Over 500 languages are spoken there. It’s an incredibly rich and diverse country.
Nigerian NYC is much bigger than what we have on these pages. It’s challenging to categorize African culture. There is the Indigenous culture of Nigeria and the culture of the Nigerian diaspora in the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe.
So when a Cuban drummer like Pedrito Martínez plays an Nigerian rhythm in New York City, is it American, Cuban or Nigerian? It’s a mix of all of the above. Anyway, we are working on it.