CultureShift: ‘Detroit We Dey’ documents the city’s Nigerian community from the ’70s to now

Filmmaker Ozi Uduma joins the show to discuss the Nigerian-American social clubs that helped the immigrant community flourish.

A photograph of Nigerian immigrants at a social gathering in Detroit in the 1980s

Still from "Detroit We Dey" by Ozi Uduma.

In “Detroit We Dey,” local filmmaker Ozi Uduma explores the history and future of a social club founded by Nigerians who immigrated to Detroit in the 1970s and ’80s. Through the establishment of the club, the group redefined community within their adopted homelands.

As time goes on, the group has had to deal with the reality of their aging membership, amplified by a global pandemic. New anxieties emerge about their traditions being lost to time, and the hope of building a sustainable future hangs in the balance.

Uduma spoke with CultureShift about the film, its legacy and the current generational differences within Nigerian-American culture.

Listen: “Detroit We Dey” documents of the city’s Nigerian community from the ’70s to now

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.