This chapter details the considerably altered anthropological path that led the author to New York City to witness the West African immigrant social and cultural formations that fired his intellectual curiosity. How could he make sense of West Africans in New York City? He discovered that the West African immigrants that he had once befriended had evidently become prime players in urban theaters of social complexity. They had constructed, reinforced, abandoned, and reconstructed a variety of personal and economic networks that cut across New York City's already highly complex ethnic landscape.
Keywords: New York City, West African immigrants, social formation, cultural formation, social complexity