5 Interesting Things About The Yoruba People

5 Interesting Things About The Yoruba People

By Damilola Ojo | Jumia Blogger on July 14, 2017
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Yoruba talking drum players | Observe Nigeria
Yoruba talking drum players | Observe Nigeria

The Yoruba race is more or less a collection of diverse people bound together by language, culture and history. The Yoruba people are a distinguished people and are well-known as the home to one of Africa’s richest cultures. Here are 5 interesting things about the fun loving people of the West coast of Africa. 

The Yorubas are Among the Most Urbanized People in Africa

This is because centuries before the arrival of the British colonial administration, most Yoruba people already lived in well-structured urban centers. These centers were organized around powerful city states called ‘Ilu’, which were centered around the residence of the Oba. In other words, before the coming of the British colonial masters, the Yoruba people were already organized under the rule of their Oba.

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Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi pictured at his coronation ceremony
Yorubas are very Expressive People

This is particularly seen in the way they speak and converse with one another. It is also seen in their colourful festivals and celebrations. From wedding ceremonies, naming ceremonies, housewarming parties and even burials, you cannot deny the rich and ostentatious style and ceremonial nature of the people of the culture.

One of the Largest Ethnic Groups in Africa

This is according to the CIA World Factbook Report of 2013. The Yoruba people constitute over 40 million people found in most parts of the world, with the largest concentration in Nigeria.

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When a Child is Born in Yorubaland, the Naming Ceremony is held after 8 Days

Regardless of modernization, the people still cling dearly to most of their cultural and traditional practices, and the above traditional practice is one of them. After a period of eight days, a naming ceremony is held for a new born where close relatives are invited.

The Yoruba Language Has Many Dialects

The Yoruba language is a tonal language and is a Niger-Congo language that has the largest number of native speakers. The language has many dialects but most of its speakers are able to understand one another.

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