1979 Views

Yoruba People History and Culture

Yoruba people and culture

Yoruba people live mostly in Southwestern Nigeria. They have developed a variety of different artistic forms including pottery, weaving, beadwork, metalwork, and mask making.  Most artwork is made to honour the gods and ancestors and since there are more than 401 known gods to the Yoruba there is much sculpture and artwork made.

History

 

The Yorubas originated from Ile-Ife, arose and became quite popular by their trading with the Portuguese, which gave them a large supply of guns.

However, they were unable to push back the Fulani who invaded them and pushed much of the Yoruba to the south.

In the late 1800s, the Yorubas formed a treaty with the Fulani and in 1901 they were colonized by the British. Because of their enmity with the Fulani who are the great Islam evangelists, most of the Yoruba people do not hold to Islam but instead worship many of the gods and spirits that the Yoruba hold to.

Economically, Yoruba people primarily engage in agriculture, with about 15% of the people employed as merchants or artists and craftsman.

One of the features that make Yoruba people unique is their tendency to form into large city groups instead of small village groups. The Yorubas are today one of the three main ethnic groups that make up Nigeria. They can also be found in neighbouring countries.

People & Culture

Yoruba People

Yoruba people are a large ethno-linguistic group or ethnic nation in Africa, and the majority of them speak the Yoruba language. The Yoruba constitute approximately 21 percent of Nigeria’s total population, and around 40 million individuals throughout the region of West Africa. While the majority of the Yoruba live in western Nigeria, there are also substantial indigenous Yoruba communities in Benin, Ghana, Togo and the Caribbean.

ALSO READ  When Fashion Collides With Religion And Culture (+Photos)

A significant percentage of Africans enslaved during the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade in the Americas managed to maintain the Yoruba spiritual religion known as Aborisha.

Indeed, the initiation and practice of Aborisha spiritual religion offers a route to all people of African descent, who were victims of slave trade in the Americas or the Caribbean, to make claim to Yoruba heritage.

The Yorubas are the main ethnic group in the states of Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, and Oyo, which are subdivisions of Nigeria; they also constitute a sizable proportion of Kwara and Kogi States as well as Edo State.

 

Major towns and cities

Traditionally, the Yorubas organized themselves into networks of related villages, towns and kingdoms; with most of them headed by an Oba (King) or Baale (a nobleman or mayor). The main Yoruba cities and towns are Ile-Ife,Ibadan, Lagos, Ijebu Ode, Abeokuta, Akure, Ilorin, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogbomosho, Ondo, Badagri, Ado-Ekiti, Osogbo, Ilesa, Oyo, Owo, Kabba, Offa, Ilesa, Ilobu, Ede etc. There are other Yoruba cities and towns such as Ketu, Sabe, Dassa and others in Republic of Benin.

There are other towns and cities with historical affiliation with the Yoruba people because they share one or more similarities together. Some of these cities and towns are Benin city, Warri, Auchi, Okene etc.

 

 

Source: cometonigeria.com

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest Posts

iPhone XS Max: All You Need to Know About the Biggest and Most Expensive iPhone Ever
Technology
52 views
Technology
52 views

iPhone XS Max: All You Need to Know About the Biggest and Most Expensive iPhone Ever

MT - September 18, 2018

The legendary co-founder of Apple, Inc., Steve Jobs, detested big phones and wouldn’t produce them. His successor, Tim Cook, apparently felt differently; borrowed a leaf from Samsung’s…

Top 7 Most Beautiful Ladies In Nigeria
Best of Nigeria
1276 views
Best of Nigeria
1276 views

Top 7 Most Beautiful Ladies In Nigeria

MT - September 18, 2018

There are a lot of girls with the brilliant faces, who work as models and get the titles on various model competitions. So who is the most…

Check Out Top 7 Most Expensive Places To Live In Lagos
Holiday and Travels
1249 views
Holiday and Travels
1249 views

Check Out Top 7 Most Expensive Places To Live In Lagos

MT - September 18, 2018

With property and living costs on the rise, expensive estates springing up in all parts of the city, the development of Lagos into a mega city has…

Check Out The List Of Top 7 Celebrities Who Were Allegedly Ruined By Drugs And Alcohol
Entertainment
772 views
Entertainment
772 views

Check Out The List Of Top 7 Celebrities Who Were Allegedly Ruined By Drugs And Alcohol

MT - September 18, 2018

Here is a list of top 7 celebrities who were ruined by alcohol and drugs by Fabinfos.com. This stars got themselves addicted in alcohol and drugs, ending…

Amazing: SEE The Beautiful Mini Jeep Made By A Nigerian Man, Andy Acka (Photos)
Best of Nigeria
75 views
Best of Nigeria
75 views

Amazing: SEE The Beautiful Mini Jeep Made By A Nigerian Man, Andy Acka (Photos)

MT - September 18, 2018

Nigerians need no introduction as they excel beyond expectations anywhere they are in the world. An average Nigerian is smart, tenacious and can see inspiration in what…

Meet The Man Who Rode Bicycle From Morocco To Nigeria (Photos)
Inspiring
56 views
Inspiring
56 views

Meet The Man Who Rode Bicycle From Morocco To Nigeria (Photos)

MT - September 18, 2018

A cyclist who is reported to be a Moroccan has ridden his bicycle from Morocco to Nigeria and is set to embark on a new journey to…

Adorable Video Of A 7-Year-Old Girl Bathing Her Newly Born Sibling
Inspiring
64 views
Inspiring
64 views

Adorable Video Of A 7-Year-Old Girl Bathing Her Newly Born Sibling

MT - September 18, 2018

This trending video of a 7 year old girl bathing her newly born sibling was shared by the father of the children on Facebook. Nigerians on social…

REVEALED: How Ex-President Obasanjo Ran NNPC As ‘One-Man Business’ For Good 8 Years
Business
56 views
Business
56 views

REVEALED: How Ex-President Obasanjo Ran NNPC As ‘One-Man Business’ For Good 8 Years

PH - September 18, 2018

A new book has told of how ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo ran the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as a “sole administrator” for the eight years he led…

Full List of the 2018 AWIEF Awards Finailists
Business
57 views
Business
57 views

Full List of the 2018 AWIEF Awards Finailists

PH - September 18, 2018

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has officially announced the finalists for AWIEF Awards 2018. The aim of the AWIEF Awards is to promote excellence in entrepreneurship…

“These Are Very Challenging Times For Our Country” – New Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed
Business
71 views
Business
71 views

“These Are Very Challenging Times For Our Country” – New Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed

PH - September 18, 2018

Newly appointed overseer of the finance ministry Zainab Ahmed who takes over from Kemi Adeosun assumed office on Monday. Adeosun resigned after it was revealed her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate was forged.…

WATCH: This BBC Documentary Follows Children Sold To Repay Debts In Cross River
Art, History and Culture
54 views
Art, History and Culture
54 views

WATCH: This BBC Documentary Follows Children Sold To Repay Debts In Cross River

PH - September 18, 2018

It had sounded bizarre the first times news of it broke in the media, and it sounds bizarre still: children sold off to repay debts. A culture…

7 Sure Ways To Keep Your Bank Account Secure
Best of Nigeria
70 views
Best of Nigeria
70 views

7 Sure Ways To Keep Your Bank Account Secure

MT - September 18, 2018

The risk of a fraudster accessing your bank account through the card you use at the ATM or a shop terminal is very real. In fact, card…

Why I Will Stop My Daughter From Acting – Veteran Actress, Monalisa Chinda Reveals
Entertainment
73 views
Entertainment
73 views

Why I Will Stop My Daughter From Acting – Veteran Actress, Monalisa Chinda Reveals

MT - September 18, 2018

The joy of every parent is to see his or her child walk in his or her footsteps or choose the same career after them, but for…

In Photos: Davido Lies Flat On The Floor To Greet Uncle, Senator Ademola Adeleke After Campaigning In Osun
Entertainment
104 views
Entertainment
104 views

In Photos: Davido Lies Flat On The Floor To Greet Uncle, Senator Ademola Adeleke After Campaigning In Osun

MT - September 18, 2018

Apart from being a strong supporter of the gubernatorial ambition of his uncle, Ademola Adeleke, pop star, Davido is also very fond of the man. Apparently! The…

How I Raised $1 Million To Free My Brother From Kidnapper Evans
Politics
84 views
Politics
84 views

How I Raised $1 Million To Free My Brother From Kidnapper Evans

PH - September 18, 2018

Mr Edwin Udoji, a witness in the on-going trial of billionaire kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike,alias Evans, yesterday told a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere how he raised…

Top 7 Best Private And Government Hospitals in Nigeria
Best of Nigeria
1385 views
Best of Nigeria
1385 views

Top 7 Best Private And Government Hospitals in Nigeria

MT - September 17, 2018

You will definitely agree with me that the Nigeria health sector has been seriously dilapidated and this has really debilitated the well-being of average Nigeria. Though our…

Lagos Ranked 8th Most Expensive City In Africa, 47th In The World; According to Mercer
Best of Nigeria
98 views
Best of Nigeria
98 views

Lagos Ranked 8th Most Expensive City In Africa, 47th In The World; According to Mercer

MT - September 17, 2018

Lagos has been ranked 42nd most expensive city to live in the world and 8th in Africa in a 2018 global cost of living survey by mercer.…

WATCH “I Am Nigerian” Documentary Series
Business
96 views
Business
96 views

WATCH “I Am Nigerian” Documentary Series

PH - September 17, 2018

Nothing depicts Lagos better than its yellow buses and their conductors. But not nearly enough is known about these people. I Am Nigerian, a documentary series, gives…

Loading...