The Yoruba are the largest cultural group on the African continent, with nearly 40 million people. The word'Yoruba' describes both the language and a tribe living across Nigeria and the Popular Republic of Benin, in an area of forest and savannah.
Geography The Yoruba people's primary living space is South-West Nigeria with substantial Yoruba communities in Benin, Togo and Sierra Leone but they are not bound by state or country borders. This area is often referred to as "Yorubaland". Most of the terrain is either forest, woodland savannah, rich farmland or coastal swamps and lagoons. History The origin of the Yoruba people in Nigeria is heavily debated.Some believe they came from the east in Mecca, some say from the north in Egypt. Evidence shows that ethnically, Yoruba's have been in the area known as Yorubaland since the 7th century BC. Scholars believe the area was probably inhabited earlier by peoples of the Nok culture. Yorubaland covers the modern-day countries of Nigeria, Togo and Benin. The term Yoruba to describe ethnicity, did not come about until the 16th century and wasn't widely used until the 19th century.
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