The Yoruba language is one of the three major tribes and one of the three major languages spoken in Nigeria. The Yoruba people occupy the southwestern part of Nigeria and account for 47 million out of over 200 million of the entire human population of Nigeria.
However, aside from Nigeria, there are other African countries where the Yoruba language is spoken by people of a reasonable number aside from the Yoruba Nigerians in the diaspora. These countries are Togo and the Benin Republic.
Yoruba, a language homed in the Southwest of Nigeria.
And is one of the most widely spoken languages in other part of Africa, North America, United Kingdom and Europe.
Due to the Slave Trade that occurred in the 18th century, indigene of the oruba tribe has spread around the world and have impacted in one way or the other to uplift the tribes culture and tradition.
In this article, we will list out 5 other Countries apart from Nigeria that speaks this language, which one of them has granted it as it’s official language.
1. El – Salvador
El Salvador is a North America country, that cherish Yoruba language a lot.
This country home a lot of Yoruba culture since the Yoruba slaved were concentrated in the country.
This particular country do exactly what is done in Yoruba land. They worship Sango, God of Thunder, Iyemoja, God of Water and other Yoruba Traditional practice.
Cuba which happens to be the second smallest country in the whole world also home Yoruba indigene in the country.
It is mostly spoken in the black side of the country.
Brazil happen to be one of the countries that homes predecessor of the victim of the then slave trade.
Many Yoruba indigene has marooned around in the south and north America and most of them that have love for their source have trace it back to Nigeria to continue its practices.
Ooni Ogunwusi in 2018 find his way to the authority of the Brazil republic and has made the country assigned Yoruba Language as an Official language of the country.
Brazil has the largest number of Yoruba indigenes abroad.
4. United Kingdom
Due to the fact that the British Empire are the ones that colonize Nigeria, it is worthy of note that Yoruba indigene are of high population in this country.
We gathered that it is of additional advantage for anybody that can speak Yoruba to get recruited to the British Police.
Bahia is a state in Brazil, Yoruba is one of the most widely spoken languages in this state.
It is historic because it home the PELOURINOH, the building where the Yorubas and other slaves from other western countries were kept before they are been dispersed to there merchants in the 17th century.
Other countries that speaks Yoruba are
According to Wikipedia, Yoruba is the most widely spoken language outside Nigeria and Africa. It’s been estimated that there are over 30million Yoruba primary and secondary language speakers all over the world.