Yoruba is one of the four official languages of Nigeria and is a member of the Volta-Niger branch of the Niger-Congo family of languages. It is spoken by about 22 million people in southwest Nigeria, Benin, Togo, the UK, Brazil and the USA.

Yoruba first appeared in writing during the 19th century. The first Yoruba publications were a number of teaching booklets produced by John Raban in 1830. The person who made the biggest contribution to Yoruba literacy was Bishop Ajayi Crowther, who studied many of the languages of Nigeria, including Yoruba, and wrote and translated in some of them. Crowther was also the first Christian bishop of West African origin. Yoruba orthography appeared in about 1850, though it has undergone a number of changes since then.

Yoruba is classified within the Edekiri languages, which together with the Itsekiri language and the isolate Igala form the Yoruboid group of languages within the Volta–Niger branch of the Niger–Congo family. The linguistic unity of the Niger–Congo family dates to deep prehistory, estimates ranging around the end of the Upper Paleolithic. In present-day Nigeria, it is estimated that there are over 40 million Yoruba primary and secondary language speakers and several other millions of speakers outside Nigeria making it the most widely spoken African language outside Africa


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  • Law and Contract Law
  • Patents
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  • Technology
  • Science
  • Literature
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Yoruba Proverb: “Àgbàdo inú ìgò, ó di àwòmọ́jú fún adìyẹ.” – The corns in a bottle are viewed with disdain by the hen.

Meaning: We often belittle what we can’t have.


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English – Yoruba


French – Yoruba


German – Yoruba


Spanish – Yoruba


Italian –  Yoruba





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