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 (yôr′ə-bə, yō-ro͝o-bä′)
n. pl. Yoruba or Yo·ru·bas
1. A member of a West African people living chiefly in southwest Nigeria.
2. The Benue-Congo language of this people.

Yo′ru·ban adj.


npl -bas or -ba
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of W Africa, living chiefly in the coastal regions of SW Nigeria: noted for their former city-states and complex material culture, particularly as evidenced in their music, art, and sculpture
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo family
ˈYoruban adj


(ˈyɔr ə bə, ˈyoʊr-)

n., pl. -bas, (esp. collectively) -ba.
1. a member of an African people or group of peoples of SW Nigeria, Benin, and Togo.
2. the Kwa language of the Yoruba.
Yo′ru•ban, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Yoruba - a member of a West African people living chiefly in southwestern Nigeria
Nigerian - a native or inhabitant of Nigeria
2.Yoruba - a Kwa language spoken by the Yoruba in southwestern Nigeria
Kwa - a group of African language in the Niger-Congo group spoken from the Ivory Coast east to Nigeria
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He said that Americans, Europeans and Asians now study and earn degrees in Yoruba culture, meaning the Yorubas need to preserve the culture to fully realise the potential of the nation.
Don't look at the primitive way of our doing things as shown in our movies but to let you know as Yorubas or Nigerians or Africans, we have our own ways or solution of solving our own problems.
This study aims to compute facial biometrics of Yorubas of Osun State of Nigeria using a novel Akinlolu-Raji image-processing algorithm.
Of course, the themes addressed in the book have been amply treated in the existing literature, indeed, since the publication of Samuel Johnson's groundbreaking book, The History of the Yorubas, nearly a century ago.
In Africa's Forest and Jungle: Six Years Among the Yorubas.
Peel shows through missionary records that Yorubas were always searching for new resources to build social stability and mobility, and interpreting and reinventing existing ones.
The complex religious and philosophical system of the Yorubas date back thousands of years and, as a result of diaspora, has become influential throughout the Caribbean, many areas of Latin America and increasingly in North America and Europe.
Nowadays there are around twenty-five million Yorubas in the world; most of them live in West Nigeria, Togo, the Benin Republic, Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
He argues that Yorubas have a three-part view of a person.
The Brazilian blacks came from various ethnic backgrounds in Africa, among which were the Yorubas, the Hausas and the Jejes from West Africa, and the Bantu from Southern Africa.
The Hausas dominate Nigeria's north while the Yorubas are the main tribe in the southwest of the country.