It is estimated that there are at least 31.7 million Yoruba speakers in the world. The vast majority of these people live in Nigeria. There are also several hundred thousand Yoruba speakers in Ghana, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and even the United States. Similarly, there are growing Yoruba communities throughout the rest of the world, including the United Kingdom, Togo, Niger, Equatorial Guinea, Burkino Faso, Greece, Norway and Canada. It may not be an official language, but its wide footprint, and the fact that it is more commonly spoken than Nigeria’s official language (which is English), means that it is of significant importance to the people of Africa.
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Yoruba belongs to the Edekiri sect of languages, which is blanketed under the Yoruboid group of languages. It’s one of the oldest vernacular groups in the world and has been traced back as far as 4BC.
There are an estimated 26 different dialects that are distributed over three primary areas: Northwest Yoruba, Southeast Yoruba and Central Yoruba. Standard Yoruba is considered a dialect all on its own. Standard Yoruba is what is taught at schools and what you’ll hear on TV and radio newscasts. It’s also the official written version of the language.
When it comes to writing Yoruba, the Latin alphabet is used, but that is thanks to the influence of missionaries. Originally, Yoruba was written in a form of Arabic called Ajami script.
Like the majority of African languages, Yoruba is tonal, with high, mid and low tones, as well as an astounding degree of combinations that result in a rising and falling tones.