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The Yoruba people are one of the most popular ethnic groups in West Africa and Africa at large. Also known as Àwon omo (which literarily means ‘The Children of Yoruba), the Yoruba tribe reportedly constitute over 40 million people generally, including those in Southern and Central Benin.
The Yoruba are surrounded by some minor ethnic groups in Nigeria as well as in Benin. To the northwest in Benin, they share borders with the Bariba, the Ebira to the northeast in central Nigeria, the Nupe to the north and the Edo, the Afemai and Ẹsan groups to the east in mid-western Nigeria etc.
Though the Yoruba are mostly populated in Nigeria, they also dwell (in large number) in other West African countries like Liberia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Sierra Leone.
There are two major groupings of Yoruba people in the diaspora; the first group is known as recent migrants and they are made up of Yorubas who migrated to the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1960s to 1980s as a result of major economic and political changes. The second group consists of Yorubas who were part of the Atlantic slave trade.
Ancient Yoruba practised polygyny, the men were allowed to marry more than one wife, while also treating them equally, although competitions were evident among wives in order to secure preference for their children.
Some Yoruba still practice this act, with the most popular being the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Dr. Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, who is currently married to four wives.
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