Yoruba is a language spoken in West Africa and it is homed in the Southwestern part of Nigeria. The number of speakers of Yoruba is estimated between 30 and 40 million. It is a pluricentric language spoken principally in Nigeria and Benin, with communities in Sierra Leone, Liberia, other parts of Africa, the Americas, and Europe. The non-vernacular remains of the language in the Caribbean, Lucumi, is the liturgical language of the Santería religion of the region. Many Yoruba words are used in the Afro-Brazilian religion known as Candomblé. Yoruba language remants are also used in many other Afro-American religions in the Americas and the Caribbean.
Due to the effect of the Trans – Atlantic Slave Trade that occurred in the 18 century, sons and daughters of the Yoruba kingdom 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’re going to list out 5 Foreign Countries that speaks this language;
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.
2. 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 (Xango), Iyemoja, God of Water (Lemanja) 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.
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 pelourinho, 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.
5. United Kingdom
Since the British Empire are the ones that colonize Nigeria, it is worthy of note that Yoruba indigene are of high population in this country. It is of additional advantage for anybody that can speak Yoruba to get recruited to the British Police.
Other countries that speaks Yoruba are Togo, Benin Republic, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Gambia, North America, Europe, and the Caribbean Islands.