Yoruba is not a tribe, it is a nation made up of different tribes with the same history, source, basic language similiarities, folklore, customs and tradition.
The term Yoruba was the word used to address the citizens of the Oyo empire. The first textual occurence of origin the word Yoruba was found in the texts of Songhai scholars who came to the Oyo empire around the 15th century A.D.

The british were the ones who popularized the use of the word Yoruba to categorize every other Omoluabi tribes. The Ijebus, the Egbas, Ekitis, Yewa, Oyo, Ife, Owo, Akoko, Itsekiris, Ondo, Igbomina, Oworo, Awori, Ilaje, Ikale, Ketus, Sabes, Oku, Aku, Ga's, okun and olukumi are all independent tribal units within the Yoruba commonwealth.


All this Yoruba tribes are spread out in the following west African countries namely, Gambia, Sierra leone, Liberia, Ghana, Ivory coast, Togo, Benin Republic and Nigeria as indigenous people.

The olukumis and the Itsekiris in delta have been categorized as distinct ethnic groups due to political and colonial classifications but they still remain Yorubas like any other Yoruba tribes.

Awolowo will always be remembered for his love for the Yoruba nation. Awolowo was a Yoruba-Ijebu. He decided to make the Yoruba nation remain within the contraption called Nigeria during the negotiation for indpendence because he wanted to unify the Yorubas of Kwara, Kabba and the Oworos into a singular ethnic block in order to protect the Yoruba nation from exploitation and subjugation.

May Olodumare bless the entire Omoluabi nation.


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