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For almost 1,500 years, the Yoruba have lived in advanced urban kingdoms. They built a flourishing economy by farming, trading, and creating art. Their excellent and distinctive artistic traditions include woodcarving, sculpting, beadwork and painting
The Yoruba people (Ìran Yorùbá, Ọmọ Odùduwà, Ọmọ Káàárọ̀-oòjíire), are situated on the west coast of Africa in Nigeria, as well as in the eastern Republics of Benin and Togo. Yoruba ancestors can be found in Brazil, Cuba, the Caribbean, and the United States because the majority of slaves carried to the Americas originated from West Africa. Because Nigeria was originally a British colony, many Yoruba people now live in Europe, notably in the United Kingdom. The Yoruba are one of Africa’s major cultural groupings. There are around 80 million Yoruba people worldwide today.