The Yoruba are a multinational ethnic group, with an estimated population of more than 40 million in Nigeria, Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad and other countries.
Yoruba religious, musical and culinary traditions are amongst the most well-known cultural patrimonies in the world. Yoruba culture has contributed foundational elements including the Orisa, Candomble and Santeria religious faiths, Juju music, Afrobeat, samba, salsa, afoxe and Latin music, and foods including akara, amala and Moimoi to West African, Caribbean and Latin American cultures.
The celebrated Ife Bronze and Terracotta, one of Africa's best-known sculptural traditions, were produced in the ancient Yoruba city-state of Ile-Ife between 1000-1400 AD.
Africa's first Anglican bishop, Samuel Ajayi Crowther, was a Yoruba man of Oyo and Ketu parentage. He received his doctorate in divinity from Oxford University in 1864.
The founder of Nigeria's first political party was a Yoruba man named Herbert Macauley.
Wole Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, is a Yoruba man.
The first museum to be established in Nigeria is in Esie, Kwara State.