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Yoruba speaking countries

Yoruba is no official language in any country, but is spoken as a mother tongue in two countries by a minor part of the population. The Yoruba language (native name: Yorùbá) has its roots in the Niger–Congo language family.

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 21 percent is in Nigeria. A total of about 47.3 million people worldwide speak Yoruba as their mother tongue.
Distribution Yoruba

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
NigeriaWestern Africano21.4 %45,668,000
BeninWestern Africano12.2 %1,586,000

Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers — not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Yoruba as a subsequently learned language is not the subject of this page. Countries where native speakers make up only a few thousand, or even a few hundred people, or countries with a percentage well below 1% are unlikely to be listed here.