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Yoruba speaking countries

Yoruba is no official language in any country, but is spoken as mother tongue in 2 countries by a minor part of the population. The Yoruba language (native name: Yorùbá) has its roots in the Niger–Congo language family.

With a share of around 21%, it is most widespread in Nigeria. A total of about 45.6 m people worldwide speak Yoruba as their mother tongue.

Distribution Yoruba

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
NigeriaWestern Africano21.4 %44,114,000
BeninWestern Africano12.2 %1,479,000



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 maybe not listed here.