The yoruba from prehistory to the present

Aribidesi Usman, Toyin Falola

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The Yoruba are one of the largest ethnic groups in West Africa, with significant populations in Nigeria, Benin and Togo, as well as a sizeable diasporic community around the world. By considering the art, religion, economics and political systems of the Yoruba, Aribidesi Usman and Toyin Falola chart the history of the Yoruba through the lens of the group's diverse and dynamic cultural and social practices. Using archaeological data, oral, and archival sources alongside rarely-discussed local histories Usman and Falola form a rich and detailed picture of the Yoruba from a period of early occupation and agriculture, the growth of complex societies and empires, the turbulent colonial period to the present day, constructing a comprehensive account of Yoruba history brought together in a single volume.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages496
ISBN (Electronic)9781107587656
ISBN (Print)9781107064607
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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