The Split Of The Yoruba Ethnic Group

2363 Words Dec 4th, 2014 10 Pages
Ian Borzain
Professer Graves
December 2, 2014
The split of the Yoruba ethnic group and the resulting impact on the region as outcome of the establishment of the border between Benin and Nigeria. French and British colonial governments have established these borders, actively splitting the Yoruba tribes, creating a divide that hasn’t existed before. A direct consequence has been a dramatic shift in relationships of power and reduced trans-border trade, dramatically shifting economic opportunities. The split has seen positive and negative impacts on the two states as a whole and the division of the Yoruba ethnic group into two different states benefited them on a global scale as far as trans-country trade.
The term Yoruba is a relatively new term to describe the unification of several groups linked by commonality. Yoruba combines many people to one unified group of people from several regions. The Yoruba ethnic groups unions the cultural, religion and beliefs into one uniform, harmonious group.
“There were no Yoruba-that is, no one who would have said "I am Yoruba"-before the early 19th century. As one writer has perhaps overzealously phrased the matter, "the word 'Yoruba ' was nothing short of pure Greek to no less than 99% of the people now called Yorubas, when they first heard it being used for them as a common name. The peoples of southwestern Nigeria, the Benin Republic, and Togo who are today referred to by scholars as "the Yoruba" were, until the…

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