n African Renaissance - Slavery, identity, and ethnicity : an examination of the social contour of the Yoruba in Africa and in the Diaspora

Volume 7 Number 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


This essay examines the social construction of the Yoruba people in Nigeria, with a special focus on their ethnic identity and cultural distinction as well as whether they maintained this culture in the Diaspora. The study will also attempt to demonstrate how ethnic diversity played a significant role in determining the nature of slaves exported overseas. In order to affirm the aforementioned ethos, we will attempt to trace any surviving vestige of Yoruba culture and heritage in the Diaspora, including language, religion, and any other identifiable trail of Yoruba tradition exported with them as slaves.

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