1 1. With 36.1 million Yoruba living around the world and most residing in Nigeria, they are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa.
2 2. The Yoruba are among the most urbanized people in Africa.
3 3. The Yoruba are a people group with origins in the 7th and 8th centuries.
4 4. The people group is growing rapidly due to having the highest rate of twins in the world (4.4% of all pregnancies).
5 5. Most Yoruba men are farmers, growing yams, corn, and millet as staples; cocoa is a major cash crop. The Yoruba have also traditionally been among the most skilled and productive craftsmen of Africa. Their trades include blacksmithing, weaving, leatherworking, glassmaking, and ivory and wood carving.
6 6. Fetish worship and voodoo are very popular among the Yoruba. The traditional Yoruba religion has an elaborate hierarchy of deities, including a supreme creator and some 400 lesser gods and spirits.
7 7. Yoruba is the language spoken – a tonal language with three tones – high, mid, and low. It is one of West Africa’s most spoken languages. To say hello in Yoruba, one says “Bawo.”

8. The JESUS film has been available in Yoruba since November 1994. Watch a portion of the film in Yoruba here!



9. Today, nearly 47% of Yoruba are professing evangelical Christians. We rejoice that God has used JESUS Film teams to reach Yoruba like Joke: 

  • “I have heard about salvation but I tasted it today and experienced it for myself. God brought me to the area for the Christmas holiday. Seeing the JESUS film turned out to be the best Christmas for me. As I watched the film, I sincerely understood everything Jesus said in my language, Yoruba. I did not know Jesus could speak this language. I saw how He suffered and died for me, and gave my life to Him! Jesus has forgiven me of my sins.  I want to always live for God and follow Him. I know he will take care of my needs and aspirations.” — Joke, New believer in Nigeria
  Sources: Joshua Project, Africa-Facts, Britannica