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Excuse Me, Why Are The Yorubas So Dominance And Effective In 9ja & Abroad?

I might be wrong, but I doubt it! Kinda noticed that the Yoruba language is the most spoken language in Nigeria and abroad besides English lang. Don't know the population of this tribe, but boy, they're every where!

Even the Nollywood Igbo superstars tend to speak this language too. Saw some of them in some Yoruba movies; they're very fluent in speaking it. Back in London and the USA, their govts are proposing introducing this language to their syllabuses.

Again, I noticed that any Nigerian Artists that does'nt include Yoruba in the lyrics of their songs is like an accident waiting to happen. Although Timaya's got his own style, he's beginning to see why he must atleast put some of the Yoruba lyrics in his song.

Why Yoruba?

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^^^^^

gbammmm

well said

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Sheer nonsensical arrogance. Pride goes before a fall.

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am fed up with nairaland and ignorant people, yoruba is dominant in yoruba lands which include lagos, igbos is dominant in igbo land but hausa seems to be the most dominant language considering the population and the use of hausa in bbc . as for abroad i know igbo is more popualr in countries like u.s,canada, finland ,yoruba maybe be more popular in u.kand anyother place they have a high number of yoruba immigrants , this thread makes no sense.

music industry however use all the various languages and none can be said to be dominant ,artist that record in the west may use more of yoruba than others while artist that record in the east may use more of igbo. the first time i actually heard someone speaking yoruba is when i travelled to ogun state and lagos as a child besides that the languages i use to hear in the east wer igbo ,a little hause cause of various suya men security men and money exchanger which wer mostly from the north , and then efik/ibibio.

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You all have spoken well. I have travelled to majority of the eastern part of Nigeria and the dorminant language there is igbo. Infact, there is no other language there outside igbo as you have to protest before anyone will talk to you in english. same thing is applicable in the western and northern parts of the country. Even in the smaller ethnic group states of akwa ibom the same happens. In actual fact, no other language dorminates the other-everyone rules his territory which explains why yoruba is spoken is Lagos. My friends who did teaching practice in Lagos confirm that there are kids in Lagos who can't speak english even though they live in a cosmopolitan environment.This is replicated across the country. As for abroad i don't have any facts on that. Musicwise one would find out that the yorubas like to sing in their language and the music is popular only in the west where they dorminate so the younger yoruba artist now mix english and yoruba which makes their music accepted by others. Same thing happens in the movie industry where yoruba movie is seen only in the west ( the west is less than one-quarter of Nigeria)

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Just wat i xpected.Nairaland,full of cowards! Mkpchewww

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Just wat i xpected.Nairaland,full of cowards! Mkpchewww

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@afam,

You guys might be the majority in the US but you're not contributing and giving back anything to the community. You'd rather gather your money (through watever means) and laundered it back to Nigeria. Enough of that men. We know you, and its high time we started getting you guys bursted!

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Hey, wats really your 'P'? Did i tell you I don't know much about the Igbos or the Hausa's? Just asking a question here, What I expected of you is to disclaim my write up and address the issue intellectually and not by cursing. I might be wrong here ( I don't belong to any of these tribes).

My post is based upon the countries I've visited, expecially the most recognised ones. I'm not biased and I expect you not to be.

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All thanks to Awo and his free education scheme coupled with the fact that Lagos and its environ was the main location for the then white imperialist.

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@ Paris10,  the  "researcher" : 

Wind don blow and fowl yansh don open. Now, I see u for who you are. I thought your thread was about having a honest intellectual discussion. Didn't know you are a prejudiced tribal-war monger whose aim is to belittle non-Yoruba tribes. I doubt if you digested my previous post b4 posting your prejudice-ridden crap. I should have ignored your useless thread from the beginning - like many did, after u claimed Yoruba to be the most spoken language abroad after English, but I thought otherwise. Now, I seriously doubt if you've ever stepped foot out of that your village in "United States". You are wrong kid, if you think posting threads like this would help solve your low self-esteem issues.

Btw, what the 4uck do you mean by "Muslim speaking countries"? Let me guess, you are from a "Christian speaking Yoruba country", abi?

If the majority of African countries where the Hausa language is spoken are "Muslim speaking countries", so what? how does that change the fact that Hausa is more widely spoken in 9ja and in Africa than Yoruba?

If Hausa lack world wide acceptance because of -as you mentioned -"the violence associated with them", why then would international broadcasting media giants such as VOA, BBC, Radio France, Radio Moscow, Deutchwelle Radio, Radio Beijing  etc.  have Hausa broadcasting services? 

If your Yoruba language has "world wide acceptance" , why is it that non of these international media giants broadcast their programs in Yoruba?

Do you even know that Hausa is the most spoken language (indigenous) in Africa after Swahili? Btw, I don't belong to any of the 3 major tribes in 9ja, but I feel proud to come from a country where the majority of this tribe reside.  If it had been Yoruba, Igbo or any other tribe in 9ja , it wont matter to me. I doubt if prejudice would ever let you feel the same, so continue wallowing in your little tribalistic world.

My previous post:

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What a stupendous post so full of crap. Apart from the U.K, there is no other country in this planet earth that has more Yorubas than Igbo. Even in Nigeria, all the towns and cities outside Yorubaland has more Igbo people than the Yorubas.

@ Paris, I really admire your ignorance here.

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Why is it so hard for you guys to decipher the fact that the poster is yoruba.

No, yoruba is not the most spoken Nigerian language outside Nigeria. Yoruba is spoken by Yoruba and Igbo by Igbo people or are you saying that the tribe outside Nigeria is Yoruba?. Yorubas only form the Majority in th UK while Igbos are the Majority in the US. POSTER, get your facts right.

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No sorry you're talking rubbish as well, and you're relying on hearsay and stereotypes judging by the last sentence in your write up, which discredits everything you wrote. I don't know any other African language that is more recognised than Swahili, Yoruba or any other language doesn't come close to its popularity, so much so that people of different ethnic backgrounds adopt Swahili names like Keisha. Canada recognises both languages, please don't make up facts, all the countries you posted as being dominated by the Yoruba actually recognise the Igbo language, and many of the older generations of those countries recall and can remember the 'Ibos of the Biafran war', and by the way was it Yoruba speakers that the US Army encouraged to join their military? No, it was Igbo speakers, so you're wrong.

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Just finished doing my research, The Hausa's dominate the political scenery (Abuja as their power seat) but lack world wide acceptance because of the violence associated with them. Majority of the other African states where Hausa is being spoken are Muslim speaking countries. Go to developed world, the first Nigerian or african language recognised by these people is the Yoruba language.

See I really don't care about where anyone of you comes from, just making a point. Even in United States where we have a large number of the Igbo people, Yoruba language is still well spoken and heard. Travel to the Uk, same thing, Canada, Australia, and most of the well organised countries, except ofcourse countries like Germany, India, China where the Igbos tend to find refuge (I heard its because of their dodgy business.)

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I agree with you on that one i think it is better to call it appreciating than dominance that's sounds offensive porter take note! Nice "wordin" Ezegu one love bro.

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Of course they do, but that's appreciating culture, it doesn't mean Yoruba people are their lords and masters, plus Lagos plays a very large role in this situation. If you visit Kano, the majority of the people there probably can't even speak English, let alone Yoruba, and if you go to Owerre where they're more exposed, yet the language of everything except some parts of school is Igbo, in these places someone who has never been anywhere else in Nigeria will say they dominate. This is not the first post dealing with this whole dominance issue.

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Ezegu agreed but people tend to enjoy the yoruba fings like Party,Music,Language,but me i like anything that promotes Naija be it edo,ijaw,fulani and so on as far as it says Nigerian. I think you should re-read my previous post.

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Ehen, here they come!

Westernisation started on both fronts. It only seems like Yoruba is the fastest learnt because of Lagos, but in the East Igbo is dominant and in the North Hausa is dominant (including Abuja), just like in the Northeast Kanuri is dominant. Anybody talking about a certain ethnic groups and how it is "so dominance" in the whole of Nigeria, apart from the dominance of it's elites, is chatting trash.

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You guys are angry because the poster didn't say igbo. @Poster first westernization started from the west,foreigners enjoy the yoruba language even if they dont understand,alot of other tribes understand yoruba faster than any other language. Lastly Yoruba remains the sweetest! No Offense!

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people dont seem to notice that nigerian music is a mix of various languages.d banj,9ice,2face et al have mixed ibibio,igbo,hausa and yoruba one way or the other in their music but the dominant language is the naija/ghana pidgin.the most loved is the wafi version while the funniest is the calabar and hausa/indian/lebanese version.

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You are wrong. And the UK government hasn't even added Gujarati to their syllabuses, let alone Yoruba.

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There are two major reasons for this.

1) No doubt the Yoruba tribe socialize a lot compared to the other tribes.

   

    Yorubas can party on any reason.

    A real yoruba wouldn't be happy of the fact that he/she wouldn't be able to wine and dine at his/her burial party.

    Yorubas love music.

2) Lagos being a commercial mega city, former state capital and dominated by yorubas (indigenous tribe of Lagos) ; these makes lagos the entertainment FACTORY and MARKETing hub in Nigeria- any musician who wants to make it must do business in Lagos -  like it or not.

  Adding yoruba lyrics in today's nigerian music makes the album/artiste accepted and popular.

@maple

I agree with you.

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@poster

Yes, the Yorubas are the dominant Nigerian tribe abroad (West) followed by the Igbos.  There are 3 dominant tribes in 9ja and they are Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa.  However, It seems like you have never been to 9ja or at least travel around the country.

Most foreigners especially in the west think the Yorubas are the most dominant tribe in 9ja, mainly because of their large population in that part of the world.  However, what most do not know is that the most dominant  tribe in 9ja are the Hausas, hence they hold immense political power in the country. Their language is not only the most widely spoken in Nigeria , but in west Africa. The language is spoken in countries like Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Ghana, Sudan, Gabon, CAR, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Benin, Burkina Faso,Togo, Equatorial Guinea and Algeria. Hence, international  broadcasting media  like VOA, BBC, Radio France, Deutchwelle Radio, Iran Radio, Radio Moscow, and Radio Beijing broadcast their programs in Hausa, but  non has Yoruba or Igbo language in their foreign language broadcast.  In terms of sheer numbers, Hausa thus ranks as one of the world's major languages, and its widespread use in a number of countries of West Africa makes it probably the single most useful language to know in that region

The Hausas are majority Muslims due to their long historical contacts/relation with the Arabs. Their emigration pattern to abroad is more towards the Middle East, and most are not very expose to western lifestyles. The Yorubas and Igbos on the other hand, are majority Christians due to their long historical contacts/relation with the Europeans. Their emigration pattern to abroad is more towards the West, hence are more expose to western lifestyles.

Hope this info helps.

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Yes! Cause we are damn too much(not in number), got a natural domineering spirit and always proud to speak the language.

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