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19th century notes on yoruba diaspora

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19th century notes on yoruba diaspora

Post  Admin on Sun May 29, 2011 6:17 pm

Geography of Voruba.

The boundaries of Yoruba are not accurately known. The southern limit lies between Ijaye and Abbeokuta, about eighty miles by the road from the sea. On the north it is bounded by Nufe (called also Nupe, Nyffe and Tapa) which extends to a distance of thirty or forty miles this side of the Niger. On the east of Yoruba we hear of Effong (Kakanda) Igbona, Ijesha and Ifeh. On the east are Barba (Borgu) Mahee and Dahomy. The country between Yoruba and the sea is occupied by the tribes of Iketu, Egba, Egbado, Otta and Ijebu. All of these tribes, as also the people of Ifeh, Ijesha, Igbona and Effong are branches of the Yoruba family, and speak varieties of the same language.

I have seen a Yoruba woman, the wife of a Bedouin, who affirmed that she had been to Stamboul or Constantinople. According to her and others, there are Yoruba slaves in Tripoli, Pezzan, and all over Central Africa.


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