Encyclopedia of the Yoruba

Encyclopedia of the Yoruba

Edited by Toyin Falola and Akintunde Akinyemi
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 06/20/2016
Format: Paperback 2 maps, 15 tables
ISBN: 978-0-253-02144-1
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The Yoruba people today number more than 30 million strong, with significant numbers in the United States, Nigeria, Europe, and Brazil. This landmark reference work emphasizes Yoruba history, geography and demography, language and linguistics, literature, philosophy, religion, and art. The 285 entries include biographies of prominent Yoruba figures, artists, and authors; the histories of political institutions; and the impact of technology and media, urban living, and contemporary culture on Yoruba people worldwide. Written by Yoruba experts on all continents, this encyclopedia provides comprehensive background to the global Yoruba and their distinctive and vibrant history and culture.

Author Bio

Toyin Falola is Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is author of Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria (IUP) and editor (with Matt D. Childs) of The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World (IUP).

Akintunde Akinyemi is Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and affiliate faculty at the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. He is author of Orature and Yoruba Riddles and Yoruba Royal Poetry: A Socio-Historical Exposition and Annotated Translation.


“Readers unfamiliar with the Yoruba will find the introduction a concise and valuable overview of their language and its dialects, recent history, mythology and religion, and diaspora movements. . . . Highly recommended.”
 — Choice

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Entries
Entries A to Z
List of Contributors

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