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Extinct: no
Family: Niger-Congo
Branch: Kwa
Continent: Africa
Country: Nigeria
Region: Most of Oyo, Ogun, Ondo Osun, Kwara, and Lagos states; and western LGAs of Kogi State. Also spoken in Benin, Togo, United Kingdom, USA.
Countries Where Spoken: 18,850,000 in Nigeria (1993 Johnstone). Population total all countries 20,000,000 (1991 UBS). Including second language speakers: 22,000,000 (1999 WA). Benin.
Countries Where Official: Nigeria
Native Speakers: 20,000,000
Speakers Total: 20,000,000
Phrasebase members who speak Yoruba at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Yoruba at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Yoruba: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Yoruba: 0
Three Letter Code: YOR
Alternative Names: YOOBA, YARIBA
Summary: Official language. Grammar. SVO. Literacy rate in second language: 35%. Roman. Newspapers, radio programs, TV. Christian, Muslim, traditional religion. Bible 1884-1966.

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