The term Yoruba describes a number of semi-independent peoples loosely linked by geography, language, history and religion. The Yoruba people live primarily in Nigeria and some parts of other west African countries like Benin, Togo and Sierra Leone. They have resided in cities for many hundreds of years and are among the most urbanized people in Africa. Ibadan, located in southern Nigeria, is one of the oldest and largest black cities in Africa with a population estimated at well over 3.5 million.
The National African Language Resource Center currently resides on IU's campus and offers a wide range of resources and opportunities for those interested in African languages and culture. Classes in Yoruba are offered at elementary, intermediat and advanced levels from the African Studies Program