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The History of the Yorubas

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First published in 1921, and cited on the Africa's Best 100 Books List, this is a standard work on the history of theYorubas from the earliest times to the beginning of the British Protectorate. The first part of the book discusses the people, theircountry and language, religion, government, land law, manners and customs. The second part is divided into four periods, deali ...more
Paperback, 740 pages
Published December 29th 1997 by CSS Ltd (first published December 29th 1921)
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Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The simple truth is - no words suffice to describe the magnificence and radiance of this work; no praise is high enough for the extraordinary sacrifice, diligence and doggedness of the "Johnson brothers" that finally brought this masterpiece into fruition. This work is more than a labour of love, as it were. To put this into context, the world can not imagine Chinua Achebe's superb novel, Things fall apart, not ever being published; but literary history shows that it was a close-run thing! Acheb
Toluwa Abudiore
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read! Being a Yoruba woman and having grown up in the culture, I fully appreciate and enjoyed this book. Its a treasure and a joy to read.
Olanrewaju Olamide
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very detailed history of the Yorubas. However, I think the writer had a little religious bias considering the fact that the author is a clergyman. He was even tacitly in support of colonialism.
Regardless of this, the books is quite detailed and would make a good read.
Morakinyo Beckley
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
History of The Yorubas: From The Earliest Times to the Beginning of The British Prectectorate

A seminal work of 700 to 800 pages (this depends on the type setting of the version you have - older typeset versions were about 750+ pages while recently printed versions are 850+ pages), documenting the peoples and relationships between the various splinter ethnicities occupying the South Western part of today's Nigeria over possibly a 600 to 800 year period (considering the number of Alafi
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
To be honest - I skipped a bit of the chapters, might go back to it one day but it’s mainly about war between the different peoples that are ‘Yoruba’

All in all, interesting and enlightening - it should be read by every Nigerian atleast in an effort to understand these people. I’m not Yoruba but some say we came from them (my people beg to differ) still there’s much to appreciate.

The book takes you through language, the different Yoruba people - Egbas, Jebus, Yoruba proper etc attire, kings, cust
Habeeb Akande
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is a stand alone book in the history of the Yoruba tribe of West Africa.
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Read this book a while ago and intend to read it again before I can confidently review it.
Though a seminal work no doubt.
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Very detailed description of the Yoruba tribe, although I must admit that I only read the first half that seemed to be interesting to me.
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