There are exactly eight (8) states in Yorubaland. In other words, the total number of Yoruba states in Nigeria are eight.
However, seven among those eight states are fully Yoruba states, while one of them partly belongs to yorubaland (Ilè Yorùbá).
Here are the Yoruba states in Nigeria
The seven states that fully or at least almost fully belong to the Yoruba people of Nigeria are Oyo, Ogun, Kwara, Lagos, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti.
The Okun people, located in Kogi-West senatorial district only make a portion of Kogi State. However, that is enough to help it earn a place in our list.
Although the some parts of Edo state are considered to have Yoruba origin, it is not enough to include them to our list.
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Size and map of Yorubaland in Nigeria
The Yoruba people boast a landmass of approximately 142,114 km2, of which 74.6% is located in Nigeria, 18.6% is found in Benin and the remaining 6.5% is in Togo. This huge landmass is bigger than the ones owned by several countries around the world. As a matter of fact, yorubaland is the combined size of Greece and Montenegro.
In the table below you’ll find the states in Yorubaland along with the sizes of their lands.
|Yoruba State||Capital||Landmass (square kilometre)|
|Ekiti State||Ado Ekiti||6,353|