The Reality of a Yoruba Country
Today, the mainstream Yorubas struggling to become an independent nation, was in 1914 arbitrarily merged with other ethnic groups of the Southern and Northern protectorates to become Nigeria.
Yorubaland had earlier been divided between British and French colonialists.
Yoruba people, the largest homogenous ethnic group in Africa, are highly urbanized. Yorubaland boasts of some of the Flourishing cities in Africa: Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria and until recently the capital of Nigeria, has a population of about 6.5 million. lbadan, the seat of the defunct Western Regional government is the second largest city on the African Continent after Cairo in Egypt. Each of the more than 20 cities in Yorubaland has a population of over a million inhabitants. When in 1959 the British colonial government conducted a census of Nigeria, out of the ten most populous and strategic cities, eight (8) were located in Yorubaland. These are: Lagos, lbadan, Ogbomosho, Ilorin, Oyo, Abeokuta, Oshogbo, Ijebu-Ode, Ado-Ekiti and Akure.
As a matter of fact, the mainstream Yorubas of Western Nigeria with a population of over 40 million people is more populous than all the countries in Africa except Egypt. Yorubaland is also more populous than all of these countries in the Americas: Bahamas, Barbados. Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El-Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. Yorubaland is more populous than the following countries in Europe: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland. It is more populous than the following countries of Asia: Cambodia, North Korea. Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. It is more populous than the following countries of the Middle-East: Bahrain, Brunei, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebancu, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirate and Yemen.
According to available information from the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry,most mineral deposits and agricultural resources found in Yorubaland are in commercial quantities. Yorubaland is rich in mineral deposits such as Iron ore, Tar sand Crude oil Columbite, Clays Talc Kaolin, Limestone and Marble, Diatomite, Glass and industrial sand Phosphate, Gold Tantalum, Quartz and Lime, Feldspar, Dolomite Nickel, IImentite. It equally has an abundance of agricultural products sustained by immensely fertile land. These include Cocoa, Kola-nut, Coffee, Cashew, Cotton, Tobacco and livestock. For instance Nigeria is presently considered as one of the leading Coco exporters in Nigeria. Before the Oil boom, Nigeria was the highest exporter of palm oil and of the export emanating from Nigeria Yorubaland contributed 90%.