Historicising Yoruba Factor in Ethnic Relations and Integration in Contemporary Kebbi State


    Ethnic relations are antiquated, and a common phenomenon amongst heterogeneous Nigerian people; this is why Kebbi State will not be an exception. It should be noted that no community is an Island onto itself; this is because all peoples are interdependent because of uneven natural resources as well as ideas and ideologies. Therefore, different ethnic groups migrated from their ancestral homes and interact with others because of the benefits accrued from its involvement in all aspects of human endeavours. It is against this backdrop that this paper focuses on Yoruba factor in ethnic relations in contemporary Kebbi State particularly with the hosts viz: Yauri, Zuru, Bagudo, Kaoje, Birni Kebbi and others. These relations are spurred and forged by geographical reality, receptive nature of the host communities, uniqueness of the Eastern and Western religions, commerce, political stability and socio-cultural way of life. However, it is revealed from the study that Yoruba factor in ethnic relations and integration had over time subsequently consequent impacted positively in assimilation of the autochthonous dominant languages and cultures, dual indigenization, inter-ethnic marriage, scholarship, employment and other advantages. Up till this contemporary era, Yoruba factor in ethnic relations also faced myriads of challenges of discrimination and others. It is on this prism that the methodology adopted for the paper is the synthesis of primary and secondary sources (journal articles, newspapers and magazines where applicable). The paper concluded with some recommendations to facilitate peaceful relation and integration of Yoruba in the host communities of contemporary Kebbi State.

    Keywords: Ethnic, Relations, Assimilation, Integration, Yoruba, Kebbi State

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    author/Taofiki Aminu, Ph.D. et al

    journal/Zamfara IJOH Vol. 1 Issue 3