THE YORUBA PEOPLE OF BENIN
60% ATR, 12% Muslim, 4% (5,930) Protestant (CRWM); presumably 24% Catholic
Sub-Groups in Benin
East: Group Population Religion Churches %Protestant
Nago 175,000 M/C 58 6.9
Cabe 80,000 T/C 35 5.9
Ica 39,000 T
Makole 65,000 T--One SIM missionary working here.
"The Yoruba, related to the Yoruba of Nigeria, are called the Nago (Nagot) in Benin and include the small Holli and Ketu groups" (EB, 861).
Population Density (EB, 801):
East and West--195-520 persons/sq. mile
Far North--25-65 persons/sq. mile
"Benin's rate of population growth is high for Western Africa, resulting primarily from a birthrate that is higher than the regional average and a death rate that is lower. Moreover, nearly one-half of the population is less than 15 years of age, assuring the country's continued high growth rate" (EB, 862).
Yoruba is next to Fon as widely spoken language in the south (Europa). 14% of the people of Benin are native speakers of Yoruba (PC Globe).
EB=Encyclopedia Britanica CRWM=Larry Verderaa, "A Survey of for Christian and Reformed World Missions of Missions and Churches in West Africa," May 1991.