Political Constitution

“It’s a race within a country,” says Emmanuel, “As you go along across the Yoruban part of Nigeria you see they are different, culturally, artistically, music-wise. They are different as you go along. But we have something that ties us together, which is the spiritual side that make us to be Yoruba.”

Nigeria is divided into states, with each having its own capital and its own government, a political structure that has been likened to that of the U.S. The structure of the states was previously determined by geography but now centres on ethnicity. This means that, to a Yoruba, you are Yoruba first regardless of whether or not you live in Yoruba territory. Emmanuel explains, “People are what they are first before their country. What I’m trying to say is, I’m a Yoruban first before a Nigerian.”