Major towns and cities:
Traditionally, the Yorubas organized themselves into networks of related villages, towns and kingdoms; with most of them headed by an Oba (King) or Baale (a nobleman or mayor). The main Yoruba cities and towns are Ile-Ife Ibadan, Lagos, Ijebu Ode, Abeokuta, Akure, Ilorin, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogbomosho, Ondo, Badagri, Ado-Ekiti, Osogbo , Ilesa, Oyo, Owo, Kabba, Offa, Ilesa, Ilobu, Ede etc. There are other Yoruba cities and towns such as Ketu, Sabe, Dassa and others in Republic of Benin. There are other towns and cities with historical affiliation with the Yoruba people because they share one or more similarities together. Some of these cities and towns are Benin city, Warri, Auchi, Okene etc.
Yoruba settlements are often described as primarily one or more of the main social groupings called “generations”.
• The “first generation” includes towns and cities known as original capitals of founding Yoruba kingdoms or states.
• The “second generation” consists of settlements created by conquest.
• The “third generation” consists of villages and municipalities that emerged following the internecine wars of the 19th century.