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Akátá is a word believed to be derived from the Yoruba people of Nigeria in West Africa Africa. The term is used among Nigerians and other West Africans in the United States to refer to African Americans, similar to the term oyinbo used for whites. The word Akata means Panther in Yoruba language.The word is neither derogatory nor pejorative. It is an interpretation of the word Panther in Yoruba language due in fact to African Americans "The Black Panther" movement in the 60s. The Yoruba musicians of 80S and 90s sang extensively about "Akata" dancing to their music when they toured the USA.