To believe that the Igbos is one of the lost tribes of Israel might sound ridiculous to a lot of people.
However, apart from the story of how they came into being, the Igbos also shares some similar practices with the biblical Jews.
But upon factual analysis, one is forced to rethink the possibility of this claim.
Known to be third largest of the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria, the typical Igbo communities are found in the southeastern part of Nigeria.
And according to oral tradition and many writers of Igbo history, Eri is to the Igbos, what Oduduwa is to the Yoruba.
But unlike Oduduwa whose father is unknown, Eri was the fifth son of Gad, the seventh son of Jacob (Genesis 46:15-18 and Numbers 26:16:18).
He was said to have migrated from Egypt with a group of companions just before the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt thousands of years ago.
Eri and his group were said to have traveled by water and finally arrived at the confluence of Ezu and Omambala Rivers, located in present-day Aguleri, Anambra State.
We were not told how long their voyage took to get to their promised land, what we were told is that Eri and his group was divinely instructed to make the confluence of Ezu and Omambala Rivers their final destination.
They would move into the hinterland and make a settlement in the present-day Aguleri. It was here that Eri lived and died.
Meanwhile, amongst Eri’s children was Agulu, the eldest son who took over from his father after his demise.
It was him who appended the name of his father, Eri, to his name and founded Agulu-Eri (Aguleri) by calling the settlement where his father Eri died and he (Agulu) lived AGULERI.
However, apart from the story of how they came into being, the Igbos also shares some similar practices with the biblical Jews. And among the Igbos, these traditional practices predate the coming of the Christian missionaries.
Examples of shared traditional practices between the Jews and the Igbos include circumcising male children eight days after birth, refraining from eating “unclean” or tabooed foods, mourning the dead for seven days and celebrating the New Moon.
Supporting this belief is Daniel Lis, a foremost researcher on Jewish Identification among the Igbo from the University of Basel, Switzerland.
He affirms that there has been a clear continuity of Jewish identity among the Igbo. “It’s not just something that happened yesterday,” he said.
In addition to the shared practices between the Jews and the Igbos, there is a striking evidence that forces one to see a link between the Igbos and the ancient civilization of Egypt: It is the Ancient Igbo Pyramids, which is also known as the Nsude Pyramids.
The Ancient Igbo Pyramids or Nsude Pyramids is a testimony of ancient civilization among the Igbos.
Nobody knows when it was built, but archeologists have said that the pyramids have lasted centuries and are believed to have been built at the same time the first or second wave of Egyptian pyramids were built by the Nubians.
With similar features to that of the Stepped Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, Egypt, one is forced to contemplate on the mystery behind their resemblance.
And without exaggeration, it can be suggested that the knowledge of one must have led to the building of the other.
Be that as it may, it should be stated here for the purpose of clarity that the word Ndi Igbo/ Ndigbo mean the “Ancient People.” And according to them, the British called us IBO or (Heebos): A word synonymous to Hebrew.
There are other interesting arguments, with regard to the topic of this article, that has been presented by concerned Igbo scholars.
Notable among them is the claim that the following Igbo words/phrases were used in the bible.
1. Jee na isi isi (Genesis)
Known to be the first book in the bible, some Igbo scholars believe that the word is a corrupted version of the Igbo phrase “jee na isi isi” which when translated in English means “go to the very first”.
2. Detere nu umu (Deuteronomy)
Known to be the fifth book in the Bible, the word “Deuteronomy” is from Latin Deuteronomium, from Greek Deuteronomion and originally from Igbo phrase “detere nu umu”.
The Igbo phrase, “Detere nu umu” means “written down for the children”. And actually, the book of Deuteronomy was words written down to serve as laws for the children of God.
3. Asaa bu taa (Sabbath)
According to the biblical story of creation, God rested on the seventh day. Sabbath is a day set aside for rest and worship. The word is said to be thesame with the Igbo phrase “asaa bu taa” which means “today is seventh.”
4. Chere ubim (Cherubim)
Described in the Bible as a winged angel and represented in ancient Middle Eastern art as a lion or bull with eagles’ wings and a human face, Cherubim is regarded in Christian angelology as an angel of the second highest order of the nine-fold celestial hierarchy.
However, the name is believed to be a distorted version of the Igbo phrase “chere ubim” which means “guard my home.” And of course, angels are guardians.
5. Nta lite kuo ume (Talitha cumi)
According to the book of Mark 5:41, Jesus was storied to have raised from death- the daughter of Jairus. And “Talitha cumi” were the words he used.
“Talitha cumi” or “Talitha kum” or “Talitha koum” is an Aramaic phrase and believed to be an Igbo phrase “nta lite kuo ume” which means “little child wake up and start breathing”.
Prophet Jeremiah gifts Nollywood actor, Emeka Ani, others N7 million for health challenge
A feeling of succour, relief and hope returned yesterday for ailing veteran Nollywood actor Ani Chukwuemeka after receiving N6 million from the founder and senior prophet of Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministry, Warri, billionaire Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin.
While two other actors, who were with Chukwuemeka received additional N1 million, bringing the gift to N7 million, the actor, who is currently battling for his life stated that the gesture from the man of God was shocking.
Chukwuemeka, while narrating his ordeal said the state of his health had degenerated in 2020 as a wound, which developed in his buttocks was operated in Owerri.
The development, however, did not abate, stressing that a special type of diabetes he has been battling with kept worsening his situation.
He had made a video begging people to help him live on social media. It’ll be recalled that on the 23rd of October 2021, just last week, Popular Nollywood Actor, Yul Edochie had posted the video on his verified Instagram handle.
Chukwuemeka had disclosed in the video that he was also close to going blind as cataract had already developed in one of his eye.
He noted that the worsening health challenge had developed into a partial stroke while calling on Nigerians to help him.
Fufeyin, renowned for philanthropy said he had noticed the video online and was touched about the actor’s predicament.
Fufeyin had during the Sunday Service of 31st of October 2021 at his church called out the actor and provided him with cash for the hospital bills while praying for him and others who were at the service with him.
Reacting to the gift, Chukwuemeka said
“I want to thank God for this wonderful gesture from the Senior Prophet of God, Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin. I am so happy. I never expected this. Even though I know that he helps people financially and otherwise. I never knew he was going to give me huge amount of money like this. I want to thank members of the church. I want to thank the prophet of God.”
Popularly called Owomowomo, Fufeyin has being in the news for the good reason, especially in ways of helping society through his foundation.
Just recently , he displayed same gesture to Actor Leo Mezie, who was battling with Kidney complications by providing him with N3million in April 2019 in the company of Kanayo O. Kanayo and many others. Also in 2016, Prophet Fufeyin supported late actor Ernest Asuzu with an SUV Jeep worth 4million and cash gift of 2Million to start a new life to mention a few.
God Bless Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin and Mercy Tv Partners.
Bishop Oyedepo reveals plan to build ‘world class’ university
The Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Dr David Oyedepo, says he will build a world-class university to compete favourably with such other universities.
Oyedepo said this on Thursday at Ota, Ogun State, at the 19th Founder’s Day celebration of Covenant University.
He said that the institution would provide the enabling environment for quality education to thrive so that new generation of leaders could be raised to proffer solutions to nations’ challenges.
He attributed the successful execution of developmental projects that could aid teaching in the university to the grace of God.
The chancellor said the institution began operations on October 21, 2002, with nothing, stressing that: “but with the grace of God, which we did not take for granted, the institution is already on ground and flourishing.
“Ingratitude leads to destruction because gratitude is a requirement for change of position,’’ he said.
Oyedepo said that without God, the university would not have been able to achieve its remarkable development.
“The more glory we give to God, the more grace He is releasing because by strength shall no man prevail,’’ he said.
The chancellor, who described God as awesome, noted that the institution never experienced setback in its operations.
In his remarks, the vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Abiodun Adebayo, said it was training expert thinkers and technocrats that would restore the dignity of the Black race.
Adebayo said the entry of Covenant University into Nigeria’s educational landscape marked the battles of revolution in Africa’s educational system.
He said the university had become one of the best five leading universities in the country and 15th in Africa.
“The institution has seen the fingers of God and amazing transformation and aspirations of dignity of the Black race,’’ he said.
Professor Adebayo added that Covenant University had turned out graduates who are expert thinkers and solution providers that are making remarkable contributions to national development.
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