Alice C. Linsley

Are the Igbo related to the Israelites? This is the question Salamatou Naino Idi asked and I will do my best to answer her question. Probably there is some connection, but the culture traits and religious practices of the Igbo who claim to be Israelites appear to represent a relatively modern departure from the traditional religious practices of other Igbo clans.

Source: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010

The Igbo have a West Benue-Congo origin. They are one of many peoples to have roots in the Cross Rivers Region of Nigeria. They relied on the land, made fertile by the waters of the Benue Trough, and they fished.

In this 2010 genetic study, it was found that "When the two Igboland groups were compared to the Cross River region clans a large proportion of pairwise comparisons between the two regions demonstrated significant differences. The Igboland groups, despite being in close proximity to each other, even demonstrated differences between themselves..."

Genetic testing of Igbo friends has presented different results. Some are in L1b and others in L1c. but all have an L1 MtDNA ancestry. Keep in mind that all modern humans have Haplogroup L ancestry. mtDNA Haplogroup L3 appears to be the most widely dispersed from archaic times. All modern humans share this lineage.


Related reading:  Are the Igbos of Nigeria Jewish?In Memory of Dr. Catherine AcholonuDebate Over Igbo-Israelite Connection

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That is true. Some are L1b, but given the tendency to marry within (rather than to marry non-Igbo), there is a preponderance of this type. I didn't mean to suggest all Igbo are identical. There are other types in this ethnically complex region of Africa.

Ms. Ezi said:
Where are the studies that say all of us Igbo are L1? We have not all been tested...

http://migrationstoriesofnigerianigbo.wordpress.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup_L1_(mtDNA)
Where can one read up on Igbo ancestral history? I am desperately trying to find out as much as I can about my roots.
I recommend that you begin with a map. You will note that the Igbo appear to have an ancestral territory at teh south turn of the confluence of the Benue and Niger rivers. This suggests that the ancient Igbo rulers were related to the other Afro-Asiatic rulers who controlled the ancient water ways in the Afrro-Asiatic Dominion about 10,000 years ago. This would indicate a relation to the people of Nok and to the people of Bor-Nu. The name "Igbo" is not the original name of your people, unless I'm mistaken. I would explore the other names for your people, such as Heebo and Ebo.

Igbo style pottery dated at around 4500 BCE has been found at Nsukka, and both pottery and tools were found at nearby Ibagwa. You can be sure that that your people have been in this region for a long time.

The traditional marriage practices of the Igbo resemble those described (in the fist book of the Bible) among Abraham's ancestors who originated in the area of Nok and Born-nu.

Here are two sites where you will find more information, but read critically. Many things written by non-Africans about African tribal groups misrepresent the facts.

http://ibopeople.com/igbo-tradition/igbo-culture-and-socialization

http://www.ndigboswitzerland.org/Docs/ArticlebyMaziNwekeonoriginoft...

Let me know what you find out. I'm working on this research as well, tracing the ancestors of Abraham back to the great lakes and industries of south central Africa.

Miss said:
Where can one read up on Igbo ancestral history? I am desperately trying to find out as much as I can about my roots.
Ezi,
You have a phenomenal blog. Brilliantly written, and well executed. Thank you for the additional resources as well.
I will be passing along word of both you and Ms. Linsley's work.
Alice,
Thank you so much for these resources. They should certainly be an immense help.
Ezi, thanks for the links. I look forward to reading your blog and those of your fellow Igbo.

Alice

Ms. Ezi said:
Miss,

You can check out my blog. I'm Igbo. I will be posting a lot more frequently.

http://migrationstoriesofnigerianigbo.wordpress.com

Some blogs written by fellow Igbos:

http://www.kwenu.com/

http://www.igboisrael.com/remy-ilona.shtml

http://igbo-blog.igbonet.com/

http://www.uwandiigbo.com/

Feel free to drop me a line on my blog, and we can talk some more.

Best,

Ezi

Miss said:
Where can one read up on Igbo ancestral history? I am desperately trying to find out as much as I can about my roots.


Alice C. Linsley.

Just became a memeber of this site today.

I actually want to let you understand that the Igbos are pure isrealite. The Igbos are sephardic jews. The same culture you have in Isreal is the same the Igbos have been practicing up till today.

Will be happy if you could make your research properly.

 

George,

Welcome to Open Anthropology Cooperative!

If what you are saying is true, the Igbo and their religious practices are less than 3000 year old.  I doubt that this is true. DNA studies also indicate that Igbo have older antecedents than 3000 years.  Before 3000 years, there appears to be a Volta-Niger linkage between the Igbo and the Akan.  

The similarities between the religion of the Israelites and the Igbo can be explained by the fact that Abraham's ancestors came out of Africa.  His Nilo-Chadic ancestors moved both east into Arabia and Mesopotamia and west in Niger, Nigeria and Ghana. This is why many words in Hausa and Yoruba are almost identical to ancient Kushite and Egyptian words. 

I look forward to hearing from you again.

Best wishes,

Alice C. Linsley



george kaffi said:


Alice C. Linsley.

Just became a memeber of this site today.

I actually want to let you understand that the Igbos are pure isrealite. The Igbos are sephardic jews. The same culture you have in Isreal is the same the Igbos have been practicing up till today.

Will be happy if you could make your research properly.

 

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