Igbos Were The Proto-Bantus

I’m fortunate to have come across a report that shows that the first Bantus(who are now in there many many millions in Central and Southern Africa) originated from Eastern Nigeria, the location of Igboland. This excites but does not surprise me as I wrote in my book some years ago about a group of Igbos that long long ago left Igboland on an Equianoist migration to Southern Africa.

These Igbos promoted civilization by spreading the Igbo concepts of Equianoism and Chi as they spread through Southern Africa, and their influence can be seen in the Tsonga and Lemba ethnic groups. I also revealed that after the journey of these Igbos, their remnants (those who did not fuse into the different cultures they met) settled at a place called Ibo Island today, where the people speak a ‘mysterious language’ called Ibo.

All this information was gotten through painstaking research, and I even had to travel internationally. So since other researchers have traced the Bantus to Eastern Nigeria, and because of the penchant of the Igbos to travel widely, I think that the Igbos I wrote about are the proto-Bantus that the researchers say came from Eastern Nigeria.

Accordinjg to Prinston.edu, “The Bantu languages originated in the region of eastern Nigeria or Cameroon. About 2000 years ago the Bantu people spread southwards and eastwards, introducing agriculture and iron working and colonizing much of the continent in the Bantu expansion.

The technical term Bantu, simply meaning “people”, was first used by Wilhelm Heinrich Immanuel Bleek (1827–1875) as this is reflected in many of the languages of this group. A common characteristic of Bantu languages is that they use words such as muntu or mutu for “person”, and the plural prefix for human nouns starting with mu- (class 1) in most languages is ba- (class 2), thus giving bantu for “people”. Bleek, and later Carl Meinhof, pursued extensive studies comparing the grammatical structures of Bantu languages.”

Today the Bantus have mixed with the local populations they found and have promoted civilization. Today the Bantu population is 60 million, in 535 languages.

According to a comment on Wisegeek.org, “The proto-Bantu people originated in what is now south east Nigeria/northern Cameroon [This reminds me of the ancient Kingdom of Biafra that occupied roughly the same space thousands of years ago] and slowly began migrating into central/southern/east Africa around 4000 years ago. The Bantu are of West African descent and typically belong to E2 haplogroups, also common among West African populations.”

Another section posits, “Many of the great kingdoms of South Africa were ruled by Bantus, who tended to be highly resourceful and adaptable. Their culture subsumed those of other native Africans, although traces of earlier African peoples can be seen in some societies today. These kingdoms traded with people from other regions of the world, including the Europeans, and as Europeans started to colonize Africa, they pressured the existing Bantus to move. People who speak the languages in this family can be found in Rwanda, Angola, Burundi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, among other nations in the southern part of Africa.”

According to @Anon 342530 in the Wisegeek post, “The word ‘ntu’ means person, and the prefix ‘Ba’ is used by class 2 bantu to denote the plural. ‘Bantu’ therefore means ‘people’. The Bantu have migrated and multiplied all over Africa. The presence of the word ‘ntu’ or ‘ndu’ in reference to a person is given as clue, in a modern language, that they are Bantu.” In Igbo the word ‘ndu’ means life and ‘ndi’ means people, as in ‘ndi mmadu’ or ‘otutu ndi’.

PS: Another school of thought says that the proto-Bantus originated from the Sudan-Egypt area. That fits in because as we have been saying in this blog, the Igbos have a Judeo-Nubian origin. To understand more of the Igbo influence in the development of modern civilization, contact us for my book on the matter.

What’s your reaction to this story? What do you think of the Igbo tradition of traveling widely? How are the Igbos and African Americans who are mostly Igbo promoting civilization today?

The Oluyares: The Igbo Aborigines Of Ife Who Still Live There

Unknown to many, not all the Igbo aborigines of Ife followed Prince Chima, later Eze Chima out to their Anioma/Benin axis/ was sold into slavery to make up today’s Lucumi of the Americas. Among those that assimilated into the culture of the Yorubas are some that still have a well-recognised identity protected by the Yoruba people of Ile Ife today.

They are known as Continue reading “The Oluyares: The Igbo Aborigines Of Ife Who Still Live There”

Obatala, Father Of The Igbo Nation

“At the Yoruba Center in Havana, Cuba, Prof. Catherine Acholonu had this to state: “I saw among the Yoruba pantheon of gods at the center, the statue of a god named Obatala whose inscription/explanation read Continue reading “Obatala, Father Of The Igbo Nation”

Ezechima, the last Prince of the Igbos of Ile Ife

We continue our expose of the fact that the Igbos were the aborigins of Ile Ife, which today is the cradle of the Yoruba civilisation with this excerpt:
“According to some stories, after Obatala (king of the aboriginal Igbos from the Nri area, who founded Ile-Ife) was driven from Ile-Ife after being defeated (by Oduduwa, leader of the Yoruba tribe, who came from the North) he went to live in exile with His ally, Obawinni, at the Igbomokun area, in today’s Ondo State. Obatala still challenged Oduduwa’s kingship through raids at night, legend has it, with the Igbo who had masks that made them look (scary). Peace was eventually restored when Moremi (a Yoruba woman from Offa, but married to a Yoruba man from Ile-Ife) discovered the secret of the masks.”
EDITORIAL COMMENT
The Obatala kings had other titles, in Yoruba mythology. They include Orishanla, Obi Osere Igbo, Oshala, Oba Ala, Oshagiyan, Oshalufon, Orisha Oko, and Osha Funfun.

The Obatalas and their Igbos originally came from the Nri area. They founded their aboriginal base of Ife in an Ilu (official Equianoist sojourn that took them westwards).

The Obatala, who fell for Moremi’s charms was Obatala Oreluere. He was the father of Eze Chima, the Crown Prince of Ife, titular Prince of Benin, and the founder of the modern Anioma nation, and last titular prince of Benin.The name ‘Onitsha’ itself, is said to be a corruption of the Lukumi word, ‘Orisha’. Osha is a nickname for the Anioma town of Onitsha: note its similarity to the Obatala title, Osha Funfun.Note the Lukumi phrase, ‘regla de la Osha Lukumi’, used by Lukumi people who are now African Americans today, and note the Anioma communities, including the town of Olukwumi, that exist in Aniocha North LGA (in Igboland) today.

In Igbo history, Onitsha or Osha, is seen as the place where Prince Chima settled in, and built his new kingdom, after losing his princeship of Benin. This was after he lost Ile-Ife.According to the book, Equianoism, by Prince Charles Offokaja, he is said to have been the one who coined the term Anioma, for the Lukumi Igbo owned farms of the Niger-Delta, after a peace deal with Ogiso Owodo a powerful Benin chief, who subsequently became the first Oba of Benin.

Prince Chima, now Eze Chima installed his eldest son as the king of the new Isele Ukwu kingdom. He accepted the suzerainty of the pre-existing Igbo farm kingdoms like Agbor. He also founded new kingdoms, with his lieutenants as kings. He then settled in another kingdom which he founded- across the Niger, with the cooperation of the whole Igbo nation- called Onitsha Ado.

From the strategic point of Onitsha Ado n’Idu, he was able to put plant other Anioma communities east of the Niger while overseeing the communities west of the Niger.All this he did with the co-operation of the entire Igbo nation, who recognised their kinship with the Igbo aborigines of Ile-Ife, who were also called Lukumi. Hence “regla de la Osha Lukumi”, meaning “rule of the Osha Lukumi”.

It is no coincidence that the title of the King of Onitsha is Obi. Note: one of the ancient titles of the Obatala kings, ” Obi Osere Igbo”. Note the Osere title which exists today in Oguta, another Anioma town in Imo State.

The Anioma people have preserved their Obaship title legacy by having a monarchy whose title is “Oba of Ogbaland”, in Rivers State.
Sources:
Equianoism, by Prince Charles Offokajahttp://

Obatala, King Of The Igbo Nation- Igbodefender.com

Posted on October 11, 2012 by Prince Charles Oforkaja

“At the Yoruba Center in Havana, Cuba Prof. Acholonu had this to state: “I saw among the Yoruba pantheon of gods at the center, the statue of a god named Obatala whose inscription/explanation read: Father of the Igbo nation…”

IGBODEFENDER.COM’S COMMENT
According to history Obatala was the title of the pre-existing kings of the Igbo nation in Ile Ife. These were the Igbos whose king (Obatala Oreluere), Queen Moremi married. They are today’s Anioma/Lukumi people, and an ancient civilization in their own right.

The Anioma roots go way back to the Nri area of Igboland, from where they started an ilu to the Ife area (today’s Yorubaland).

After the Moremi affair, the headquarters of the Anioma/Lukumi nation became the Onitsha and Iseleukwu kingdoms.

Other notable Anioma kingdoms include, but are not limited to:
•Olukwumi- named after the old Lukumi/ Ife/ Uhe kingdom/empire of the Igbos.

•Oguta (Imo State)-which retained the ancient Obatala title of ‘ Obi Osere Igbo’ . The Osere is in charge of the Owu festival of Oguta.

•Ogbaland, which preserves the Obatala’s Ife title of Oba Igbo, through their king’s Oba title.

•Onitsha Ugbo, which is a nostalgic combination of the words ‘Orisha’ and ‘Ugbo’.

Ezechima, who was the last Igbo titular prince in Benin as well as Crown Prince of the Igbos of Ife, retained some Benin titles as a result of a peace treaty with Ogiso Owodo, the last Ogiso of Benin.

The Aniomas were the Igbo aborigines of Ile Ife

According to Yoruba history, before the arrival of the Yorubas in Ile Ife, and today’s Yorubaland, there was a pre-existing civilisation of Igbos in the region. But, of recent, some historians from Ugbo Kingdom, Ogun State, have been claiming that it was the present indigenes of Ugbo, rather than the present day Igbo people in Nigeria, who were the aborigins of Ile Ife.

One of the most interesting discoveries we recently made at IgboDefender.com, is the existence of a place called Ugboko Araba in Idimu-Igu, Delta State. This discovery lays further credence to our belief that today’s Anioma (Niger Delta Igbos) people are indeed the Igbos who were aboriginal to Ife and other parts of today’s Yorubaland.

From the preponderance of the place name Ugbo in Aniomaland, from Onitsha Ugbo Kingdom to Ugbokko Araba, it can be confirmed that the Anioma people are indeed the aborigins of Ile Ife and environs, who went there for an Ilu (official Equianoist mission from the Nri area) in times immemorial.
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