Since Biblical prophecies from Yehve (God Most High) indicate that the people of Jebus, Ekron and Edom would be possessed by Israel, this information can be used in determining the location of the scattered sheep of Israel today. I do not know much about how the Ewe and Ga-Dangme who are of Israel just as the Yoruba, identify themselves so the comparisons mentioned here are limited to the Yoruba.
When ISRAEL left Egypt by Yehve’s hand to inherit the Promised Land they met the Jebusites who were living on one of the mountains of Jerusalem. This location is named in the Bible as Jebus. Many years later Oba Daodu (David) took that portion of the Land from the Jebusites who became servants of the Israelites, and Solomon (Daodu’s heir) built the Temple over a threshing floor previously owned by a Jebusite. Looking at the relationship between both peoples it is obvious that, unlike other who the Israelites met in the Land, the Jebusites offered little resistance to Israel. Additionally, the fate of the Jebusites in Israel after the transition of Daodu as described in Zechariah 9:6-7 (perhaps it is mentioned in detail in “lost” books like the Book of Shemaiah (2 Chronicles 2:15)) is that Israel absorbed them.
This implies that it is very much possible to find the Jebusites today among the scattered sheep of Israel (Yoruba/Ewe/Ga-Dangme), especially in the region of West Africa referred to in Hosea 11:11 as Assyria (today their descendants are the Hausa, Kanem-Borno, Boko Haram). The Yoruba are mostly in the southwest region of Nigeria, a nation whom the Amorites of Britain gave charge to the Assyrian descendants). Not surprisingly there exist a people in Yorubaland called the Ijebu (Jebu according to the British slave masters) who today appear so indistinguishable from other Yoruba peoples, except for their high level of frugality and a peculiar penchant for partying. There are various versions of their history but one has it that the first Oba (royal father) of each of the two principal Ijebu divisions were appointed from Ile-Ifẹ, actions which are most likely glimpses of the perfect one to come (Revelations 2:26-27). Ile-Ifẹ has been the spiritual home of the Yoruba/Ewe/Ga-Dangme upon arriving from Israel.
If the Ijebu are truly the Biblical Jebusites their presence as one of the Yoruba peoples can be used to identify the people of Ekron (also spelled as Accaron), a Philistine division and descendants of Mizraim (Egypt), as Yehve said they will be absorbed into Israel (Zechariah 9:7).
There is a kingdom known as Badagry out link along the coastal part of Yorubaland whose Oba is called the Akran of Badagry. The people call themselves Egun/Aegean?, their presence extends into Benin Republic, and they are reputed for their fantastic drums, song and dance, and their language which some Yoruba people consider as an outlier dialect. They say they are not originally Yoruba but that they accepted the protection of the Ọyọ Empire, or something like that. This may be a jumpy comparison but searching for Philistine cultural practices/markers among the people of Badagry should prove interesting.
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Occurring more than once in the Bible is the prophecy about Israel possessing the remnant of Edom (Amos 9:12; Numbers 24; Isaiah 11:14). Since the Edo people of Nigeria and their descendant kingdoms are the Biblical Edomites it can be easily seen that the prophecy has been fulfilled in the ascension of Ọranmiyan (also shortened as Ọranyan), a Yoruba king, to the Edo throne as the first Ọba of Edo sometime during the 12th century CE. Curiously, historians have noted that the people of Israel referred to Jacob by the epithet Orion as they pictured the Orion constellation as a depiction of Jacob wrestling with an angel (Genesis 32:24-30); the words Ọranyan and Orion are cognates. Note that before the European colonization of Yorubaland which was patterned after the Roman colonization of the kingdom of Judah (Judaea in the New Testament), the Yoruba would inquire of Yehve concerning a new born child. Perhaps the Yoruba believed that Yehve had sent the Jacob to his people one more for the purpose of establishing the lost sheep of Israel in West Africa after they left Assyria in 612 BCE, he was involved in establishing Israel in the Promised Land – not hard to believe upon considering other Biblical figures like Èṣú (Yeshua), Daodu, Moses, Elijah/John the Baptist that were born with specific tasks. Oral accounts have it that Ọranmiyan also set forth from Yorubaland to reclaim the Promised Land but returned because of the distance, and the time had not yet arrived. However the Edo still retain the identity and there is a healthy and brotherly relationship between the Yoruba and Edo today, very much unlike the ancient hatred described in the Bible.
Igbo Nation. The process of possessing the remnant of Edom seems to have involved the introduction of Jacobian DNA into the Edo gene pool, and culminated in the splicing out of certain Edomite introns that were expressed as such phenotypes like reddish and hairy skin, materialism, envy, hatred for Israel, dubiousness, hedonism and disregard for walking with Yehve. Such phenotypes were traits of Esau and his descendants as well described in Ezekiel 35 and the Books of Obadiah and Jasher. The introns seem to be harboured today by the Igbo who have consistently done to the Yoruba similar actions that the Biblical Edomites did to Israel.
It is not for nothing that Yehve said He had hated Esau (Malachi 1:2-3; Romans 9:13).
Perhaps we can say that the ligation of Israelite and Edomite exons plus the splicing out of Igbo introns, which is like grafting Esau into Israel, was necessary to ensure the continuity of Esau’s descendants and can be seen as proof of Yehve’s enduring mercies as He had also said no man would remain in Edom.
The Igbo people whose homeland is Southeast Nigeria around the lower River Niger left the Edo kingdom in a great migration southwards and eastwards during the 18th century after a rebellion that resulted in internal strife. Many Edo peoples migrated southwards after this incident to found new kingdoms including the Urhobo, Agbor, Isoko, amongst others. They can all be identified by their fondness of the red color as seen in their attires, and their region including the Igbo homeland is where oil palm trees – from which the reddish palm oil is extracted – are cultivated the most in Nigeria. However, only the Igbo seem to have the distinctive reddish and hairy skin.