Ezekiel 20:43: There you shall remember your ways, and all your doings, in which you have polluted yourselves; and you shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that you have committed.
I had been contemplating for some days about the Aku (heirs of Odùduwà whose land is along the “Slave Coast“; erroneously called are called today) traditional religion, particularly of ẸLA (the Great Spirit), the number 16, the Irunmoles, and the Aku calendar otherwise known as Kojoda. I had wondered why and how it seemed that a lot of the people had forgotten or failed to consider the reason for the observance of their traditional practices. Rather, they seem okay with an attitude of “we inherited them from our ancestors”.
I had also studied the migration of the Aku (including Ijebu) people from the east, Canaan/Levant to be exact. Many want to deny this fact or think themselves too intellectually lazy to investigate. Yet there are many proofs relating to pointers like etymology and cultural anthropology that confirm the migration.
Then, either on the 29th of August or 1st of September 2011, I had an argument with my dad concerning our understanding of the Word. This was after telling him a version of the Aku/Ifa story concerning the establishment of the 7-day week that I had recently come across.
Suddenly, it happened. The thought was distinctly “dropped” into my mind/heart and I was troubled. Rather, I was terrified. This is what I heard:
The name on the left is Hebrew (a fake language) for the Son of Olódùmarè – erroneously taught worldwide as Jesus. That on the right is borne by two divinities, one being Eshumare who is the first and the last while the other is Eshu Laalu (transliterated mischievously as Joshua son of Nun). When the Amorites have been blaspheming against Eshu and teaching others to do so by claiming that he is the devil who rebelled against Olódùmarè whereas Olosi who is served by Jesus is the rebel. If the first and last letters of the name YESHUA are removed we have ESHU which when spelled using present-day Aku alphabets is EṢU. Could this be just a coincidence? Coincidence can be ruled out given the Aku migration from Sumer to Canaan to Axum to the “slave coast.” I was all the more upset as I am not given to judgment and condemnation without reason. I remembered the Ifa account of how Ela supposedly became the most senior of all the Irunmole after an act of love, humility, proactiveness and responsibility. I also called to mind how this same Ela or another who was the son of Moremi (transliterated to Miriam/Mary) ascended to heaven of his own accord and saves man.
So I prayed to Olódùmarè about what I thought to be a dilemma for me as I knew he did not see it as such — I wanted to be sure about the source of the thought. The following day I wanted to read part of the Book of Ezekiel (his hair had locks; Aku people and “blacks” possess this unique hair type). If I remember correctly I first opened the Bible to a passage from the Book of Jeremiah and these two verses immediately caught my attention:
Jeremiah 23:26: How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, even the prophets of the deceit of their own heart?
Jeremiah 23:27: who think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers forgot my name for “Lord“.
That was the answer to my prayer — Eshu’s people were forgetting his name for those of unclean spirits like Jesus, Jehovah, etc. I still was not totally sure but I then remembered that a particular orisha commonly Shango (Ṣango) who is said to have been a king (Alaafin) of the old Oyo and who is also worshiped by members of that cult depict him as holding a bifid axe in the same posture as a Baal (re-lexified from Oba). It seems many of such devotees spend more time extolling the likes of Ṣango that they’ve forgotten the name of Olódùmarè (this is a title not a name) and that of his only begotten i.e. Eshumare. This is not surprising as it is like a repetition of history.
I shuddered to think of the implications of the name substitution. YESHUA / ESHU are truly cognates and the bible as written in Aku (erroneously called Yoruba) language needs to be thrashed if the devil is named as Eshu therein, likewise all alien beliefs. Perhaps the name substitution could account also for the “organized chaos” and stunted growth that seem to be prevalent within Aku land and among Aku peoples today. Prayers, preaching, discussions and the likes within the society including religious institutions using alien names and to alien gods would need to be modified accordingly.
What is the meaning of the Name EṢU?
The shu in Eshu means “to emit”, to throw out, to evacuate, to eject/inject. These conform to Eshu’s activities when preaching Ifa (the Word) about 2,000 years ago during which He healed people via the evacuation of illnesses and unclean spirits and the injection of life into the maimed and wounded.
The Name of Olodumare (God Most High)
There is hope for the lost sheep among the omo Oodua in confessing the name of God Most High as some of them like the philologist Modupe Oduyoye who have studied the Ewe/Oyo dialects noted cognates of Yahweh in them as Yehve, Yevheh, Yihve, and Yewe, which are in fact the actual renditions. The Ye prefix has been erroneously transliterated as Yah and Jah. It might have been erroneously written in Exodus 3:14 as EHYE (EHYE ASHER EHYE) as a suggested proper rendition is IYE (IYE ASHẸ IYE), and may be the prefix of the name Yoruba.