Since Biblical prophecies from Ọlọrun (Most High) indicate that the people of Jebus, Ekron and Edom would be possessed by biblical Israel, this information can be used in determining the location of the scattered sheep of biblical Israel today. I do not know much about how the Mina, Ewe and Ga-Dangme, etc., who are of biblical Israel just as the Aku (aka Ọmọ Oduduwa), identify themselves so the comparisons mentioned here are limited to the Aku.
When the Ẹgbẹ Ọmọ Oodua who are mentioned in the bible as ISRAEL left ancient Egypt by Ọlọrun’s hand to inherit the Promised Land they met the Jebusites who were living on one of the mounts 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 and Solomon (Daodu’s heir) built the Temple over a threshing floor previously owned by a Jebusite. The fate of the Jebusites in biblical Israel is described in Zechariah 9:6-7 (perhaps it is mentioned in detail in “lost” books like the Book of Shemaiah (2 Chronicles 2:15)), that the they would be part of Judah (actually Ifẹ Owodaye).
This implies that it is very much possible to find the Jebusites today among the scattered sheep of biblical Israel, especially in the region of West Africa referred to in Hosea 11:11 as Assyria (the Hausawa or Hausa people). The Aku are mostly in the southwest region of Nigeria, an Amorite-defined nation whom the Amorites of Britain gave charge to the Fulani who have thoroughly brainwashed and colonized the Hausa). Not surprisingly there exist a people in Akuland called the Ijebu (Jebu according to the British slave masters) who today appear so indistinguishable from other Aku peoples because they all have Oluiwa aka Oduduwa as their progenitor. But are noted for their high level of frugality and financial acumen and a peculiar penchant for partying. There are various versions of their history but one has it that the first Ọba 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) and that their ancestor is Oluiwa who is Oodua. Thus the Ijẹbu are also Ọmọ Oodua which explains why they were easily unified with the rest of the Ọmọ Oodua.
Since the biblical Jebusites are truly the Ijebu their presence as one of the Ẹgbẹ Ọmọ Oodua can be used to identify the people of Ekron (also spelled as Accaron), a Philistine division and descendants of Misri (Egypt), as Eṣumare the Saviour said they will be absorbed into biblical 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 (actually Ogu; transliterated to “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 Aku but that they accepted the protection of the Ọyọ (biblical Ephraim of the northern kingdom of Israel), 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.
- Could the Egun people be the descendants of the Aegean people of Philistine?
- Badagry Local Government
- Badagry: Home Of Historical Monuments
Occurring more than once in the Bible is the prophecy about biblical 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), grandson of Oodua, to the Edo throne sometime during the 12th century CE. Curiously, historians have noted that the people of biblical Israel referred to Aku (re-lexified to “Jacob” by the epithet Orion as they pictured the Orion constellation as a depiction of Aku wrestling with an irunmalẹ (Genesis 32:24-30); the words Ọranyan and Orion are cognates. According to Aku’s divine profile, he is a diplomat who is usually sent on missions abroad to establish kingdoms, thus he was the right candidate for the establishment of the Edo kingdom. However the Edo still retain their reddish identity and there is a healthy and brotherly relationship between the Ẹgbẹ Ọmọ Oodua and Edo today, very much unlike the ancient hatred described in the Bible.
- A case for the Edo/Idu people as the Edomites
- History of Ọrun Ọba Ado
- Aren’t Igbos the the biblical Horites who intermarried with the Edo people?