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 Ewe and Ga-Dangme who are of biblical Israel just as the Yoruba, identify themselves so the comparisons mentioned here are limited to the Yoruba.
When the Ẹgbẹ Ọmọ Oodua who are mentioned in the bible as ISRAEL left Ejigbo (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. Looking at the relationship between both peoples it is obvious that, unlike others who the Israelites met in the Land, the Jebusites offered little resistance to the biblical Israelites. Additionally, the fate of the Jebusites in biblical 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 the Ẹgbẹ Ọmọ Oodua absorbed them.
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 Yoruba 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 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 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 Yoruba but that they accepted the protection of the Ọyọ Empire (biblical 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
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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.
Igbo Nation. The process of possessing the remnant of Edom seems to have involved the introduction of Ọranmiyan/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 Ọmọ Oodua, dubiousness, hedonism and disregard for walking with Ọlọrun. Such phenotypes were traits of Edo and his descendants as well described in Ezekiel 35 and the Books of Obadiah and Jasher. The introns are borne by the Igbo who were spliced out of the Edo and have consistently done to the Ẹgbẹ Ọmọ Oodua similar actions that the Biblical Edomites did to biblical Israel.
It is not for nothing that Ọlọrun 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 Ọlọrun’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.