Something about the royal necklaces of Ile-Ife and Swaziland

Have you ever noticed that there is a unique feature of the necklaces worn by kings and queens of Ile-Ife, as seen in their sculptural depictions, that are also worn by the kings of Swaziland? It is a pair of tags which, in the pictures below, are indicated using arrows.

King Mswati III (current King of Swaziland)

King Mswati III of Swaziland (image modified from Newstime Africa)

King Mswati III (current King of Swaziland)


King Mswati III of Swaziland (image modified from New York Times)

Statue of a previous Ooni of Ife

Statue of a previous Ooni of Ife (image modified from

It would be interesting to know if they have the same significance in both cultures. Perhaps this is evidence of the emigration of different peoples of the world from Ile-Ife.

Divine Outlook For Nigeria In 2014

In January 2013 I published excerpts from the Sun newspaper of Nigeria about divine prophecies concerning Nigeria.. Those from the Ifa devotees namely Araba Yemi Elebuibon and Oba Olamilekan Ifayemi about bloodshed came to pass while those from Dr. Okhue Iboi (spokesperson for Witches and Wizards Association of Nigeria), especially about te removal of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from the post of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, failed. For the year 2014 however, only two traditionalists, Oba Olamilekan Ifayemi and Dr. Okhue Iboi, were interviewed by the Sun but only that of the former is published here since the latter’s performance is questionable. Below is the excerpt from pages 32 and 33 of Sunday Sun of January 5, 2014, and the main theme is more bloodshed.

2014 from the crystal ball

The Paramount Head, Saala Ogboni Fellowship of Nigeria, Oba Olamilekan Ifayemi, however predicted that 2014 will witness a lot of bloodshed.

The Federal Government, he said, will still find it difficult to tame Boko Haram in the year. The insurgents will continue to wreak havoc, he warned. For Ifayemi, toe only way to contain Boko Haram is for the nation’s political leaders to resort to spiritual help in the traditional way. Declaring that President Goodluck Jonathan will win the presidential poll in 2015, Ifayemi said: “There will be so many serious crises this year over Jonathan’s re-election. We have not seen anything yet. Blood will flow, but Jonathan will win the poll. It will be advisable for the president not to seek re-election, but so many interest groups will insist that he should run. If Jonathan eventually yields to the pressure, he will win the elections, but his victory will cost this nation a lot. At a point it will appear as if the nation called Nigeria is heading for the rocks”.

The Ifa priest also had words for former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He said: “I know that Obasanjo is a strong person, but he should be vigilant. He may be afflicted with a serious sickness in 2014, and if care is not taken, this sickness will consume him.”

Between the Ogisos and the Hyksos: the Edo connection

Hyksos is the Greek name for the Indo-Aryans (Aryan is also Hurrian and European), savages who invaded ancient Ejigbo (Egypt) and, according to Wolfgang Helck, they also invaded the Levant at that time. Given that they are also known as Amorites who are mentioned in the bible as foreign occupants and colonists of that region who enslaved Moṣe’s (popularly called Moses; an incarnation of Ọrunmila) people, that book, even though an Amorite-mutilated and -fabricated version of an original, has some details corroborating their identity as Indo-Aryans. Nevertheless, the meaning and etymology of the word “Hyksos” has not been confidently provided by Egyptologists, a field dominated by Indo-Aryans. Perhaps the reason has to do with their policy of deliberate obscurantism, perhaps not. However, there exists an area which has not yet been considered where the meaning can be found and it has to do with the Edomites who are the Ẹdo (or Ado in Yoruba) people of West Africa.

In 2010, David J. Gibson published a book titled “Edom and the Hyksos” (first published in 1962 under the title “Whence Came the Hyksos, Kings of Egypt”) about the very close ties between the Hyksos and the Ẹdo people. It turns out that the Ẹdo people say that before the advent of their current ruling dynasty whose rulers bear the Yoruba title Ọba, the previous dynasty bore the title Ogiso which they say means “sky god”. They also assert that there was no other dynasty before the Ogisos, which appears somewhat dubious because Ẹdo their eponymous ancestor was is also known as Ọbagodo, a name derived from Ọba Igodo. Unsurprisingly, “Hyksos” appears to be derived from “Ogiso”:

Og(i)- > (H)yk- and -so > -so(s)


Ogiso > Og(i)so > Ogso > Hogso > Hogsos > Hygsos > Hyksos

Perhaps Ọbagodo is not just their eponymous ancestor but also a composite of indigenous rulers whose dynasty was succeeded by a group of non-Edomite rulers whom the Ẹdo eulogized by calling them Ogiso. This suggestion would appear to have backing from Genesis 36 and Deuteronomy 2:12 where it is mentioned that Ẹdo and his people left the land of the ọmọ Oodua (popularly called the Promised Land or Canaan) for the neighbouring eastern region called Seir. The Horites occupied Seir at that time but were later dispossessed by the Ẹdo people, just like the Amorites were dispossessed from the rest of the Levant, simply because the Amorites and Horites engage in similar abominations. This becomes very obvious upon realizing that the use of suffixes –(r)ian, -yan and ­-ite­ of the words “Hurrian”, “Aryan” and “Horite” are unique to the Amorite languages (other examples include Levite, Israelite, Physician, Nigeria, Tanzania, chlorate, etc.). Thus, “Hurrian” and “Horite” are cognates, the Ẹdo people were once ruled in Seir by the Ogisos who are Amorites, and official Ẹdo history is partly dubious.

(NOTE: Upon entering the land of Seir, Ẹdo and his people would have had to submit themselves to the Horites before displacing them, suggesting that Ẹdo was not able assume the role of the overall ruler in Seir. According to the book of Jasher (Ijẹṣa?; the one in circulation is a deceitful fabrication from an original), he was wounded and killed for fraudulently claiming to have inherited the land of the ọmọ Oodua. In a later incarnation in West Africa and he was again wounded by the ọmọ Oodua when leaving their land for his in the neighbouring eastern region. Ọbanta the ruler of the Ijẹbu (biblical Jebusites) seized his beaded crown and other royal items, hence Ẹdo rulers till date wear no beaded crown. History is repetitive.)

The Ẹdo people have also gained notoriety for seeking to be associated with Indo-Aryans rather than their fellow blacks, and trying to claim seniority over the ọmọ Oodua. For instance, they are known right from their teenage years to study maps for routes across the Sahara desert to Europe (the land of the Aryans/Horites/Europeans), they traffic themselves (a lot for prostitution) more than others to Europe to mingle with and live like Horites, during the trans-Atlantic slavery they kidnapped others including the ọmọ Oodua out of ancient envy and sold them as slaves to the Aryans (done earlier as referred to in the book of Obadiah, etc. These are easy to verify, especially the human trafficking part.

But if the Ẹdo people want to deny it, they should explain what the Ọba in Ọbagodo is and why they do not call him Ogisogodo or Ogiso Ọbagodo. They should also provide the history and etymology of the title Ogiso. If they like, they can call me racist but they should remember that I did not write the book “Edom and the Hyksos” nor did I inspire and/or cause their record-breaking trafficking and prostitution in Europe.

At the moment the argument put forth in this piece that the Hyksos are the Ogisos seems quite incontrovertible.