(Note: This essay is a continuation of “Are Ephraim and Manasseh children of Jacob or Joseph” which is better read before this one.)
When Ajọsẹ presented his two sons, Ọranfẹ (biblical Ephraim) and Mínà (biblical Manasseh) to Aku (biblical Jacob) his father, Aku claimed them as his but added that the children Ajọsẹ would beget thereafter would be Ajọsẹ’s and would “be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance –
Genesis 48:5 And now your two sons, Ọranfẹ and Mínà, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in the land of Egypt, are mine.6 Your offspring whom you beget after them shall be yours; they will be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance.
Given the record fertility rate of the Aku people who are called by the name of Èṣùmarè their Maker, it can be safely assumed that Ajọsẹ did beget other children. However, the eburu among the oyinbo (pale-skinned people like the Europeans, Han Chinese, Jomon, Hindus, Jews, etc) who forged the bible from original texts did not include therein their names and population. Why? Is there an eburu need to preserve their claim of twelve (12) tribes as against that of some of the real Aku people who remember sixteen (16) divisions?
If the statement “they will be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance” implies that they are named after Ọranfẹ and Mínà, then their genealogies can be found in Mínà and in Igbo-Ọra of Ọyọ (which is of the people of Ọranfẹ) in West Africa and with the priests of Ọranfẹ. If it implies instead that they will be named after themselves, that is, become eponymous ancestors, then there is the need to find out from the priests of Òrìsà Aku the names of the offspring of Aku and what became of them. Perhaps the ẹsẹ (stanzas) of Òtúrá Ìrẹtẹ which is the odu of Ajọsẹ can be searched to know what became of him and his offspring.