A man whose name is rendered in English bibles as Gehazi is recorded therein as being cursed with “leprosy” by his master for his incorrigible greed, dishonesty and “419” (obtaining under false pretense) and his descendants were to be affected as well. As soon as the curse was pronounced he allegedly became “as white as snow.” Given that he had been a descendant of Aku (biblical Jacob) who is black and the production of melanin which is responsible for skin pigmentation is traceable to certain genes, the curse must have immediately affected his genome. Furthermore, that his descendants were to inherit it implies the mutation affected not just his autosomes but his sex chromosomes as well. It manifested phenotypically as a loss of skin pigmentation that had him become either
- an albino, or
- an oyinbo,
- a vitiligo or similar disease patient, or
- all of the above.
The result was that he left his master’s presence, but there is no other clear biblical detail about his and his descendants’ activities other than his appearance before an Ọọni, that is, the ruler of Ifẹ Owodaye (biblical Judah) to narrate the wonderful deeds of his former master (2 Kings 8:4). If this story is true, where then are his descendants? The clue is the name Gehazi which should be the name by which his descendants would have called themselves and their language.
The people that satisfy this very well are found today in the Horn of Africa region. They have been known as Abyssinians and Habesha but today call themselves Ethiopians which raises suspicions as oyinbo rulers and historians have in the past regarded all blacks as Ethiopians and the land mass of the African continent up to the Indian subcontinent as Ethiopia. Nevertheless, the link between the Abyssinians and Gehazi is Geʻez, the name of their ancient language.
- Gehaz(i) > Gehaz > Geʻez
The link is very clear. Perhaps as the bible was being propagated they dropped the name Geʻez in an attempt to prevent others from noticing the link. But they are only partially black, which opponents of this hypothesis might want to use as argument since he allegedly became “as white as snow.” Well, the counter argument is that there is no mention in the bible about whether or not he was already married, and if he was his wife was not affected by the curse so his post-curse children crossbreed, that is, having features seen in Abyssinians. Even if he was not married yet he could have sired children from a woman or women either with or without consent. Since his children would have looked different they would not have been able to live with the Akus or their neighbouring relatives and so would have emigrated elsewhere. It is also very likely that they would have upon emigration been falsely claiming the identity of the Akus.
The biblical incident occurred in the 4th age but till date – we are in the 6th age – they still practice the identity theft. For instance
- they claim to be the descendants of biblical Sheba whereas the Ijẹbu people are
- they claim to be the people of the ancient kingdom of Axum whereas the Aku people are
- they twisted the name Eshumare to Axum
In addition, those who call themselves Somali are their relatives who took their name from Eshumare. Perhaps the Abyssinians were the heirs of Gehazi while the Somali (and others like the Tigre and Falasha Jews) are their siblings. They occupied that region and fabricated the history of that region after the Akus left that place at the end of the 5th age. I’ve wondered why they were called Abyssinians when Abyss means bottomless Pit. Perhaps they have no place in ọrun and were expelled to the bottomless pit where the rejected beings like Zeus come from.
There is an account in the history of the Akus from this 6th age of a certain palace servant named Lajuwa who had a strange feature, wavy hair. I call it strange because Akus do not have it naturally as theirs is quite curly. Also, I suspect that he might have been a reincarnation of Gehazi in this age. He was the Osi’ẹfa whose function is to act as the Ọba in all matters whether civil or military whenever the Ọba is not around and thus has intimate access to him, his children, and is allowed to use his paraphernalia of office. Below is a short YouTube clip by AltruisticShinobi of a terracotta head of Lajuwa.
It was during the reign of the 12th Ọọni known as Ọba Aworokolokin. When this Ọọni joined his ancestors Lajuwa who may have coveted the glory and honour of the throne having tasted of it saw an opportunity to rule as the Ọọni. To accomplish this he put away the Ọọni’s body, put on his clothes and thus was able to fool people for a while. In order to perpetuate his deception he probably would have required the assistance of his fellow servants and may have worn a royal mask like that of Ọbalufọn to hide his face. After a while the truth was revealed, Ekun who was selected as the next Ọọni was crowned, and Lajuwa and his colleagues were executed.
Like Gehazi, Lajuwa was greedy, covetous and committed 419. Perhaps he had already been cursed likewise before or during the reign of Ọba Aworokolokin. Perhaps also if he’d already sired children they would have emigrated to the Horn of Africa to become leaders there.