The origin of the Igbo race: Biblical Genealogy Of The Igbos

People who speak Igbo, a language of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family, who live primarily in southern Nigeria. Northern, southern, western, eastern or Cross River, and northeastern are the major cultural divisions among the Igbo.

The Biblical Genealogy Of The Igbos explains the origins of the Igbo race.

Let’s begin according to Genesis 29 vs 30: JACOB had twelve (12) sons namely:

1. Ruben

2. Simeon

3. Levi

4. Judah

5. Dan

6. Naphtali

7. Gad

8. Asher

9. Issachar

10. Zebulun

11. Joseph

12. Benjamin.


The 7th son was GAD. And according to Genesis 46 vs16. GAD had seven (7) sons namely:








Sometime in Middle East, famine struck and Jacob moved with his family and about 70 other relations to Egypt. But before then Joseph (which was 11th son of Jacob) had already been sold to Egypt by his brothers, where he was made Governor General under a King Pharaoh.

As time goes on when the Pharaoh that knows Joseph died, they started suffering persecutions from the hand of Egyptians but ERI the 5th son of GAD foresaw the danger, persecution, and wickedness coming and he decided to leave in time with his two younger brothers, ARODI & ARELI with one of his half brothers.

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They travelled through Ethiopia, Sudan and down towards West Africa through river nile and landed at a place known as AGULERI today through Omambala river in Anambra state, around 1305 BC.

(I) ERI established and lived close to the Omambala river. He was wealthy and wise like his great grand father (Abiama) Abraham.

That is why Anambra state has the highest number of rich people in Africa.

ERI; had five (5) sons:

(1) Agulu

(2) Atta

(3) Oba

(4) Hebrew/Ibo

(5) Menri.

(1) AGULU; as the first son stayed back and established in the place known as Agulu-ERI (Agulu son of ERI) in Anambra state.

(2) ATTA; moved to upward North and established a place known as “IGALA Kingdom” and that is why their overall KING is known as “Atta of IGALA” in Kogi state

(3) OBA; left and founded a place known as Oba Kingdom in Anambra state.

(4) HEBREW; which have been changed to mean Hibo or Ibo. He was very powerful spiritual man and that is why people from this area are always very spiritual. He left and founded Igbo-Etiti, Igbo-Adagbe, Igbo-Eze (within Nsukka and parts of Anambra).

(5) MENRI left and founded a place known as “Agukwu-NRI”.


(II). ARODI moved to a place known as “ARO- CHUKWU”. Very industrious and good at arts and crafts. (e.g: Aba Ngwa people of Aba).

ARODI gave birth to:

(1) Nembe

(2) Ngwa

(3) Abakaliki

(4) Ogoni

(5) Afikpo

(6) Aro-Ikot Ekpene (Akwa Ibom)

(7) Aro- Etche (Rivers state)

(8) Arondizuogu.

During slave trade Aro spread all over the world. America, Cuba, Brazil and “ARO-festival” is always been celebrated in CUBA.

(III). ARELI was a man with a lot of Wisdom. The native tongue of his descendants is today known as “Central-Igbo”. And people from this Area have the highest number of graduates and professors in Igbo land.

ARELI gave birth to:

(1) Owerri

(2) Umuahia

(3) Diobu (River state)

(4) Okigwe

(5) Orlu

(6) Nkwerre

(7) Elele (Mba Ise)

(9) Mba Ano, etc…

ERI half brothers moved and founded IJAW nationality and some parts of Edo State and many other parts of Niger Delta.


Now to verify some of the things I have said above.

(1) If you get to Aguleri there is a particular house known as OBI-GAD (house of GAD).

Remember GAD was the 7th son of Jacob (Gen 29:30) and GAD had five (5) sons of which the last three (3) who were;

ERI, ARODI and ARELI and some of their half brothers left Egypt to (West Africa).

The OBI-GAD was the resting or relaxing place for ERI and his brothers and they named it OBI-GAD in order to honour their father (GAD, the 7th son of Israel).

This OBI-GAD was the first house built in Igboland. This is the reason why every Igbo man always build a place called OBI/OBU in his house in honour of his father and mainly for relaxation and in the olden days, there is always a family shrine or little oracle, and why they worship Oracle then was because they left EGYPT before GOD gave 10 commandments to Moses for the Israelites, of which one of the 10 commandments is against idol worship. (even though modern day Igbos now build OBI as outside BAR without any Shrine, while some Christians don’t build OBI anymore because of their beliefs). It can also be Called ERI TEMPLE.

The OBI-GAD also serves as a Consulting place for some royal fathers from other communities that have Direct root to ERI.


(2) At the Burial place of ERI, there is a TRINITY TREE standing on the grave site. These are three Trees but are strongly United and connected by Single Tap Root.

(3) “ADA” means first Daughter in Israel (Gen 4 vs 19- 20) and it means the same thing in Igbo language.

(4) Before an Igbo man makes a contribution in a public gathering, he will shout “Igbo kwenu” and the people will respond “Yah” and “Yah” is short form of “Yahweh”.

Yahweh is the name of the Jewish GOD.

(5) THE STAR OF DAVID AND some bronze medals Encrypted with Hebrew Codes were found in many part of the Igbo land.

(6) We carry home our dead ones just like the Israelites (Gen 49 vs 29-50). (Just like the Israelites, we were led or ruled by Elders and Priest).

There was no King in Israel until Samuel appointed Saul as the King of Israel and that was why Israelites were led by Prophet Moses and so many other Prophets.


Isreali Ambassador (Noah Katz) Confirmed that Igbos are Jews. (Check Daily Sun Newspapers 28th March 2004).

Igbo are the Engine Block and the Japan of Africa, no wonder an Author with international reputation, “Emefiena Ezennia” said that “In Biafra Africa Died”.

We are good people, we love our neighbours, we accommodate anybody. We can live everywhere and develop anywhere. It is in our blood to develop.

Igbos are the most highly technologically inclined people in the whole of Africa.

We need Igbos to develop Nigeria, Africa and even the world as a whole, we are God’s people, a chosen generation! Nigeria should stop the marginalization of the Igbos or let them have their freedom.

Igbos should know who they are, dream and think bigger, for you are the children of the most high God, the God of Abraham (Abiama). Believe in yourself and work harder as it is in your blood, every Igbo parent should endeavour to teach their children the Igbo language and culture.

Mba nile nwere ihe ha jiri di EBUBE….




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