In this book, we have attempted to trace the origin of the Igbo people of Nigeria, West Africa, as part of that lost African story
In this book, we have attempted to trace the origin of the Igbo people of Nigeria, West Africa, as part of that lost African story.
The Igbo story is not just the Igbo story, it is the story of the Black race all over the continent, for Ndi-Igbo simply means, “the Ancients, the First People, the Aboriginals (Ndi Gbo)”🙌🏾
The Igbo civilization in Nigeria is one that synthesized over the years from the original Negro hunter-gatherer autochthons (otherwise called Homo Erectus) scattered over various parts of the continent of Africa prior to and beyond 500,000 years ago, from where they spread across the globe in the first phases of the ‘Out of Africa’ migrations.
In West Africa, these hunter gatherers were called Igbo by the earliest migrants who met them in situ on arrival in the Niger-Benue confluence area. In other parts of Africa they went by various other names such as Bushmen, San or Shan, Twa and Pygmies. It was these little people, known, in Southern Africa as San or Shan, in China as Shan (creators of the Shan Dynasty of God-men) and in Igbo land as Eshi/Nshi or Nwa Nshi, who until recently were still seen in south- eastern Nigeria nurturing the cultural life-wire of the Igbo, that had birthed the original Igbo forest culture hundreds of millennia before the North-South migrations that were later to bring about the relatively new Pan-Igbo identity anchored around the Nri hegemony.
“immigrants who met them within the Nigerian geographical environment called them ‘little people from heaven’ ‘Children of God’ or ‘Children of the Goddess’. They were a peaceful people who knew no wars; no struggle to subdue the natural environment, but rather lived in total harmony with Mother Nature and were more than richly provided for from her endless bounty. Their implements and basic utensils were of stone. They were literate. Their writings were executed on stone.
The monoliths of Cross River were, according to oral tradition of Ikom, written by them. They lived in caves and underground in mounds, with tunnels leading into the bowels of the earth, many of which have been discovered. When the metal Age came along, these people developed a secret and sacred relationship with metal, and wrought sacred objects with it which became the subjects of folklore throughout the world.”
Catherine Acholonu, ‘They Lived before Adam’🤲🏽