This is Genealogy of The Igbos (also known as Heebo or Ibo) of Nigeria. The Igbos otherwise Referred as Black Jews or Black Hebrew traced their lineage to Abram, who later became known as Abraham, the Son of Terah, a descendant of Shem, the son of Noah – a Eigthh Generation-descendant of Seth, the 3rd Son of Adam

Cradle Of Igbo Origin: From Abraham To Eri, Areli & Arodi

Abraham -a Son of Terah was the Hebrew patriarch from whom all Jews trace their descent (Genesis 11:27–25:10), directed by God to leave his own country for another land.

He Had a Son, Named #Isaac. (In Genesis 22 he is ordered by God to sacrifice his son Isaac as a test of faith, a command later revoked)

Isaac Had Two Sons , Namely

Jacob – The Second Son of Isaac had 12 Sons as stipulated by Gen 29: 30
#1. Ruben
#2. Simeon
#3. Levi
#4. Judah
#5. Dan
#6. Naphtali
#7. Gad
#8. Asher
#9. Issachar
#10. Zebulun
#11. Joseph
#12. Benjamin.

Gad– The 7th Son of Jacob founded the tribes of Gad that lived on the Eastern Side of Jordan River, after the Exodus, as stated in the book of Genesis 46:

After the Exodus, the Gadites dwelling according to their families reside in East of Jordan. On their way to promise land, Some of Children and descendants of Gad lost their way. Those in these categories are include the Eri, Arodi, Areli and two of their Nephews- #Ogiso & #Idu


The Parties led by Eri left East Jordan, traveled through Ethiopia, Sudan and towards West Africa through river nile and landed at a place known today as Omambala River in Anambra state, around 1305 BC.

OGISO Migrated and became founder of Bini- the Edo people of ancient Bini Kingdom, while Idu settled at Idah and bore a daughter Ebulejonu, who incidentally founded the Kingdom of Igala and became the first Attah of Igala.

A. ERI the leader of the party was a great Warrior. He was great man of wisdom and ordained with great mystical power. In absence of the Levites among-st the settlers, he assumed the responsibility of Priest, since he was endowed spiritually. He begets the following Children with Hebraic names

#1.Dabar(Known as Dabawo). He settles at the present Ugume in Ikenga Umueri. His descendants include all the villages in Ugume Umueri, some part of Enugwu Aguleri. Some of his descendants founded Ogwume Kwale and trace of other of their descendants could be seen in Igbanke Edo State and Ishan

#2. Menri (Known as Nri): Who alongside his family were living in Eri-aka Ugume Umueri, migrated out of the area and became the founder of Umunri clans of Igboland that includes Enugwu Ukwu, Enugwu Agidi, Nawfia and Agukwu and extension to all Nri clans of Igboland that includes, Oraeri, Agbaja , Nnewi, Ogwashiukwu, Agbor and others

#3. Riam (Also known as Nriamu): Was the progenitor of some part of Ikenga Umueri. Some of his descendants were the founders of Nando, Achalla and some other Igbo adegbe Communities of Awka North LGA of Anambra State


#4. Omazi (Omasi): Omasi Settled at Agu Eneneanya and Agu Oda in Today Ifite Umueri. He was progenitor of Ivite Umueri Village and some of his descendants includes the Ire people, who could be found in some Anambra towns of Abba, Obosi, Ogidi, Umuoji and even in Enugu Ukwu

#5. Nameyi (Nneyi): Namenyi Settled at a place called Mmanoma In Nneyi Umueri. Namenyi sons founded Ezi Clan of Umueri, Ogbunike, Awkuzu, and at later years, his descendants were the original aborigines of Ossomari Ogbaru, the Ozeh Nkwelle & the aborigine Onitsha, whom Ezechima conquered to established Onitsha


#6.Okpu (The only Daughter): She bore Children out of wedlock. These Children lived side by side with Children of Eri male offspring. The descendants occupied Eri vast farmland known as Agu-Eri. Today they Are known as Aguleri.


Attah Iduko, the Grand son of *Ebulejonu- the daughter of Idu(One of the Eri Nephew) , was banished from the throne at Idah and found safe heaven in Omambala amongst the Children of Eri and his descendants founded the following Anambra Towns:


#1. Ntiji (Also Known as Nteje( the founder of Nteje)
#2.Onugu, the founder of Igbariam
#3. Ogbodudu, the founder of Amanuke

#4. Oluora- The Progenitors of Nsugbe


Attah Iduko Idu The first marriage before his exile, bore him Ajida who was progenitor of Nzam and Odeke of Anambra West Local Government area of Anambra State. Ajidah also bore Ogbe who were descendants of 7 Villages of Anam communities, Anaku and Okpanam in Delta State
(B). ARODI moved alongside with his family down to south to a place known today as “ARO- CHUKWU”. His descendants were founders of Aro Igbos that include Arochukwu, Arondizuogwu, Ajali as well as Ibibio and Ogoni ethnic nationalities
Descendants of Arodi also founded such places such as
(1) Nembe
(2) Ngwa
(3) Abakaliki
(4) Ogoni
(5) Afikpo
(6) Aro-Ikot Ekpene (Akwa Ibom )
(7) Aro- Echie (Rivers state)
(8) Ohaofia
(9) abiriba


(C). 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…


Apart from the unique paganism culture found amongst the Igbos, which is a mixture of Hebraic belief in Supreme God and Idolatry worship, the Igbo cultural practices as exhibited in burial practices, circumcision, sacredness of life, etc, the Igbos have some archaeological cum anthropological proof to confirm the story

1. Dabarwo Sacred Forest that house the burial places of Eri are still visible today at Ugume Umueri
2. *Location of Three Sacred Hut for Gad progenitor of Umueri Are still visibl in Aguleri, Nneyi and Ugume Umueri
3. Igbo Excavation ~ three archaeological sites were excavated in 1959 and 1964 , which revealed ancient civilization that could either come from Early migrants from Egypt(Isreal)
4. Star of David & some bronze medals Encrypted with Hebrew Codes were found in many part of the Igbo land, prior to Nigerial colonization

Below are some of the known traditions of Igbos even before missionaries came to Africa:


In Igboland a woman lives apart from their husbands nor cooks for them or enters their husband’s quarters when she is on her period, she is seen as unclean . Even up till today such practice is still applicable in some part of Igboland especially by the traditionalist. Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of Onitsha , she will be asked if she is on period, if yes, she will be asked to stay out.

Leviticus 15: 19-20
“When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean”



An Igbo man’s ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.

1king 21:3
“I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth”.



Igbos have practiced the taking a late brothers wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages of the bush.

Deuteronomy 25:5
“A widow of a dead man is not to married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man’s brother to marry her”.



In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six(6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his
household, will establish (Igbo: idu) the apprentice by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.

Exodus 21:2
“If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything”



In Igboland , the yam is very important to the Igbo as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam. New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop. Those old days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It’s a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a thanks given.

Deuteronomy 16:9

“Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you. Celebrate in the lord’s presence together with your children, servants, foreigners . Be sure that you obey my command, said the lord.



In Igboland it’s a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still
practice till date.

Leviticus 12:3
“On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised”.



In Igboland, there a practice known as “ile omugwo “. After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of her, in most case her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. In which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom’s only assignment to the baby will be to breastfeed. This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.

Leviticus 12:1-4
“For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood; she is not to touch anything that is holy.”

Comrade Biafra Buchi Diboh

Author of Yet to be Published Umueri- The Historical Origin of Ancient Umueri Town


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