Ooni of Ife explains why ‘enormous similarities’ exist between Israeli Jews and Nigerian Igbo


The Ooni of Ife and Co-chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, on Monday, frowned at the notion that the Igbo people migrated from Israel, stressing that the Jews actually left Igbo land for their current location in Ethiopia, Israel and around the world.

Speaking during the Aje festival at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State, he pointed out that the role played by the Igbo people of the present day eastern part of country in the development of popular Igbo-mekun, Ojaife, market in Ile-Ife cannot be over emphasized.

“In the ancient days, the Igbos were part of the natives in Ile Ife from Omirin quarters, we were one big happy family before they left for the eastward to where they are today from where a section of them left in a clockwise migration to become Jews, that’s why there are enormous similarities between the Jewish and Igbo tribes till date,” the Ooni said.

“We must go back to our history, this celebration belongs to all, including our brothers and sisters from the eastern part this country. Igbo people are naturally part of this celebration, because Nigeria’s economy won’t be complete without emphatically mentioning them,” he added.

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