Nigerian Afrocentric historian and writer Catherine Acholonu has pass away in March 2014. I discovered historian Catherine acholonu death yesterday. May professor Catherine Acholonu rest in peace, may her soul go to Sirius.
Professor Catherine Acholonu
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] The Gram Code of African Adam
They Lived Before Adam.
I discovered Catherine Acholonu in that EgyptSearch Forum thread and I have learned real African and Egyptian history from reading her two books The Gram Code and They Lived Before Adam.
Peree-t 'descendantlroyal house (Igbo opara - 'son');
Satu 'shine down' (Igbo satuo 'shine down' -Orlu dialect);
Shishah 'six' (Igob 'ishi ishie' 'bundles of six);
Tau 'glorify' (Igbo too 'glorify' Orlu dialect);
Hru 'the day dawns' (Igbo horo 'the dawns');
Xerkert (pronounced kirkir) 'pieces' (Igbo kirikiri 'pieces' - Orlu dialect. [Egyptian transitive --k 'you' (Igbo transitive --k 'you' as in si ku -'say to you' - Nsukka dialect]);
Mer 'water', Igbo mmiri - 'water';
Ma'at 'Wisdom and Divine Law' (Igbo ma etu -'Knowledge ofDivine law';
Makkes -'a scepter for cutting away evil forces' (Igbo mma aka eshi ('sacred knife of the Eshi');
Efodj (dj is pronounced chi) 'sacred garrnent worn by priests while perforrning rites on the dead'(Igbo Efe chi 'deity's sacred garrnent');
Ssedjem 'wooden poles supporting the Egyptian Ark' (Igbo osisi chi m-'deity's sacred wood').
As the Egyptians recognized nine original great gods, so too they identified nine parts of a person (Igbo person Igbo highest sacred number is also nine - the number of Great God Ele, the master of all Shaman/Afa):
1. The physical Body - Kha (Igbo - Akwa 'cloth of the Spirit' - origin ofAkwa Nshi) 2. The heart - ab (Igbo - obi 'heart') 3. The shadow - khaibat (Igbo akwa obi - 'Cloth ofthe heart') 4. The name -ren 5. The soul -ab (Igbo obi - 'inner person') 6. The mind -akh/chi -(Igbo chi - 'divine mind') 7. The spirit-body -sahu (Igbo isi ahu - 'head of the body'/Eshi ahu - 'God in Man') 8. The spirit -ka (Igbo Kwa/Nkwo - imrnortals) 9. The Power -Sekhem/hike (Igbo -isi ikem -'source of my power' / ike-power).
The hieroglyph for ren (name) is an open mouth speaking over the waters implying that the primeval creative force of God at Eden is tied with one' s name. In Igbo ren's equivalent is reh which means to invoke/to pass a divine verdict'.
Kemson_Reloaded writes: This is only a fraction of all the Igbo words and phrases which have been found genetically matching Black Africans languages/dialects spoken in Ancient Kemet. Clearly, the Igbo language is an extremely old, parental-ancestral language. The excellent Anthropological Linguistic research performed by team from the Catherine Acholonu Research Center for African Studies (CARC) has revealed far more than expected and produced irrefutable and demonstrative linguistic proof that the Igbo language was fully spoken in Ancient Kemet. These anthropological results are likely to be at the dismay of Euro-Western specialists and detractors of Black African history and such dismay warrants only disregard. But what cannot be ignored that the fact that Euro-Western attempts in translating Ancient Black African tonal languages is littered with errors. These errors can be attributed to the likes of Champollion Figeac and Joseph Greenberg(the Khazar, so-called Jewish specialist). Since these ancient Black African languages are still being spoken by Black Africans today these error are corrected as part of the Anthropological research process.
Shortly before Catherine Acholonu was hospitalized, she sent this e-mail message to Nenad M. Djurdjevic in which she expresses her belief that God is immutable and in this life we see dimly, as in shadows:
"The gods are back. In fact they never left their ancient posts for hundreds of thousands of years. There is no threat to Truth. Things happen when they must. The tide of life turns right, and then left, up and then down. It is all for providing sport for Deity. Nothing changes in their world, but semblances of change happen in ours, which are actually just shadows."
Alice C. Linsley
I received with sadness the news of the death of Igbo scholar, renowned writer, and university professor Catherine Acholonu-Olumba. Catherine Acholonu was born on 26 October 1951. She died this morning after being hospitalized for renal failure. May she rest in peace.
We shared the same birth month and many of the same interests. We communicated by email and sometimes on Facebook. I refer to her research at Just Genesis and she referred to mine, saying "Alice C. Linsley is an original and originals are few."
Professor Catherine Obianuju Acholonu was the mother of four children and a leading scholar of Nigeria’s prehistory. She established the Catherine Acholonu Research Center in Abuja and traveled throughout Igboland conducting research. Dr. Acholonu regarded Iboland as the cradle of Afro-Sumerian peoples.
She gained a master’s degree (1977) and a Ph.D. (1987) from the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. From 1999 to 2002, she was the Special Adviser on Arts and Culture to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, under ex President Obasanjo.
The late Dr. Acholonu was the author of at least eighteen books, many of which are used in secondary schools and universities in Nigeria, and in African Studies Departments in USA and Europe. She supported Radio Biafra and helped with the "million man march" and was steadfast in her defense of the indigenous peoples of Africa, especially in Biafra.
Catherine and American friend Sidney Davis
She was a strong advocate of traditional Igbo culture and religion and those who knew her well addressed her as Ezenwanyi, which in Igbo means "a women with the power of a king."
She advocated equality for women. Her book Motherism discusses gender, culture and identity with a focus on women and mothering. She believed that early worship was directed toward the Mother Goddess.
She also maintained that Biblical Eden was in the Niger delta, for which there is some evidence if we understand Eden as being a vast well-watered region extending from the Niger Basin to the Nile Valley.
Dr. Acholonu connected the Ar of Canaan to the Aro of Nigeria. She wrote, "In Nigeria the caste under reference is the Ar/Aro caste of Igbo Eri priest-kings, who were highly militarized in their philosophy." The Amorites were the Am-Ar, meaning the people/tribe/caste of Ar. They are called the Aro among the people living at the confluence of the Benue and Niger Rivers in Nigeria. Some migrated to this well-watered region before the time of Abraham. Catherine Acholonu claimed that they were a caste of scribes.
She wrote, "The Igbo Ar/Aro are the scribes of the Igbo God Ele/El (Chukwu Abiama) who dwells in the southern extension of the Underground Duat called the Long Juju. They were and are still proficient in various kinds of ancient scripts called Akwukwo Aka Igwe, and Nsibidi which has many Sumerian pictographs and Egyptian hieroglyphics and has been said to be older than 5000 yrs. Sumerian pictographs were in use by 3500 BC. That shows how old Nsibidi is. It has been called the oldest writing system in Africa. The Aro were originally the military arm of the Eri clan of Priest-kings who were the first Pharaohs of Egypt and the first kings of the world. They were charged with guarding the Great Serpent's Shrine called ARO BU N'AGU."
Here is a YouTube video of Dr. Acholonu speaking on one of her favorite topics. Here is another video where she discusses "The Lost Testament of the Ancestors of Adam" - her eighteenth book.
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Former Special Adviser on Arts and Culture to the Ex-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Acholonu is a writer, researcher and former lecturer on African Cultural and Gender Studies. She is the author of over 15 books, most of which are used in secondary schools and universities in Nigeria, and in African Studies Departments in USA and Europe, the most notable of which are The Gram Code of African Adam: Stone Books and Cave Libraries, Reconstructing 450,000 Years of Africa's Lost Civilizations which earned her the award of Professor of African History and Philosophy from Pilgrim's University and Theological Seminary, North Carolina; The Earth Unchained - A Quantum Leap in Consciousness, A Reply to Al Gore; Motherism - The Afrocentric Alternative to Feminism and The Igbo Roots of Olaudah Equiano. Prof. Acholonu's works and projects have enjoyed the collaboration and the support of United States Information Service (USIA), the British Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft World and the World Monument Fund.
In 1989, as an upcoming scholar, Acholonu toured universities in USA and United Kingdom, lecturing on her research findings and discovery of the Nigerian origin of 17th Century slave author Olaudah Equiano under the United States International Visitor's Program and the British Council sponsorship Program. In 1986 she was the only Nigerian, and one of only 2 Africans to participate in the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Women, Population and Sustainable Development: the Road to Rio, Cairo and Beijing, which took place in Dominican Republic, focusing on the mainstreaming of gender into the Plans of Action of the UN world conferences of Rio, Beijing and Cairo. Prof Acholonu holds several international awards and honours. She is the founder of Afa Publications, a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Corporate Administration, a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Administrators and a Fellow of the Whelan Research Institute, Owerri to name a few. She is the founder of the Let's Help Humanitarian Project, a charity-based NGO and the Head of the Catherine Acholonu Research Center for African Cultural Sciences based in Abuja, Nigeria.
In 1990 she was honoured with the Fulbright Scholar-Writer-in-Residency award by the US government, during which she lectured as Visiting Professor at 4 colleges of the Westchester Consortium for International Studies, NY, USA.
She is listed in the International Who is Who of world Leadership, USA; the African Women Writers, Who's Who of the Top 500 Women in Nigeria; Who s Who in Nigeria; and the International Authors and Writers Who's Who, published in Cambridge, UK. She was recently appointed African Renaissance Ambassador by the African Renaissance Conference with head quarters in Benin Republic.
Prof Catherine Acholonu is Nigeria's Country Ambassador for the UN Forum of Arts and Culture (UNFAC) instituted by the global Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification based at the UN Building, Bonn, Germany. Before this new assignment, she was the Special Adviser on Arts and Culture to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1999-2002. Under the leadership of Prof. Acholonu, UNFAC a number of ambitious programs aimed at creating an interface between cultural development in local communities of Nigeria and sustainable environmental development. Under this program, UNFAC has been partnering with Microsoft to give basic IT Training to under-served community dwellers in Nigeria under the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Program.
The UNFAC team of culture researchers- linguists, anthropologists, historians, IT specialists, folklorists - led by Prof. Acholonu, are conducting research aimed at unearthing the hidden meanings of ancient Nigerian rock art/inscriptions known as Ikom Monoliths of Cross River State, which thanks to Acholonu's research findings and nomination application, have now been listed by the World Monument Fund in its 2008 list of 100 Most Endangered Sites as "a ancient form of writing and visual communication ... dating before 2000 B.C." Acholonu is seeking international support and funding for her monoliths research by which she has proved that Sub-Saharan African Blacks possessed an organized system of writing before 2000 B.C. (more than 4000 years ago) and a Pre-History recorded on 350 stones which she and her team of researchers are now transcribing and translating. (See The Gram Code of African Adam, the first in a series on the monoliths research.) She believes that the contents of these stone records will prove that Black Africans were the midwives of human civilization, and will change human history as we know it.
Acholonu is an incurable idealist and a frontline political activist. She contested for the post of President of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1992. Acholonu is one of the founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, a member of its National Women Mobilization Committee and the Imo State Woman Leader of PDP in the formative years of the party. She is the National Spokesperson of the Movement for Gender Parity, a gender-advocacy group that was in the frontline for the demand for and attainment of the post of the First Woman Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives. As a leading Nigerian political activist Prof. Catherine Acholonu is an advocate for human rights and women's rights and often expresses burning opinions in the national media on the need for government to put the people first.
Catherine Obianuju Acholonu (26 October 1951 – 18 March 2014) was a Nigerian writer, researcher and former lecturer on African Cultural and Gender Studies. She was the former Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Arts and Culture, and foundation member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).
Catherine Acholonu was born in Orlu to the family of Chief Lazarus Olumba. She attended secondary schools in Orlu before becoming the first African woman to gain a master's degree (1977) and a Ph.D. (1987) from the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. She taught at Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, commencing 1978.
Acholonu was the author of over 16 books, many of which are used in secondary schools and universities in Nigeria, and in African Studies Departments in USA and Europe. Her works and projects enjoyed the collaboration and the support of United States Information Service (USIS), the British Council, the Rockefeller Foundation and in 1989 she was invited to tour educational institutions in USA, lecturing on her works under the United States International Visitor’s Program. In 1990 Catherine Acholonu was honored with the Fulbright Scholar in Residency award by the US government, during which she lectured at four colleges of the Westchester Consortium for International studies, NY, USA.
Part of her work took her into the wider sphere of sustainable development. In 1986 she was the only Nigerian, and one of only two Africans, to participate in the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on “Women, Population and Sustainable Development: the Road to Rio, Cairo and Beijing”, which was organized jointly by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Division for the Advancement of Women, and the Division for Sustainable Development. This took place in the Dominican Republic, and focused on the mainstreaming of gender into the Plans of Action of the UN world conferences of Rio, Beijing and Cairo. Prof Acholonu holds several awards from home and abroad.
From 1999 to 2002, she was the Special Adviser on Arts and Culture to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a post she resigned from to seek election, along with a number of other writers who felt their inclusion in Nigerian politics would for the good. However, she lost the contest for the Orlu senatorial district seat of Imo State, and drew attention to irregularities and rigging.
She was recently appointed African Renaissance Ambassador by the African Renaissance Conference with headquarters in the Republic of Benin, and Nigeria’s sole representative at the global Forum of Arts and Culture for the Implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNFAC). She was listed in the International Who’s Who of World Leadership, USA; the African Women Writers’ Who’s Who; the Top 500 Women in Nigeria; Who’s Who in Nigeria; and the International Authors and Writers Who’s Who, published in Cambridge, UK.
Acholonu was the Director of the Catherine Acholonu Research Center, Abuja (CARC). The center, based in Abuja, is pioneering research into Africa's pre-history, stone inscriptions, cave art, and linguistic analyses of ancient symbols and communication mediums from the continent. She argues that Nigerian rock-art inscriptions known as Ikom Monoliths prove that "Sub-Saharan African Blacks possessed an organized system of writing before 2000 B.C." and that she and her assistants are able to translate these. In her book They Lived Before Adam: Prehistoric Origins of the Igbo The Never-Been-Ruled she argues that Igbo oral tradition is consistent with scientific research into the origins of humanity. Speaking at the Harlem Book Fair, Acholonu summarised the content of her argument in the book as follows:
Our research includes the origin and meanings of symbols used in every religion and sacred literature all over the world. In these, we found that the Hebrew Bible, the Kabbalahs of the Hebrews and the Chinese, the Hindu Vedas and Ramayana, and the recently discovered Egyptian Christian Bible called the Nag Hammadi are of immense importance in revealing lost knowledge. Wherever we looked we found evidence confirming the claims by geneticists who have been conducting mitochondrial DNA research in four leading universities here in the USA that all mankind came from sub-Saharan Africa, that Eve and Adam were black Africans...Igbo oral traditions confirm the findings of geneticists, that by 208000BC – 208000 BC – human evolution was interrupted and Adam, a hybrid, was created through the process of genetic engineering. However, our findings reveal that the creation of Adam was a downward climb on the evolutionary ladder, because he lost his divine essence, he became divided, no longer whole, or wholesome. All over Africa and in ancient Egyptian reports, oral and written traditions maintain that homo erectus people were heavenly beings, and possessed mystical powers such as telepathy, levitation, bi-location, that their words could move rocks and mountains and change the course of rivers. Adam lost all that when his right brain was shut down by those who made him.
Acholonu died on 18 March 2014 at the age of 62 from a year-long renal failure.
Poems "Going Home" "Spring's Last Drop" "Dissidents" "Harvest of War" "Other Forms of Slaughter" CollectionsThe Spring's Last Drop, 1985 Nigeria in the Year 1999, 1985 Recite and Learn - Poems for Junior Primary Schools, 1986 Recite and Learn - Poems for Senior Primary Schools, 1986
Drama/Plays Trial of the Beautiful Ones: a play in one act, Owerri, Nigeria: Totan, 1985 The Deal and Who is the Head of State, Owerri, Nigeria: Totan, 1986 Into the Heart of Biafra: a play in three acts, Owerri, Nigeria: C. Acholonu, 1970
Essays and non-fiction Western and indigenous traditions in modern Igbo literature , 1985. Motherism, The Afrocentric Alternative to Feminism, 1995. The Igbo Roots of Olaudah Equiano, 1995, revised 2007. The Earth Unchained: a quantum leap in consciousness: a reply to Al Gore, 1995 Africa the New Frontier - Towards a Truly Global Literary Theory for the 21st Century. Lecture Delivered to the Association of Nigerian Authors annual Convention, 2002. The Gram Code of African Adam: Stone Books and Cave Libraries, Reconstructing 450,000 Years of Africa's Lost Civilizations, 2005 They Lived Before Adam: pre-historic origins of the Igbo - the never-been-ruled (Ndi Igbo since 1.6 million B.C.), 2009. Winner of the USA-based International Book Awards (2009) in the Multi-cultural non-fiction category. The Lost Testament of the Ancestors of Adam: Unearthing Heliopolis/Igbo Ukwu - The celestial City of the Gods of Egypt and India, 2010
Articles and chapters (with Joyce Ann Penfield), "Linguistic Processes of Lexical Innovation in Igbo." Anthropological Linguistics. 22 (1980). 118-130. "The Role of Nigerian Dancers in Drama." Nigeria Magazine. 53.1 (1985). 33-39. "The Home of Olaudah Equiano -- A Linguistic and Anthropological Search", The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. 22.1 (1987). 5-16. "L'Igbo Langue Litteraire: Le Cas du Nigeria." [Literary Igbo Language: The Case of Nigeria.] Notre Librairie: Revue du Livre: Afrique, Caraibes, Ocean Indien. 98 (Jul-Sept 1989). 26-30. "Mother was a Great Man." In The Heinemann Book of African Women's Writing. Ed. Charlotte H. Bruner. London: Heinemann, 1993. 7-14. "Motherism: The Afrocentric Alternative to Feminism." Ishmael Reed's Konch Magazine. Online: http://www.ishmaelreedpub.com/CatherineAcholonu.html. (March–April 2002).
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A SPEECH PRESENTED BY PROFESSOR CATHERINE ACHOLONU ON THE OCCASION OF THE USA LAUNCHING/PRSENTATION OF THE BOOK THEY LIVED BEFORE ADAM:
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A SPEECH PRESENTED BY PROFESSOR CATHERINE ACHOLONU ON THE OCCASION OF THE USA LAUNCHING/PRSENTATION OF THE BOOK THEY LIVED BEFORE ADAM: PRE-HISTORIC ORIGINS OF THE IGBO, THE NEVER BEEN RULED AT THE IGBO STUDIES ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE, HOWARD UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON DC, 3RD-4TH APRIL. 2009
Fellow scholars of Igbo and African Studies, last year at this very conference, my co-researcher Dr. Ajay Prabhakar and I, presented a paper titled “The Sons of God and the Unshakable Generation: Tracing Igbo Divine Rights through Pre-History, Forgotten Scriptures and Oral Tradition”. It received excited reactions form some members of the audience, keen interest from others and laughter from a few. But we remember keenly that at the same conference, one Dr. Abdul Salau, a Hausa/Fulani presenter from Delaware University gave a paper detailing Igbo linguistic influence on ancient Egypt. Our paper dwelt on Igbo language influences on ancient Akkadian, Sumerian ancient Canaanite/Hebrew, modern Chinese, English and other far-flung languages. But it did something more, it followed the Igbo story through the Oral Traditions of other Nigerian and Kwa peoples through North Africa onto ancient Greece and so forth using information gleaned from ancient and esoteric literatures and lost Scriptures.
Since the time we last stood before this venerable audience, we have in fact concluded the first phase of the research and we have published our findings under the title They Lived Before Adam: Pre-historic Origins of the Igbo, The Never Been Ruled (a CARC Publication, Abuja, 2009).
They Lived Before Adam traces the unknown and lost History of the people of Igbo extraction all the way to 500,000 – 1,000,000 B.C. It is the result of more than 20 years of painstaking search and research through mainstream scientific discoveries in the area of Archaeology, Paleontology (the study of Human fossils), Genetic and DNA Engineering, Linguistics but also through ancient and esoteric records, lost Scriptures and Mythologies of Africa, Europe and Asia, as well as through the Histories and Oral Traditions of various nations and continents of the globe, for traces of Igbo presence.
This search revealed that the Igbo are the oldest single group of people on planet earth; that Igbo presence on planet earth goes all the way back to Early Man, otherwise called Homo Erectus, the direct ancestor of Homo Sapiens Sapiens (Modern Man/Thinking Man); that it was the Igbo who seeded other races and gave culture and civilization to the rest of the human race; and that Igbo language was a direct off-shoot of that One World/Mother Language of Humanity supposedly lost at Babel.
The now late Professor Adiele Afigbo, may his great soul rest in perfect peace, foremost Igbo and Nigerian Historian, who was to review the book for the Abuja launch that took lace on 25th of March, 2009 before he fell ill a few weeks before and never recovered, said of our work in this regard, “They Lived Before Adam is out of this world. It is not only a work of History. It’s a work of Revelation.” And he admitted to Prof. T.U. Nwala, that “the area of Pre-History is an area we have not given serious attention to. And I find Catherine’s work a bold challenge to not only Historians in this part of the world but to scholars in all areas of Cultural Studies…”
Senator Uche Chukwumerije who is spear-heading an all-Igbo re-launch of the book describes They Lived Before Adam as “a life defining-landmark, a central literature for Ndi Igbo”.
Ambassador Raph Uwaechue, Elder Statesman and President, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo said of They Lived Before Adam, “The information contained in that book makes our work of Igbo emancipation, spiritual empowerment and moral and ethical re-engineering a lot easier. It is a veritable tool for Igbo Renaissance.”
At the just-concluded world presentation of the book at Abuja, requests were made that an all-Igbo launch of the book should be held at Enugu state in the not-so-distant future. HRH Light Eze Ezedioramma Aniagu, Shikagumma of Enugunato-Ihe, whom we were meeting for the first time, kindly offered to promote the book by buying one hour weekly airtime on NTA Network Service towards the dissemination of the contents of the book.
They Lived Before Adam is a roughly 500-page compendium of hitherto unknown facts about Ndi Igbo in Pre-historic times. It details the forgotten and lost Igbo past from their earliest beginnings and supplies the missing links that have created the foundation upon which Igbo Philosophy, social systems, belief systems, politics, culture and tradition have been crafted through the millennia. It details the results of decades of research on the lost and forgotten roots of Ndi Igbo and brings to the fore Professor F. Anozie’s archaeological conclusions that as early as 500,000 to one million B.C. Igbo heartland land was inhabited by an Early Stone Age race of people whom paleontologists have classified as Homo Erectus or Early Man. These people, whose culture was characterized by the stone axe, were the direct ancestors of Homo Sapiens. They were the products of a very long evolution in the Nigerian environment and French Paleontologists working in the Chad Basin have dated their earliest known ancestors to 7 million B.C.
The archaeological findings at Ugwuele documented over twenty years ago by veteran archaeologist of the Nsukka School, late Professor F.N. Anozie, have lain dormant, excised from the realm of Igbo Studies because the esteemed Professor Adiele Afigbo had written that the Ugwuele Archeulians were not Igbo. But our work shows that they were indeed Igbo, and that they were both the products and the carriers of an unbroken bloodline of sons and daughters of the Uncreated God and, being themselves uncreated products of evolution, were the ancestors of Adam – the man who was hand-made.
We have evidence from recently translated cuneiform records of ancient Sumer that Adam was a product of genetic mutation of Homo Erectus specimens taken from West Africa by so called Nephilim Gods or Annunaki. These earliest humans were in fact the source of the claim by the mainland Igbo that they are ‘sons of the soil’. Along with other pockets of Homo Erectus inhabitants of Africa, the Igbo Early Man was the direct ancestor of Modern Man (Homo Sapiens Sapiens otherwise called Adam). Specimens of Adam’s words and the words spoken by succeeding generations of his children show that Adam spoke a language very close to the Igbo language still spoken today in Nigeria; and that through him and his seed, Igbo culture was dispersed in its earliest form, throughout the first world and took root in ancient Palestine, Asia, Europe, the Americas to name a few.
Linguistic evidence found on all five continents of the globe, indicate that all pockets of Homo Erectus people on the African continent spoke one single language and that that language was inherited by Homo Sapiens. This singular Mother Language of mankind, which was said to have been lost at Babel, was in fact not far removed from the language spoken today in Igbo land and to a lesser extent among their Kwa brethren – Yoruba, Benin, Igala, Ashanti, etc. Its traces still abound in almost every language spoken by man to this day. Igbo linguistic, cultural, philosophical and ideological gifts to the world, which have survived to this day, are legion. They include Democracy and Monotheism.
Leaning on Archaeology, Linguistics, Historical, Anthropological and Paleontological sources, but also using Igbo, Yoruba and Benin Oral Traditions (for all these peoples are related), Biblical and extra-Biblical sources such as the Hebrew and Chinese Cabbalas, our researchers trace the presence of Igbo-speaking, ichi-bearing god-men world civilizers all the way from the ancient Nok region of Nigeria, to the Sahara Desert of North Africa and to Pre- and Post-Deluge civilizations around the world, all the way to Egypt, China, India, Greece, Babylon, Assyria, Palestine, etc.; their Pre-Deluge connections to the lost continent of Atlantis where the Igbo language was also spoken; their contributions to the shaping of Hebrew culture, Judaism, the Cabbala and ultimately, Christianity; and their role in ancient Egypt in shaping world Democracy and Philosophy as inventors, architects, philosophers and masterminds of Theocracy and of the egalitarian society known in Greece and the world over as Democracy. Indeed Ndi Igbo have never ceased to be world travelers. As they populate the remotest parts of the planet today, so have they done since at least 500,000 B. C.
In fact the ‘Out of Africa’ phenomenon whereby Early Man left the African continent to populate other continents of the globe, was a Mega-Igbo Phenomenon, occasioned by the incurable Igbo urge to expand, discover and settle. We found evidence of Anambra-speaking ichi-bearing Igbos in Anatolia (Turkey) and the Aegean as far back as 2,500 B.C. The Awka/Nri/Nkanu/Nsukka/Enugu cultural phenomenon was an offshoot of ancient Nok, the lost Holy City of Light, Old Ife/Ihe, the seat of Idu - a world-renowned sovereign who ruled the world from the center of the Earth, which is in today’s Nigeria - a place marked in ancient maps of the world as Median Biafra (a ‘Median’ in any map is the center of that map). They gave Egypt its first god-men or Pharaohs (Opara-Ihe) before 9,000 B. C.
Speakers of Ngwa, Onitsha and Umuahia dialects were writing Igbo on sticks and on stone in the British Isles by 5,000 B.C. and were the inventors of the ancient Irish Ogam (also called Ogu ama) alphabet whose stone inscriptions have now been transcribed, revealing an ancient Igbo Bible on Stone. The only surviving vernacular word from Atlantis recorded by Plato from Egyptian priests is a word still in use in Anambra State.
300 carved ancient stone monoliths with strange inscriptions known as Akwa-Nshi were discovered fifty years ago by colonial anthropologists in the forests of Ikom in Cross River State. The natives claim the ancient inscriptions were made by “Stone Age Early Man” dwarfs known in Ikom as Monkom and in Igbo land as Nwa Nshi. The linguistic connection between Akwa-Nshi, Nwa-Nshi and Nshi-biri – the local name of the inscriptions (which translates into Igbo as ‘written by Nshi’) reveals that the inscriptions were made by a people who spoke Igbo Language. Ikom description of these people in their oral traditions shows that they were the same Stone Age Homo Erectus Igbo of Anozie’s archaeological discovery.
Professor F.N. Anozie’s archeological work in Ugwu-Ele, Uturu, Okigwe and his revelation that Early Man (Homo Erectus) was living in Igbo land in Okigwe and environs by 500,000 to 1 Million B.C. places ancient Ndi Igbo in Igbo land at least 250,000 years before the creation of Adam following the calculations of Geneticists from Mitochondrial DNA analysis conducted in four leading US universities. Orlu/Amaigbo/Isu migrated from Ugwuele, Uturu, Okigwe under the umbrella of a man called Ele (alias Okwara-Ugwu-Ele) and are thus the direct descendants of the Ugwuele Homo Erectus or sons of the Soil. They and the people of Mbaise and Mbano and others within the heartland still retain in their native customs, cultural traits that are aboriginal, perhaps belonging to the Homo Erectus period, 500, 000 B. C., a period defined in the works of Adieele Afigbo as “the Age of Innocence when our earliest Igbo ancestors walked with God and were fed divine substance as food: an Eternal Day with no night, sleep or toil”.
Yoruba Ifa Oral History maintains that the greatest god known to the Yoruba was Obatala (Oba ntu ala), who is the ancestor of the Igbo nation. Ifa claims that Obatala was the god who saved the earth after the Deluge. Ifa priests refer to him as “Osere Igbo: the Ancient of Days, the First Son of God … the Prince of Peace … the one who conquered death by rising from the dead after 16 days in the grave”. These are, to say the least vital discoveries about Igbo origins and identity unknown to the Igbo themselves.
The 2,000 year old Nag Hammadi Scriptures of Jesus Christ and his chosen disciples, uncovered sixty years ago deep in the desert-sands of Egypt, adds the final missing links to the mystery of Igbo identity. It tells about a people whose cosmology is rooted in the numbers four and eight, who emanated from the realm of the Eternal Day where there was no Darkness, nor toil, nor sleep; a “kingless generation with no kingdom over them because they are all kings” (Igbo Enwe Eze); a people whose most central symbol is the quadrangle (the basic geometry of Igbo ichi); a people who worship the Primal Goddess (as in Ala/Ani); a people among whom “the three entities Father, Mother and Child exist as perceptible speech having within it three names abiding in three nnn” as in Nne, Nna and Nwa or Nwoke, Nwanyi and Nwata – the Nag Hammadi Trinity. The Nag Hammadi also called The African Gospel of Jesus Christ calls this people the First Sons of the true God, and says of them, “the fourth generation, which is the most exalted, is kingless and perfect. These people – kingless, perfect generation – will enter the Holy place of their Father and thy will reside in rest and eternal ineffable glory, and ceaseless joy. They already are kings. They are the immortal within the mortal and they will condemn the gods of chaos and their powers.”
The Nag Hammadi Scriptures is not alone in ascribing divinity and royalty to the Igbo, in fact Yoruba oral tradition says in Ifa that the greatest of all the divinities in the Yoruba pantheon is the ancestor of the Igbo nation. They call him Obatala and Ifa says he is the ‘First Son of God’ who was sent to save the earth after the deluge and to repopulate it with life; that he was the creator of man. Benin oral tradition says that the Deluge took place over quarrels between the gods arising from the birth of an Igbo child under illegitimate circumstances.
We studied the esoteric meanings of Igbo symbols and etymons from a global perspective, and found that they are not only universal, they are leading symbols used in all major religions to describe the nature of God or the Goddess as the case may be. Thus the double concentric circle of Igbo Ukwu fame and the Kwa in Okwa-ra both represent the First Son of God, while the ichi is a representation of the children of the Earth-Goddess. Chi is the name of the god-man and the etymon –ka- [as in Nkanu, nka, dioka, ka (greeting)] means Sacred Fire or Holy Spirit. It is also synonymous with Kwa.
Our ongoing research shows that the Igbo were the first sons within the Kwa language family, thus we were able to prove Adiele Afigbo’s Mega Igbo/Proto-Kwa hypothesis, and we told him so at the Ahiajoku lecture, and he was very happy. We found very deep-rooted Kwa and Igbo links with the Nok civilization and with the lost continent of Atlantis. We found that Nri was an offshoot of the Nok civilization of the Niger-Benue confluence, which was the so called Old Ife of Idu fame, the locale of the famous filial rivalry between the Yoruba ancestor and his Igbo senior brother Obatala which led to their parting ways and to the loss of the Oduduwa title by the Igbo ancestor.
They Lived Before Adam is a must read for every Igbo man, woman and child and a vital source book for Igbo scholars. This book restores our self worth as a people and makes an undeniably powerful case for the preservation and study of Igbo origins, native language and dialects, culture, oral traditions and philosophies. It was through our good understanding of Igbo dialects that we were able to draw most of the vital conclusions that were critical to our theses. For that, we join professor Chinua Achebe in calling for the preservation of Igbo dialects as is being done in all other languages at this time.
Ndi Igbo at home and abroad can give our children something to believe in at last – themselves and their ancestral values. They Lived Before Adam does this for us. In fact the magic and mystery that surrounds Igbo identity as a divine race is known to all and sundry, except Ndi Igbo themselves. To paraphrase the words of the iroko himself, Chinua Achebe, the failure of a people begins when the belief in themselves is taken from them; then the detractor needs do no more (Achebe, Morning Yet on Creation Day).
Ndi Igbo happen to be among the few groups of people in the world whose core traditional philosophies of life consist of virtues rather than vices – Justice and fair play (Ikpe kwu oto), Impeccability (ikwuba aka oto/ijide ogu), Peace and the brotherhood of Man (onye biri ibe ya biri), right action and right judgment (ofo na ogu/ome ihe jide ofo), right is might (ofo ka nsi), Eucharistic communion with God and man as demonstration of purity of mind and soul in one and all (onye wetara oji wetara ndu, egbe bere ugo bere). The Igbo are perhaps the only group of people in the world whose basic custom, Grundnorm and Philosophy of life is rooted in the observance of personal and collective Holiness, sinless-ness and living in a state of grace. This is totally at variance with what obtains in the customs of the Hebrews for instance, where the Law of God gave approval to a people to exterminate their hosts and take over the latter’s land. In all these, ancient Igbo culture shows itself as the likely fore-runner of Christianity, and The Nag Hammadi revelations confirms it to be so.
It is worthy of note that in ancient Akkadian, Egyptian and Greece the words Paraa/Peraa/pr/phar/pal all mean First Son, Divine Prince and Royalty - another Igbo gift to the world, which implies that the Igbo were the first kings the world knew and that the word ‘Prince’ (Opara Nshi?) was most likely derived from Igbo language and ancient global tradition of kingship of the world. This appears to be so because the Greeks and other Aegean nations got their kings from a clan of god-men of unknown origins who called themselves Pelop (translated as ‘Crown Prince’), a cognate of Igbo Opala Okpu. It was obviously these Igbo-speaking Crown Princes who gave the tradition of royalty to Greece and the rest of Europe. Our analysis of the language of the earliest settlers in the Americas also reveal that Igbo was the language of the land chiefs who brought culture and writing to the Andes and environs. As in Greece, these migrants bore the ichi scarifications on their faces and their boats and named their installations and cities in Igbo language. All these details are clearly delineated in They Lived Before Adam, a must read for every Igbo and Black African; a must read too for everyone who is keen on truth.
The compilation and release of They Lived Before Adam were planned to coincide with the Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, CODES and Aka Ikenga sponsored First Festival of Igbo Civilization, as our contribution to the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and to honor Achebe’s achievements for the Igbo on the global scene. Accordingly it was formerly presented to the President of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Ambassador Raph Uwaechue and to Chinua Achebe who received his copy along with his wife after his Ahiajoku Lecture at Owerri. They Lived Before Adam is a vital step in the process of piecing together those Things (that) Fell Apart in the Igbo world. It is a labor of love from a woman who has spent the best twenty years of her life searching out the truth about Ndi Igbo. The book also addresses Igbo-phobia in African Studies and the Olaudah Equiano/Vincent Caretta controversy. It was launched in Abuja on 25th March 2009 and the President Gneral, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo is hosting an All-Igbo Launch/Rally in support of They Lived at Okpara Square, Enugu on 27th June, 2009.
Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, the apex Igbo organization, has requested that a simplified edition of They Lived Before Adam be produced for the less educated readers and that schools editions be made available for children in Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools. We are therefore calling on interested individuals and organizations to sign up, join and/or support the second phase of the project and take the Igbo Story to all Ndi Igbo and to the world.
On behalf of my co-authors, I thank you all as I salute and bow before the Divinity in all Igbo and in you.
Catherine Acholonu, Washington D. C., April 4th, 2009.
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