Songhai Empire

The Ibo Jews Descend From the Tribe of Gad, Zevulun, Menashe, Levitical Migrants, Judeans, and Asher

The Ibo Jews Descend From the Tribe of Gad, Zevulun, Menashe, Levitical Migrants, Judeans, and Asher

Source: Nigeria Virtual Jewish History Tour (Jewish Virtual Library) 2020 A.D. From the source, "According to oral traditions, the Ibo have resided in “Iboland,” a region of modern-day Nigeria, for over 1500 years. Before that, the tradition asserts that they were migrants from ancient Israel. There exist a number of theories that explain from whom the Ibo are descendant, and how they came to reside in Nigeria. One theory contends that the Ibo are the descendants of one of the lost tribes. Ibo Jews The Ibo of Benei Gath are said to have descended from Gath (Gad), the eighth son of Jacob. The…
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Ten Tribes of Israel are in Africa

Ten Tribes of Israel are in Africa

Source: Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture (ABC-CLIO, LLC) 2008 A.D. Note: Page 449 of the source. Note: Page 451 of the source. Note: Page 453 of the source. Note: Page 454 of the source. Note: Page 493 of the source. This source is powerful because it is a credible piece of Jewish literature that ties together many different elements of Israelites transitioning into the northern regions of Africa and then eventually into West Africa. Israel is literally scattered all-throughout Africa from Northeast Africa to West Africa to South Africa. Israel has been dispersed throughout Africa, especially…
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Igbos: The Lost Tribes

Igbos: The Lost Tribes

Source: Igbo Jews of Nigeria (Shavei Israel) 2011 A.D. In Igboland / Negroland / The land of the Jews , West Africa you can find descendants Of Gad, Manasseh, Zebulon and other family's of the Northern Kingdom. Descendants of Eri 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…
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The Black Jews of Timbuktu (Mali)

The Black Jews of Timbuktu (Mali)

Source: Shavei.org (Shavei Israel) There are approximately 1,000 people with alleged Jewish roots in Timbuktu, Mali. They arrived in the 14th century fleeing persecution in Spain, and migrated south to the Timbuktu area, at that time part of the Songhai Empire. Among them was the Kehath (Ka’ti) family, descended from Ismael Jan Kot Al-yahudi of Scheida, Morocco. Sons of this prominent family founded three villages that still exist near Timbuktu—Kirshamba, Haybomo, and Kongougara. In 1492, Askia Muhammed came to power in the previously tolerant region of Timbuktu and decreed that Jews must convert to Islam or leave; Judaism became illegal…
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