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Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by KINGofHELL: 10:45am On May 24, 2021
Igala may not be related to everyone in southeast Nigeria, especially those of Aro and/or Jewish origin but Igala is related to Nri people considering some related cultures between us. Although, some South-easterners believe that Eri/Eli was the father of all Igbo people, while some disagree
with that.

But Eri, as a person, how was he related to Igala if actually he was? According to some Igbo historians, Atta, one of the sons of Eri was the founder of Igala people. But Igala was not founded by one person as it is popular that Igala settled in Wukari-Taraba state after coming from Egypt through Borno … and later migrated from Wukari to Idah.

In addition, Attah is a tittle in Igala land not a person as they said, and it means father. So, Attah
Igala means Father of Igala. Thus, this version does not have any truth.


Another version said that Eri migrated from Igala area to Aguleri and later married an Igala wife who begot a son called Onoja Oboli, and that the Onoja later founded Igala. This is so cyclic and very contradictory.

If Eri migrated from Igala which was already in existence before even marrying his wife or getting a son, how come the same Igala will be founded by Onoja? This also does not hold water.

The third version said that Eri came from heaven with his wife and settled near Omabala river. He later got a child called Idah who founded Igala. Again, this is very strange to many popular world historians as Idah was just a location and not the name of person.

Idah was from Ona Imuda, meaning the road has ended because the road or path they were following during their (Igala people) migration ended at the bank of river Niger and they Igala people had to settle
down there. Till date, no man or ruler or Attah Igala among the royal clan had/has Idah as his
name. This makes this version also false.


There is another version which is still different. These inconsistence versions by Igbo historians could not provide provable facts. However, all of them point to one direction, and that is; Eri or Igbo was the father of Igala people.

But considering some similar cultures between Eri people and Igala, and which are not common btw Eri and other Igbo towns, some historians believed that Eri was Igala who left Idah and settled around Omabala river many century ago just like many other Igala people across Nigeria and beyond.

▪︎ As seen in the photo, it can be seen that the Eze Nri dressed like Attah Igala, as he had Ejubejuailo (pectoral mask) on the chest. It is worthy of note here that Ejubejuailo is worn by Attah Igala and no other traditional leader in the entire world. It was taken by Igala soldiers from the Oba of Benin in 1515 during our first war with them. So, how come the Eze Nri dressed (in 1944) like Attah Igala if he was not of Igala? Recall that many Igala communities outside Kogi state have traditional titles like Attah (eg Attah of Obosi), Agaba Idu, Idu, Akor, Okakwu, Okpala, etc while some dress like Attah Igala to show their Igala identity.

▪︎From available information, it was stated that the burial of any late Eze Nri is similar or related to that of Attah Igala including the Atebo/Atama of Igala and Adama of Eri side.

▪︎But that is not all, according to Mr Lawton in 1917,[b] [b]“The Nris are of Igara [Igala] stock, extended themselves southward from Idah”. “Practically all the towns north of the Onitsha-Akwa road are Nri- including Nteje, Umuleri and Aguleri”. In the Awka Division, Akwuju, Igbariam and Amanuke, Orumebo, Oreri are Nris”

▪︎In 1955, an Aguleri man, M. C. M. Idigo stated that “The Aguleri people originated from Igara [Igala] and migrated to their present area about 3 or 4 centuries ago. The leader Eri, a warrior, took his people on a war expedition, and after long travel and many fights, established his camp at Eri-aka, near Odanduli stream, a place which lies between Ifite and Igbezunu Aguleri. Eri, with his soldiers, went out regularly from his settlement to Urada, Nnadi and other surrounding towns on war raids and captured many of the inhabitants. These were the Ibo-speaking people and by mixing with them and inter-marriage, the immigrants adopted the language”.

▪︎In 1960, J. S. Boston stated that “The northern Umunri villages say that the clan was founded by a man called Eri who came to the Anambra area from Igala country and settled at the Aguleri…”

More proofs of Eri being Igala

Below are the names of the children of Eri.

1. Agulu, an Igala name meaning “The one who stays or waits see or find it”. He was the founder of Aguleri.

2. Menri (Ume-eri). Ume means gift or given. He was the founder of Umuleri

3. Onogu (Onu-ogu), meaning warrior or leader of war

4. Attah, an Igala name meaning father

5. Iguedo, meaning he stays or resides in the middle or centre of.

All these names including Eri are still being used by Igalas till date. There is no Igbo man bearing Agulu, Eri or Attah presently from my findings.

Pls note: Eri been from Igala does not mean that all Igbos were from Igala. There are many communities where Igala people are in southeast Nigeria. In addition, the communities founded by the children or descendants of Eri are all Igalas.

▪︎Conclusion: From the above points especially that of the Nri descendant, M. C. M. Idigo, I will join my mouth with them to say that “ERI MIGRATED FROM IGALA”. That is, Eri was Igala who migrated from Idah just like many other Igala people across the 28 states of Nigeria. .. and do you know what, our reconnection will take place soon. God bless Igala Kingdom.

References
1. Oral sources
2. Various online sources
3. Dr Nwanko T. Nwaezeigwe (2013): “The politics of
Igbo origin and culture: The Igbo-Ukwu and Nri factors Reconsidered ”

Credit
Amb Ayegba A. A. (General Igala Ambassador)
Teacher, Researcher and Igala Unity Advocate.

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Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by 0jgti7gko08yhfe: 10:47am On May 24, 2021
Informative!

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Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by Kriss216: 10:49am On May 24, 2021
They migrated from Yoruba.




Can we rest now
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by Nobody: 10:49am On May 24, 2021
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Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by 123456789O: 10:50am On May 24, 2021
kmcutez:
Igbos always steal other people’s history, culture, language etc.

Lol

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Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by heniford2: 11:10am On May 24, 2021
kmcutez:
Igbos always steal other people’s history, culture, language etc., so not surprised by this info.
lol igbo people too much wahala grin 4 ur mind u dey pray make you be igbo naw abi smiley
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by SlayerForever: 11:12am On May 24, 2021
Waste of time. The Igbo race marches forward.
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by nsiba: 11:19am On May 24, 2021
Same with Aros and Abribas

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Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by OfoIgbo: 11:19am On May 24, 2021
THE BOND BETWEEN THE IGALA AND IGBO ETHNIC NATIONALITIES OF NIGERIA - SOME HISTORICAL FACTS.
Posted by OKAKACHI.COM7q6a OKAKACHI.COM

Igala are an ethnic group of Nigeria situated east of the river Niger and Benue confluence and astride the Niger in Lokoja. Their religious practice is broadly Christianity and Islam, with, of course, some sketches of African religion, all of which do not in any way affect their interpersonal relationship as it is common to see in a family in Igalaland where either the Father is a Muslim and Mother a Christian or Parents are Muslims and Children are Christians or vice-versa, yet all relate amicably well in all ramifications.
The Igala population is estimated at about 4million and overflow to outside their home base to regions like Anambra, Delta, Edo and Enugu States, with strong traditional base, and now in ABIA State of Nigeria as partners for progress. The Igala language is part of the Eastern Kwa sub group or the West Benue-Congo subgroup of the Niger-Congo language family where the Igbo also belong, depending on the school of thought of the observer. The traditional Igala society is largely agrarian, although fishing is also a mainstay of the people especially the Igalas of the riverine Idah area. The Igala are identified by the old oral tradition of Western Igbo as descendants of Igbo migrants who migrated westward during the expansion of the proto-Igbo peoples at the beginning of the 1st millennium.

The central geographical location of the Igala people has exposed them to a wide variety of linguistic as well as cultural influences from other ethnic groups in the country. Notable among these are the Bini, the Igbo, the Hausa, their closest sisters-Idoma and the Yoruba ethnic groups. They are ruled by a father figure called the Attah. The word Attah means 'Father' and the full title of the ruler is 'Attah Igala', meaning, the Father of Igala. Among the most revered Attahs of the Igala kingdom are Attah Ayegba Oma Idoko and Atta Ameh Oboni.

According to oral tradition, Attah Ayegba Oma Idoko offered his most beloved daughter, Inikpi to ensure that the Igalas win a war of liberation from the Jukuns' dominance while Attah Ameh Oboni was known to be very brave and resolute and revered for his stiff resistance of the British and his struggles to uphold some ancient traditions of the Igalas. When he got wind of a plan to depose and exile him by the British, he committed suicide by hanging himself to forestall the plan; for this and other numerous exploits recorded in his time, he is regarded by most Igalas as the last real traditional Attah Igala. The present Atta is His Royal Highness, Atta Aliyu Ocheja Obaje, a well read, intelligent and well respected Father. The Igala word for King is Onu, one of which has gathered us here today to honour some deserving people, the Onu Igala Abia state, his highness, Alhaji Usman Mohammed.

To divorce the Igala influence from the modern Igbo cultural evolution would be a travesty of history. The evidence of the cross cultural mix appears to be genuine. According to several sources, Igbo people evolved over a long period of 4000 BC to 500 AD in Igbo land through waves of migrations. Oral accounts stated that her northern neighbours migrated into her heartland in search of fertile land and rich marine life. The majority of which were the Igalas. The Igalas settled amongst the locals east of the Niger, altering the historiography of many towns in today's Anambra state and parts of the present Oshimmili Local Government in Delta state.

For instance in Anambra state, there are traces of Igala history in some communities of the Local Government councils of the state such as - Ayamelum, Ihiala, Oyi, Awka North/South, Aniocha, Dunukofia, Onitsha North/South, Ogbaru, Anambra East/West and Njikoka. The migration did not only affect the area known today as Anambra state, a sizeable portion of Enugu state's communities have Igala ancestry as well. Thus, it would be right to call it a reverse migration, occurring about eight hundred years after which Eri was reported to have founded the modern Igbo nation with its set of unique religious doctrine. It was also a period one of his sons, Onoja, was said to have departed northwards and founded the Igala land.

Eri's children were listed as Nri-Ifikuanim Menri, Agulu, ONOJA, Ogbodudu, Onogu and his only daughter, Iguedo. Together and respectively, his off-springs were instrumental to founding the towns of Aguleri, Igbariam, Ogbunike, Nando, Nri, Enugu-Ukwu, Nteje, Enugu-Agidi, and so many other settlements in the East and West of the Niger. From the foregoing and other numerous historical facts, it is indeed difficult to draw a line between the Igbo and Igala history.

However, according to P.E. OKWOLI, a native Igalaman, and renowned historian, in the ancient times, new rulers from the Igbo communities of Igala ancestry must go to Igala to be taught kingship rituals and ceremonials. Although he mentioned that Igala and Umueri towns are related, Umueri needed not to go to Igala for any sort of tutelage. An exemption that might explain Nri-Ifikuanim and Agulu's seniority to their younger brother Onoja, the founder of Igala.

P.E. Okwoli stated inter-alia some binding revelations that "In Nsukka and the rest of Igbo land, there is a popular masquerade called Agabaidu, and this is a significant cultural point. In Nsukka, the word Agabidu is used to refer to an eminent man, while it is used to refer to a King in Igala. Also Asadu is the word for kingmaker among the Igbo, while it is called Achadu among the Igala. There are some other words which are signs of close cultural ties shared by both Igala and the Igbo. These include Atama, which means Chief Priest in both languages. Ajogwu means warrior among the Igala and the Igbo" Both the Igbo and Igala have four market days which are – EKE, ORIE, AFOR & NKWO in Igbo and EKE, EDE, AFOR & UKWO in Igala seriatim. What more can be more binding! Is it that we both eat OSIKAPA as rice, ABACHA as cassava, EGWA/AGWA as beans, store our clothing in AKPATI called box or that the names - Okolo, Oji, Okwoli, Akoh, Odiba, etc in Igala are called Okoro, Orji, Okoli, Akor and Odida in Igbo? What is more important is that we are today celebrating togetherness.

Long live Ndigbo, long live Igalas and long live Nigeria.
Thank you all for the attention and God bless us all!!!

AGONO, Enemaduku, OIK.
(OFFICER of the IGALA KINGDOM)
28th November, 2010.

So it is clear Nri predates Igala. Even Aguleri predates Igala.
Till date, Igala people still use the Nri-owned four market days which are really deities owned by the Umunri people, which includes Enugwu-Agidi, Enugwu-Ukwu, Agukwu-Nri and Nawfia.
If Nri people came from Igala, then this cultural phenomenon would have been the other way round.

Lawton was told severally that Nri people crowned the Attah of Igala but he didn't believe it. What changed everyone's perception of Nri and gave a glimpse into how ancient Nri was, was the Igbo-Ukwu bronze works that were studied by Cambridge university's Prof. Thurstan Shaw.
That was the first time it became clear that Nri predated both Benin and Igala by many centuries.

Lawton's findings and postulations were done decades before the Igbo-Ukwu bronze works were discovered, so quoting a wrong source has led to you reaching a wrong conclusion.

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Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by funkekemi(f): 11:28am On May 24, 2021
Igbos my in-laws Una don suffer ,any idiot can wake up one morning to write bullshit ,well if no one talks about you , you are no one .I'm privileged to be married in igbo land and I will forever remain loyal to this great tribe

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Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by EdoDefence: 11:50am On May 24, 2021
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KINGofHELL:


References
1. Oral sources
2. Various online sources
3. Dr Nwanko T. Nwaezeigwe (2013): “The politics of
Igbo origin and culture: The Igbo-Ukwu and Nri factors Reconsidered ”

Credit
Amb Ayegba A. A. (General Igala Ambassador)
Teacher, Researcher and Igala Unity Advocate.
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Total rubbish, Benin has never been defeated in battle till this day except for British

gregyboy
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by illicit(m): 11:54am On May 24, 2021
When u mentioned 28 states
U spoiled everything
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by Madmohamed1: 11:59am On May 24, 2021
kmcutez:
Igbos always steal other people’s history, culture, language etc., so not surprised by this info.
when we say igala is our brother know you start talking nonsense
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by blues234: 12:33pm On May 24, 2021
Una don carry this nonsense revision based history come nairaland. After taken enough beating from sound Igbo historian, like Peter Benson and Dede Chibu on Facebook, na nairaland una wan come. In reality, Igala is a fusion of Igbo, Yoruba, Edo and Idoma.
Your language is considered Yoruboid, just like the Itshekiris and Ilajes.
Igbo is way older than Igala. This is based on scientific studies, plus archaeological evidence not spin out stories and folktales from one wanna be historian, a road side mechanic for that matter.
Igalas are our babies, not the other way round. And for your information, the campaign against northern Igboland to carve them into your dream Igala state is dead on arrival. It will never happen, whether in a united Nigeria, or post Nigeria

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Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by RisenJoe(m): 12:36pm On May 24, 2021
KINGofHELL:


[s]References
1. Oral sources
2. Various online sources
3. Dr Nwanko T. Nwaezeigwe (2013): “The politics of
Igbo origin and culture: The Igbo-Ukwu and Nri factors Reconsidered ”

Credit
Amb Ayegba A. A. (General Igala Ambassador)
Teacher, Researcher and Igala Unity Advocate.[/s]

Am sure that who ever wrote that crap that you use as a point of reference is not older than Moses who wrote my own reference point

And the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli.
Genesis 46:16 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/gen.46.16.KJV
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by blues234: 12:44pm On May 24, 2021
kmcutez:
Igbos always steal other people’s history, culture, language etc., so not surprised by this info.
Shut your ignorant mouth up! It takes a kindergarten mind to believe this crap, one sided story. Just shut up if you don't have anything reasonable to say. angry
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by ekesol: 12:56pm On May 24, 2021
KINGofHELL:


References
1. Oral sources
2. Various online sources
3. Dr Nwanko T. Nwaezeigwe (2013): “The politics of
Igbo origin and culture: The Igbo-Ukwu and Nri factors Reconsidered ”

Credit
Amb Ayegba A. A. (General Igala Ambassador)
Teacher, Researcher and Igala Unity Advocate.

Rubbish please the writer should tell me why all the market says in igala are Igbo names.
Tell me also why igalas in Kofi speak Igbo
Tell me also why all name of food in igala are 60 percent Igbo and 40 percent Yoruba
Tell also why igalas don't have their distinct language.
Nonsense onye History.

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Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by XAUBulls: 1:03am On Dec 08, 2023
KINGofHELL:


References
1. Oral sources
2. Various online sources
3. Dr Nwanko T. Nwaezeigwe (2013): “The politics of
Igbo origin and culture: The Igbo-Ukwu and Nri factors Reconsidered ”

Credit
Amb Ayegba A. A. (General Igala Ambassador)
Teacher, Researcher and Igala Unity Advocate.
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by IkeIgboNiile(m): 5:52am On Dec 08, 2023
Really..i met an igala person this year who told me his people originated from my town Obosi and not the other way round.

My father told me that before the advent of the white man, obosi people used to go for hurting expedition in a place called ukwalla which is in present day igala land and some of our people settled in that community. Till date, my town is known as obosi ukwalla because of that relationship that existed for long.

Many yoruba towns have the word igbo attached to their names but does that mean yorubas are igbos? The truth remains that Igbos and igalas have co-existed for centuries and our customs and traditions have spilled into one another. For example my town obosi didn't have kings till the onitsha people who returned from benin came and taught us. Same way the Attah may have been copied from igala.
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by Bendeco2020: 6:24am On Dec 08, 2023
IkeIgboNiile:
Really..i met an igala person this year who told me his people originated from my town Obosi and not the other way round.

My father told me that before the advent of the white man, obosi people used to go for hurting expedition in a place called ukwalla which is in present day igala land and some of our people settled in that community. Till date, my town is known as obosi ukwalla because of that relationship that existed for long.

Many yoruba towns have the word igbo attached to their names but does that mean yorubas are igbos? The truth remains that Igbos and igalas have co-existed for centuries and our customs and traditions have spilled into one another. For example my town obosi didn't have kings till the onitsha people who returned from benin came and taught us. Same way the Attah may have been copied from igala.
Nwa Obosi

Am from Onitsha.
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by IamAtikulate: 7:53am On Dec 08, 2023
Another nonsense from Ayegba

😂😂😂
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by VEHINTOLAR: 8:12am On Dec 08, 2023
The history of Igbo people is not inspiring in anyway;it's tasteless !

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Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by Abagworo(m): 8:30am On Dec 08, 2023
KINGofHELL:


References
1. Oral sources
2. Various online sources
3. Dr Nwanko T. Nwaezeigwe (2013): “The politics of
Igbo origin and culture: The Igbo-Ukwu and Nri factors Reconsidered ”

Credit
Amb Ayegba A. A. (General Igala Ambassador)
Teacher, Researcher and Igala Unity Advocate.

Why is it that the Igbos in Delta State that originate from Nri spoke Igbo centuries ago if Eri wasn't Igbo? The most complex and difficult ethnic group to study today is Igbo because the Europeans who wrote history didn't have early enough contact with Igboland so they counted Igbo as part of Benin empire. What I have however been able to deduce from years of experience exploring Igbo history at community level is that majority of present day Igbo communities were established around the 15th to 17th century. Igbos were likely part of a larger group which included Yoruba, Edo and Igala then later moved eastwards across the Niger in different groups and phases.

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Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by FreeBiafra2018(m): 8:58am On Dec 08, 2023
Sometimes I just wonder what all these Liciferians gain from trying to rewrite history or turn it upside down just to undo the IGBOS. See the Monika of the OP and you'll understand better.
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by OfoIgbo: 9:24am On Dec 08, 2023
KINGofHELL:


References
1. Oral sources
2. Various online sources
3. Dr Nwanko T. Nwaezeigwe (2013): “The politics of
Igbo origin and culture: The Igbo-Ukwu and Nri factors Reconsidered ”

Credit
Amb Ayegba A. A. (General Igala Ambassador)
Teacher, Researcher and Igala Unity Advocate.

ANAKOGHELI.

First of all, the Eze Nri displayed in this your picture was the king of Oraeri. Not the Eze Nri in Agukwu-Nri.

Secondly, Oraeri is an Nri outpost, and Oraeri outdates the Igala kingdom.

The Oraeri kingdom is responsible for the Igbo-ukwu bronzeworks. I want Igala people to send pictures of any bronzeworks from Igala land, that is even within 2 centuries of the ones from Igbo-ukwu which has been estimated to have been made around 800AD.

If Eri, came from Igala just 300 years ago, how come Portuguese explorers that visited Benin more than 500 years ago, were told by Benin nobles that there was a kingdom to the east of Benin, where a pope-like figure ruled, who bestowed the paraphernalia of office on any Benin oba?

Nkogheli di too much. Nri is too deep, no civilization in Nigeria will be able to challenge it. Igbos are nobody's mate in this country, historically speaking.

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Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by Ttipsy(f): 10:09am On Dec 08, 2023
Igbo this Igbo that

Wtf everywhere
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by mdimefields: 11:07am On Dec 08, 2023
These Igala fool, Ayagba will not rest. We have a video of Atah Igala voicing that Igala is a fusion of Igbos, Yorubas and Jukuns.
How can Igala birth Igbo that is far older and more in population than her. Igala of less than 17 century is now the father Igbos. Wonder shall never end.

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Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by IkeIgboNiile(m): 4:46pm On Dec 08, 2023
Bendeco2020
Nwa Obosi

Am from Onitsha.

Nice to you nwa Onicha Ado
Re: Igbo Origin: Eze Nri, The Nris, Aguleri, Umuleri, Etc Migrated From Igala by DeOTR: 5:22pm On Dec 08, 2023
Abagworo:


Why is it that the Igbos in Delta State that originate from Nri spoke Igbo centuries ago if Eri wasn't Igbo? The most complex and difficult ethnic group to study today is Igbo because the Europeans who wrote history didn't have early enough contact with Igboland so they counted Igbo as part of Benin empire. What I have however been able to deduce from years of experience exploring Igbo history at community level is that majority of present day Igbo communities were established around the 15th to 17th century. Igbos were likely part of a larger group which included Yoruba, Edo and Igala then later moved eastwards across the Niger in different groups and phases.
This is the only comment that makes sense to me.
I've never been to any Igala town before, but as a Yoruba person, I can make sense out of conversations in Igala language.
I know we have some words in Yoruba that sound similar in Igbo and has same meaning. For instance, "Aka" in Igbo has the same meaning in my Yoruba dialect.
I believe these groups were once a part of a larger group.

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