Epigenetics and Environmental Roles: The Reality of Igbo-Jewish Link

South Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities
Year: 2020 (Dec), Volume: 1, Issue. (3)
First page: (17) Last page: (31)
Online ISSN: 2582-7065
doi: 10.48165/sajssh.2020.1302

Epigenetics and Environmental Roles: The Reality of Igbo-Jewish  Link 
Omeje Oguejiofor1 and Cindy Anene Ezeugwu
1Humanities Unit, School of General Studies, University of Nigeria
2Theatre and Film Studies, University of Nigeria 
Corresponding Author: Cindy Anene Ezeugwu, E-mail: cindy.ezeugwu@unn.edu.ng

 Online Published on 02-December-2020

ABSTRACT

This paper aims to examine the Igbo-Jewish link which has received scant attention in  scholarly discourse. Among the few major critical submissions is that Igbos of the South  Eastern part of Nigeria, originated from Israel in one way or the other. Prominent among  these claims is that Igbos are one of the lost tribes of Israel’ and the ‘Hametic race saga’. Epigenetic and Mythological theories will be useful in helping to explain the Igbo history,  origin, migration and colour change. Findings show that proponents of Igbo-Jewish link have  not to the best of the researchers’ knowledge, given a satisfactory explanation for the difference in the Igbo-Israeli skin colour, neither have they addressed in what period of history that the Jews migrated to Igbo land. The paper, therefore, attempts to change the old  narratives which support the erroneous claim that Igbos originated from Israel by briefly  tracing their correct origin with a view to lay to rest, the myths and speculations surrounding  their identity. Much of what drives man to develop self and leave a significant mark in his  society is the quest to identify with his true origin and in Africa today, the idea of  westernization have affected the art of storytelling and indigenous documentation which has  been an ageless tradition. Some Africans, based on their understanding view this as waste of  time or impacting orchestrated stories in the minds of indigenes’ hence, they prefer westernized format of aligning with the Eurocentric view about the origin of the Igbos. The  study concludes that if any one group came from the other, it would be the Jews who  migrated from the much older Igbo race and not the other way around.

Keywords

Igbos, Jew, Israel, Epigenetic, Migration, Translocation, History, Origin

How to Cite the Article

Oguejiofor, O., & Ezeugwu, C. A. (2020). Epigenetics and Environmental Roles: The Reality of Igbo-Jewish Link. South Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 1(3), 17–31. https://doi.org/10.48165/sajssh.2020.1302 Cite
Oguejiofor, Omeje, and Cindy Anene Ezeugwu. “Epigenetics and Environmental Roles: The Reality of Igbo-Jewish Link.” South Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, vol. 1, no. 3, 2020, pp. 17–31, http://doi.org/10.48165/sajssh.2020.1302. Cite
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Oguejiofor O, Ezeugwu CA. Epigenetics and Environmental Roles: The Reality of Igbo-Jewish Link. SAJSSH. 2020;1(3):17‑31. DOI: 10.48165/sajssh.2020.1302 Cite
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