ALTHOUGH the Middle East region is today populated by Arabs, the original inhabitants were black people.
In this series we will trace the movement of these black people from the Middle East to Asia, Africa, America and even Europe.
In the Bible we read of many races and tribes that inhabited the Middle East and among them was a chosen tribe of God which was named Israel.
All the Israelites were black people and they were careful not to mix themselves with the gentiles who were not black.
Because they were black, the original Israelites mixed easily with Africans such as Egyptians and Ethiopians.
They fled to Egypt on several occasions in times of famine and persecution. Moses married an Ethiopian (Kenite), Jesus grew up in Egypt and many other interactions between Africans and ancient Israelites suggest that they were of the same race and that is black.
In Egypt the contribution of the children of Israel was great particularly in their institutions of religion and learning.
Joseph once ruled in Egypt and his position was second only to Pharaoh. They had statues and drawings of Israelites in Egypt and Alexander sought to distort this history and re-carve the statues of the Israelites and Egyptians and present them with European and particularly Greek features.
Today we see large Negro statues in Sudan and Egypt but most of them have their noses bashed off.
This is because one of the main features that show blackness of race is the nose.
Black people have large round noses while white people have sharp long ones.
This is because blacks need broader breathing holes under the sun.
Thus no one can claim European origins of a statue as long as it has an African nose.
A story is written in the Kebra Nagast of how the queen of Sheba who was a virgin, slept with King Solomon and conceived Menyelek who after being crowned king of Ethiopia, ruled the land of Sheba and sailed widely to the coastlands of Asia with the ark of God in his possession. That is the story of how the house of Solomon is found in the motherland, Africa.
The sons of Solomon and the house of David ruled and conquered Asia and Africa and spread the belief in the one God of Heaven who has been known by many names through time.
These include; Yahweh, Yehovah, Elohim, Eli, Allah, Yala, Mwali, Mwari etc. Many of which have a similar sound and expression but differ because of linguistic adaptation.
The house of Judah (who were black people) entered Africa and Asia in antiquity and the influence they left led to the eventual rise of religions such as Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Shivaism and so on.
Much of the work done by Alexander the Great (so called) of Greek origin was to trace down the Kingdoms of Judah which were in the east and to eradicate their memory while claiming their achievements and resetting history in the favour of the Greek nation.
In Asia they did the same with the statues of the Buddha which originally were black and had black features such as kinky hair, locks, large eyes, nose, and lips and so on.
They also sought to confuse the world religions and thus distorted a lot of religious teachings.
Thus we have several religions today when they probably came from one common belief in the one God of Heaven.
In Africa, which was all known as Ethiopia, meaning, ‘land of burnt faces’, there was a kingdom of Judah which was established in the land of Abyssinia which is in present day Ethiopia.
The whole land of Africa, India and even up to parts of China was united under a queen called Makeda and that whole land was called Sheba.
In folklore the name Sheba was derived from the name of the first man to be created.
He is known as Adam in the Bible.
This is the same man known as Adi Buddha from which the Buddhist religion comes.
This is also the same man referred to in the ancient books of Nepal as, ‘Before everything, Sambhu was.’ Archeologists are agreed that the original man was African and black.
There are several versions of the name Sambhu and many places in Asia are named after it, for example Sambujudasia.
The name means power and from it came names like Simha, Shiva Sheba and Saba.
The kingdom of Sheba was large and wealthy but by the time of King Solomon, the people of Sheba had lost the true knowledge of God.
According to the Kebra Negaski, Makeda the Queen of Sheba was in deep search of spiritual enlightenment for her people worshipped the sun until King Solomon told her to believe in the God of Israel who is the creator of the sun.
In the Arabian Peninsula there was a special place where the queen Makeda was said to have rested on her way to see the King Solomon for the first time.
This land was named after the great name Sheba and was later known as Saba and Sabea.
It was in the region of Yemen and that is where the sons of Menyelek eventually lived and were known as great traders who often travelled into Africa to places like Ophir for gold and wood and would bring ornaments and wine in exchange.
Ophir was the name of the land in Southern Africa called Zimbabwe today.
This is why many can link the Great Zimbabwe monuments to the lost kingdoms of Solomon to this day.
The Sabeans were known as vaShabi/vaShavi in Zimbabwe and Mozambique and kushava became a verb meaning to trade because the Sabeans were the great traders that were known to Africans.
These people were also known as va-rungu/va-lungu which meant God and also the whitened/enlightened ones.
Today there is a tribe of people in Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa who still use these same titles and are the descendants of the wealthy Sabeans of Yemen.
The vaRemba people who are also known as the Sena in the east of Africa came from Yemen and from a city called Sena.
They are called vaShavi and va-rungu to this day and have practices which greatly resemble those of ancient Israelites.
The Sena people in Mozambique and Malawi are also from Arabia and several ancient mosques which their ancestors built can still be found in places like Zanzibar in Tanzania.
They were the Amirs (Leader) from Arabia who greatly contributed to the Swahili language through the merging of bantu languages with Shemitic ones like Arabic.
Words like Changamire (in reference to leader) in Shona seem to have their origin in the word Amir.
The varemba people are now found scattered in almost all the countries of Southern Africa although their main concentration is in Mberengwa a district of Zimbabwe.
Although some local historians contest the point vigorously, it is believed that the VaRemba played a big role in he construction of the ancient stone buildings found in many parts of Zimbabwe and the region.
These structures have a very close resemblance with similar structures found in Yemen and other parts of the Middle East.