By Simba Jama
MOST of the blacks located in West Africa have Hebrew origins and their culture and history traces them back to the Middle East.
The Ashanti, Mandingo, Yoruba and numerous other tribes of West Africa all have cultures and traditions which betray them as Israelites.
There are also languages such as Akan which have strong links with Hebrew which is used in central and West Africa to this day.
Most of the names of rivers and places in West Africa make use of the word ‘naga’ in different forms.
Names like Senegal, Nigeria, Niger and so forth are but a few examples.
In my series ‘the Dragon’, I pointed out how these people called nagas were also in places like India.
They were black sages and kings who had come from Ethiopia, but their kingdom was in the centre of the world.
This meant that they were Israelites and after Alexander plundered these people in the east, every other group of Israelites found out by the Hellenists was referred to as naga, even to this day.
The Israelites of West Africa are as black and diverse as their African neighbours, but their Shemitic features, i.e.; tall and broad stature, have led them to be distinguished as negroes instead of Bantus by the white man.
Their black people who were sent to America as slaves were referred to as niggers for over 400 years after which they were called negroes.
Today Afro-American youths quite often refer to themselves as the niggas in their social circles.
Naga in Asia means sage/genie.
These are the titles they give to the servants of God who the English would refer to as prophet. In Zimbabwe we also use the word n’anga which also shares a similar meaning.
In Ethiopia it means serpent and also king.
West Africa is the current home of the nagas for that is where the original Israelites, who were black, fled to after the Babylonian invasion of Israel around 700 BC.
For this reason this land and people is associated with the word naga.
Israel literally means Prince (Ishe) ra (of) El (Mwari).
Notice that this is Hebrew although one could swear it is Shona.
When Israel was besieged, many were slaughtered and taken to Assyria as captives, however little is spoken of the rest of the survivors who escaped both the sword and the captivity.
Judah was not scattered at this time, but 10 of the 12 tribes who were in the northern kingdom all left that land.
This constituted the bulk of their nation and there is no way that Assyria no matter how powerful and ruthless, managed to completely annihilate them.
Furthermore, the likes of Yahshua (Jesus) who appeared more than half a millennia later, would not have been talking of the lost tribes of Israel if they were no more.
Evidence shows that the Israelites came to West Africa by way of Egypt, across Sudan and then settled along the Niger River.
Others used the Phoenician trade routes which circled the Mediterranean Sea.
It was an old route that had been previously used by Canaanites and led to Carthage and North Africa.
Fleeing persecution, the Isralites (who were all black), crossed the Sahara desert and inhabited the fertile lands of West Africa.
They were very warrior like because of the experience which had led them to flee their homeland.
They kept their culture and multiplied in number for they were safe from their persecutors who had no knowledge of the western interior of Africa at that time and referred to it and the rest of the southern most regions as darkest Africa.
When the Isralites entered, West Africa was scarcely inhabited and they lived peacefully with the Africans they found there.
They were famous for their advanced weaponry which was made of iron and were renowned for their extensive knowledge which they had developed and acquired up north and shared it with the Africans.
The Africans also helped them in locating raw materials in the new land such as salt and gold.
In the year 70 AD a wave of an estimated one million Isralites of the tribe of Judah, fled the land of Judea after heavy Roman persecution.
Jerusalem had been captured by Rome under General Pompey in 65 BC and it was a general named Vespian and his son Titus who later put an end to the Isralite state, with genocidal slaughter.
The slave markets at this time were full of black Isralite slaves and so they had to flee and West Africa by then was a known place of refuge for Isralites.
The Romans renamed the land of Israel, Philistina (Palestina) in mockery of Israel for the Philistines were their enemies, and thus the land is called Palestine to this day.
By 300 AD, the people of the west were now trading smoothly with people from the east.
Rivers such as the Niger allowed them to maintain strong bonds from Senegal all the way to Somaliland.
This region was known as black Africa and also Sudan.
The Isralites of Yemen continued crossing into Ethiopia and their largest Exodus inland was in the 7thcentury AD.
This was after the death of Muhammad the prophet of Islam and his followers persecuted the Israelites who did not convert to Islam.
The first well known civilisation in West Africa arose from a people known as Songhay from Kouka, in a land called Dendina which can be found on the northwestern border of modern day Nigeria.
Many believe this people originated from Egypt or Ethiopia.
A man called Za el Yemen came to Kouka around 300 AD.
He established a line of kings known as the Za, Dja or Zha dynasty.
He has also been known as Za al Ayaman and Dza min el Yemen, the latter meaning ‘He is come from Yemen’.
He came into Nigeria by way of Wargla, a known trade area for black Jews and he eventually founded his capital at Gao.
The establishment of the first empires, the erection of the first public buildings, the construction of the first canals and irrigation systems and the system of a social economic regime can all be credited to the black Hebrews of West Africa.