Shalom, everyone! The following is an interview conducted by Rabbi Harry Rozenberg of Igbo-Nigerian attorney Remy Ilona in which the two discuss the connection between the Igbo people and Israel. The Igbo believe they are descendants of Israelite exiles driven from the Land of Israel during the Assyrian and Babylonian exiles. The Igbo share numerous customs of Israel delineated by the Written Torah including circumcision of newborn boys on the eighth day of life. Many Igbos were brought to the Americas as slaves during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade where their descendants remain, especially in the United States and the Caribbean. Greater than 30-percent of all Africans transported to the United States and the Caribbean were from the Igbo nation. Today, many of these individuals are awakening to their Israelite heritage and seek to return to the path of Torah. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there from missionaries and cults who are ignorant of Torah and lead many astray.
Remy Ilona is the author of two books, “The Igbos and Israel: An Inter-Cultural Study of the Largest Jewish Diaspora” and “The Igbos: Jews in Africa?” Rabbi Rozenberg‘s website mapping out various emerging Israelite communities around the world is iTribe.us.
Rabbi Harry Rozenberg interviews the honorable Remy Ilona on the Israelite history of the Igbo Tribe of Africa. Topics include the Igbo connection to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the African American return to a Hebrew based identity.
The Igbo/Israel connection & the Lost Tribes of Israel – Remy Illona & Rabbi Harry Rozenberg
Video from Theological Research Institute/YouTube