Shalom, everyone! The following is Part 1 – “Bello’s Claim” from the lecture series “Shem in the Land of Africa,” by renown educator Rabbi Akwetey Amaah. In this installation, Rabbi Akwetey discusses the claims of Mohammed Bello (1781 – 1837), the 2nd Sultan of Sokoto (Fulani Empire), who stated that his reason for making war on and enslaving the inhabitants of old Oyo Empire was that they were not indigenous to Africa but originally from Canaan. These inhabitants – the Êυês, Ga-Dangmes, and Yorubas – were said to be originally from Canaan – the Land of Israel. Despite their different names, they were all one people collectively known as the Êυêo (Ehvehs) or Hebrew people. Due to the different time periods in which each group migrated west from Israel, each group developed a different dialect and after time did not recognize each other as members of the same original Hebrew family.
Rabbi Akwetey also provides a brief introduction to the biblical patriarch Noah and his three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, and the significance of the order in which they are mentioned in the Tankah.
History Of The Hebrews in Africa “Ga-Dangme – Êυê – Yoruba”
Shem in the Land of Africa: Part 1 – “Bello’s Claim” – Akwetey Amaah
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