Of all the stories of the Queen of Sheba, those of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa
Lamu fishing dhows off the Kenya Coast
You could say that Swahili culture was born of the monsoon winds, from the human drive to trade and of prevailing weather. For two thousand years Arab merchants plied East Africa’s Indian Ocean shores, from Mogadishu (Somalia) to the mouth of the Limpopo River (Mozambique), arriving with the north easterly Kaskazi, departing on the south easterly Kusi. They came in great wooden cargo dhows, bringing dates, frankincense, wheat, dried fish, Persian chests, rugs, silks and jewels which they traded with Bantu farmers in exchange for the treasures of Africa: ivory, leopard skins, rhinoceros horn, ambergris, tortoise shell, mangrove poles and gold.
By 700 AD many Arab merchants were beginning to settle permanently on the East African seaboard, and the earliest mosques so far discovered date from around this time. These new colonists would have married the daughters of their Bantu trading hosts…
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Understanding The Good News: The Eve’s Erhverhs And it shall come to pass in that day, that Yahweh shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, from lower Egypt, and from upper Egypt, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, […]
The French colony of Ivory Coast, usually referred to as Côte d’Ivoire, was located in western sub-Saharan Africa. It was a protectorate of France from 1843 until 1844 and became a colony in 1893 amid the European scramble for Africa. It was a member of French West Africa (Afrique occidentale française, AOF), a federation of eight French colonial territories in Africa that existed from 1895 until 1960. The territories that made up the AOF were Mauritania, Senegal, French Sudan (now Mali), French Guinea, Ivory Coast, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), Dahomey (now Benin) and Niger. The capital of the federation was Dakar. Ivory Coast achieved independence in 1960 and officially became the officially the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (République de Côte d’Ivoire).
Portuguese and French merchant-explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries divided the west coast of Africa, very roughly, into five “coasts” reflecting…
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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…
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Shalom everyone! The following is part 7 of a series of video lectures called “Shem in the Land of Africa,” by renown educator Rabbi Akwetey Amaah. In this installment, Rabbi Akwetey continues the discussion of Bello‘s claim of the Eastern origins of the Erverh (Hebrew) people of the Slave Coast. According to Bello, the Erverhs migrated to West Africa from the after when the Babylonians destroyed their kingdom along with Ancient Egypt. Due to wars, millions of Erverhs became prisoners of war and were sold into slavery. During the 16th to 19th centuries, millions of Erverhs were captured and sold into slavery during the Transatlantic Slave Trade and transported to the Americas (North America, South America, Caribbean, etc.) Their descendants are known today as African-Americans,African Caribbeans, Afro-Latinos, Negroes, etc. The majority of the Erverh (Hebrew) people, however, still live in West Africa.
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