Tuesday, 08 August 2017 02:37

The Death of the Nri 419 Scam!

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Ozodi Thomas Osuji

Today, the result of DNA studies conducted by a group of Jews to find out if Igbos are really Jews, as some deluded Igbos claimed, came out (see reference, below).

The result is that Igbos are not even remotely related to Jews in DNA structure!

I did not have to study DNA to know that fact. When Igbos began making the baseless claim that they are Jews all I did was look at their language and concluded that they are not Jews.

Igbo language is part of the Kwa, Niger-Congo group of African languages. Igbo language is related to Edo, Yoruba, Idoma and other surrounding languages.  Therefore, Igbos are Africans like their neighbors.

But some misguided Igbos insisted that they are Jews.  They cited what one can only see as infantile evidence for their Jewishness.  They noted some common practices among Igbos and Jews, such as the tendency for Igbos and Jews to circumcise their children and the fact that both groups are highly industrious and achievement orientated.

I observed that there are many groups around the world that have similar traits and that that does not make them Jews.  There was simply no reason to see Igbos as Jews.


The question I asked was: why do some Igbos want to be seen as Jews? To me the answer is very simple.

I am an Igbo and know Igbos. Here is the deal. The typical Igbo person feels totally inferior. He denies his sense of inferiority and compensates with false superiority. Thus, the Igbo presents his self as superior to other people. He struggles to convince people that he is really superior to them even though there is no evidence that he is superior to them. (This is not an academic paper, so I do not have to cite references to back my assertions; however, if you want to understand the psychology of inferiority and superiority please read books by Alfred Adler. Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler and Carl Jung began modern psychoanalysis and psychology at Vienna during the first decades of the twentieth century.)

In IQ studies Igbos average IQ scores are the same as other Nigerians and Africans (I do not want to delve into the IQ controversy; nevertheless, it must be observed that Africans average IQ is within what is considered mentally retarded among other races, 70; black Americans average IQ is 85; white folks average IQ is 100; Asians average IQ is 115; these IQ levels are reflected on how students perform on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests; average score for black students is 850, for white students is 1150 and for Asian students is 1250, out of 1600 possible points; America's top thirty universities would not admit you if your score on the SAT is less than 1400, thus, making most black students ineligible for admission!).

If one were to look at Igbo history one could actually make an argument that Igbos are inferior to their neighbors. Why so?

Igbos did not invent the wheel; Igbos did not develop writing; Igbos did not have political organization beyond village or town level. There was no Igbo wide political organization. Igbos are what anthropologists call preliterate, stateless folks (this is a courteous, politically correct way of calling them primitive people!).

The Yoruba, Edo, Hausa and Fulani developed to feudal level of social organization; they had Obas or Emirs, Sultans (kings and chiefs).

Karl Marx, in his seminal work, Das Kapital, told us that societies grow from primitive communism to slave society, to feudalism, to middle class and, finally, to socialism.

Igbos were at the most rudimentary level of social organization. Their neighbors attained feudal level of political organization and with little effort would climb into the middle class status (where most of the world is at the moment).

There is no empirical reason whatsoever for Igbos to feel superior to their neighbors. It is true that they tend to be industrious and latched onto Western education and appear to have made some success in that department. However, their success certainly is no more than is seen in Yoruba, Edo, Ijaw, Efik, Urhobo and other southern Nigerians who embraced Christianity and Western education.

Northern Nigerians are focused on the Muslim world, especially on feudal Saudi Arabia; they are slow to embracing Western education and that explains their apparent backwardness in Western educational matters.

Simply stated, Igbos are like their neighbors and any claim of them being extraordinary or having some kind of Igbo exceptionalism is pure fantasy. If that fantasy is believed by some Igbos such Igbos have delusion disorder.

In delusion disorder a person who feels inadequate wishes to feel adequate and posits an extra adequate self-concept and self-image and come to believe in his wished for ideal self; the deluded person presents his phony self-image to other people to accept and if they collude with him and accept it he feels fine, and if not he feels angry at them. His anger is some sort of animal aggression designed to intimidating people to see him as he wants to be seen, superior, that he is not.

From an existential perspective, all human beings feel different degrees of inferiority and mask it, cover it with false sense of superiority; if you removed your false sense of superiority what you would see beneath that mask of superiority  is inferior animal that will die and his body decays and is eaten by worms and bacteria.

I doubt that a human being can tolerate his existential lack of specialness without some sort of delusion, mask of specialness. It is when that mask is excessive, when it sees itself as superior to other persons, as white racists do towards black folks, that we consider it a psychopathology.

The truth is that all human beings, black and white, man and woman, adults and children, Igbos, Hausas, and Yorubas etc. are equal; any attempt to present one's self or ones group as better than other persons/groups is delusional, hence partial psychosis.

In full psychosis there is both delusion and hallucination; in delusion disorder there is no hallucination hence such a person is partially insane but not completely insane; Igbos who claim superiority to other Nigerians are partially insane but not completely insane, for they do not hallucinate...as in schizophrenia, mania etc.


Some Igbo so-called historians hatched a hagiography showing how Igbos began at Nri, in Anambra state, and how Nri descended from one of the lost tribes of Juda.

These people wrote an elaborate nonsense; if you are generous you would see what they call history as mere fiction. They tried to convince themselves and other Igbos that the nonsense they wrote is true!

I took one look at the rubbish and realized that it is fiction and dismissed it. No human being remembers unwritten history as far back as three thousand years ago.

Igbo history was not written down on paper until the white man came to Igbo land in the middle of the nineteenth century (1851 when the church missionary society established their mission at Onitsha). So, how did Igbos know what happened three thousand years ago? Did they retain it in their memory? How?

These people simply wrote fictional rubbish and apparently want to believe it and force it down the throats of other Igbos.

Apparently, one of their political goals is to make Anambra the origin of Igbos.

It is obvious to anyone with eyes to see that Anambra folks are not pure Igbos; they are a mix of Igbos, Edo and Idoma and other non-Igbos. Their language reflects their non-Igbo origin.

In as much as there is such a thing as pure Igbos you find it at Owerri. So, if you wanted to make a claim for the origin of Igbos you would have to look at Owerri, not the rubbish of Nri.

Nri was a joke, elaborate rubbish written by deluded people masquerading as historians. These so-called historians are actually 419 scam artists; they wanted to hoodwink Igbos and bamboozle them into believing the nonsense that Anambra is the leader of Igbos.

Of course I dismissed the whole Nri enterprise as rubbish and moved on. It was not worth spending a second of my time trying to educate the illiterates calling themselves historians at the University of Nigeria, Nnsuka, where this elaborate rubbish was hatched.

As an aside, how did Nnsuka University become such a den of illiterates who produce supposed college graduates who write fiction as history; does not that School teach its students the scientific method, tell them to limit their academic discourse and writing to what is observable and verifiable, and if you add Karl Popper's dubious criterion, falsifiable?

There is absolutely no iota of empirical proof that what the Nnsuka boys called Igbo history is rooted in facts. Those people are better served writing imaginary stuff, fiction. If you write history you must assume that adults would read what you wrote and evaluate it with objective standards. You would be abusing folk's intelligence if you expect them to accept your badly written fantasy as history!


The Nri hullaballoo was foisted on Igbos, Nigerians and Africans as the history of the origin of Igbos (which they call NdiIgbo...Ndigbo means people of Igbo...human beings do not describe themselves that way, the correct reference is to Igbos, not IndiIgbo). That nonsense was predicated on the assumption that Igbos are Jews.

Well, Igbos are not Jews. Igbos did not come from Israel; the DNA studies have conclusively shown that Igbos are not Jews.

If that is the case it follows that the contention that the chief of Nri is Igbos spiritual and political leader is out of the window!


The colonial masters were neutral foreign observers of Igbos.  They listened to the various Igbo dialects and decided that Owerri dialect is the core Igbo language. They used Owerri dialect as their central Igbo orthography.

And that is where things must stand. Owerri is Igbos heartland. Owerri is the capital of Alaigbo. Any departure from this truth is self-serving rubbish which must not to be taken seriously.


I wanted to write a one page rejoinder to the result of the DNA studies. I have, as usual, been my- self, verbose.  Therefore, I must force myself to stop.

Be that as it may, I have made the points that I want to make: Igbos are not Jews; Owerri is core Igbo; Owerri is the capital of Alaigbo.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD (UCLA)

August 7, 2017

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'Igbos are not Jews' – DNA result reveals


OGA August 7, 2017

The high expectations of members of the Re­deemed Israel Commu­nity of Nazarene Association (RICON) on a possible ances­tral link between Igbo and Jews have been dashed.

The International President of Jewish Voice Ministries, Rab­bi Jonathan Bernis, announced that the result of saliva samples taken in Nnewi had shown that the Igbo were not Jews.

Members of the group had gathered at Uruagu-Nnewi to collect what would be the con­firmation/ Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test result of Ndig­bo's claims that Igbo are the descent of Israel got to the venue as ear­ly as 9.00am on Saturday for a result that was to reshape the relationship of Igbo and Israel.

Rabbi Bernis who read the report from a laboratory based in Houston, Texas, the United States of America (USA) said that the result of the samples taken from Nigeria random­ly on some people in Igbo­land bears no semblance with the ones in the data base of the laboratory.

The Israeli in the company of three of his compatriots said that none of the 124 specimens taken from Nigeria matched the samples in the Houston labora­tory which has 17 years' experi­ence in DNA business.

He, however, said that the result does not rule out the claim of Igbo to Israeli descent as more research would still be made to authenticate the claims.

The President of RICON, Bishop Ignatius Orizu (JP) while commenting on the DNA result said that the result would not deter the organisation from continuing to research into the claimed descent of the Igbo from Israel.

He pointed out that the tra­dition, religion and culture of the Igbo long before the arrival of the missionaries have great semblance with that of the Is­raelis.

Bishop Orizu who said that there are many books in circu­lation that collaborated the claim of Igbo to Israeli decen­cy, however, urged the congrega­tion not to lose hope as science is always in the business of dis­covery and recovery.

He appealed to the Feder­al Government to recognise the Jews in Nigeria and proclaim Yaweh's Feast of Passover, trum­pets, atonements, tabernacles among others as public holidays as approved for Christians and Moslems during Christmas, New Year and Easter.

August 7, 2017

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176