OBGI ISRAEL HERITAGE FOUNDATION is a non-Governmental,non-profit, non-religious organization. It is a research oriented organization, specifically about the origin of the Igbos with special emphasis on their link with Israel.
The foundation strives to improve the general outlook and quality of life in Igbo land.
BRIEF HISTORY OF IGBO ORIGIN
Igbo People have severally been linked with the Israelites by Writers at various ponts in History. Some are of the opinion that Igbos have strong connections with ancient Israel while some Writers have categorically stated that Igbos are part of the ten lost tribes of Israel. Both friends and foes, from all works of life have in one way or the other described Igbos as Jews or Israelites domiciled in the West African rain forests.
References from authorized sources, such as in the writings of Olaudah Equaino written 18th century of the common era; Dr G.T. Basden a Missionary of the CMS; and others such as Slave Captains who had close encounter with Igbos had the same opinion about the unique similiraties of Igbos and Israelites.
This Organization having spent so much time in its research about the origin of the Igbos have discovered that the entire Omenana Igbo are all reflections of Israeli traditions as written in the Bible. Thus the Bible is the source of our tradition. These customs of the Igbos for examples are highlighted in the practices of;
a. Circumcision- Lev 12;2, Gen 17;7-12, Exo.12;43-44
b. Levirate Marriage- Deut.25;4-10, Gen.38;8-9
c. Sacrifices and Libation- Num. 28;7-8, Exo 20;24, Deut.4;27-28, 28;36-37
d. Redemption of first son Exo.13;2, Num.18;15-17, Exo; 22-29
e. Believe in re-incarnation- Psalm 104;230, Gen 4;25
f. Betrothal- Deut.22;23-29, 20;7,28;30
g. Menstrual laws and Purification- Lev 15;19-24, 18;19
Today the Jews living in Israel are constituted mainly of two tribes-Judah and Benjamin. The above two tribes are known as Jews while the remaining ten tribes of which the Igbo People are part of are still at large. The ten tribes were exiled in 722 BC by Assyrians.