Ahiajoku Lecture: Prof. Michael Echeruo Rubbishes Igbo-Jewish Link In Ogueri Mba 2019 Presentation
The ongoing debate over the Igbo-Jewish origin and connection is nothing more than a folktale and is undermining the true sense of real Igbo identity.
This is according to Professor Michael Echeruo who delivered a brilliant position-paper (below) at the recently concluded 40th anniversary Ahiajoku Lecture 2019 held at the Ahiajoku Institute in Owerri, on Saturday.
Entitled: “Ogueri Mba: We shall survive 2019" it called the Igbo Jew link ridiculous and without any true scientific merit.
Rather it was steadily undermining the sense of Igbo identity, and attaching Ndigbo to a legacy in which they have absolutely no hope of acceptance, (probably due to) strict Israeli laws when it comes to migration from Africa as shown below
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He further shared:
“This feature of our public discourse does not have a single or simple motivation. Some believe that because we have been unjustly persecuted and misunderstood as a people, we must be Jews.
“Some others, standing anti-Semitism on its head, regard themselves as Jews by a fabled Igbo love for money, our new god.”
“We stand to gain nothing by claiming a Jewish identity parallel to that which we already have as Ndigbo.
“Even the Yoruba claim a Jewish origin at the time as they hold on to the mystical emergence of their ancestor. And they have, most of them, got over it, and accepted reality, unlike the Igbo.”
| "The pattern of Igbo civil discourse, the quality of Igbo leadership at the state and national levels even our quality of our pride in ourselves and our inheritance as Igbo people left to be desired.
“Our capacity for serious introspection has apparently diminished under the pressure of our needing to just survive and the anguish of having to put a stop to our dreaming of the might have been.”
Professor Michael Echeruo hails from Umunumo, Ehime-Mbano LGA, and was educated at the University of Ibadan initially, but got his Ph.D. at Cornell University, in Ithaca New York.
He is currently a William Safire Professor of Modern Letters in the English Department of Syracuse University, also in New York. He serves currently as a member of the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) Committee of the New variourum Shakespeare.