Continued from Part 1
n the first part, we confirm that Noah cursed a grandson of his, Canaan and his descendants. Records however indicate that the descendants of Canaan have been generally wiped off the surface of the earth due to their own sins and other immoral behaviour and not necessarily because of the curse placed on their forefather, Canaan (Deut. 9:4-5; Leviticus 18). The remnants who escaped destruction can no longer be traced, having been integrated or disappeared into other races.
But who were the descendants of Canaan and were they Black Skinned?
Gen. 10: 15-19 and 1Chr. 1 13:-16 gave us detailed accounts.
There is no controversy about it. The whole of man-kind on all the surface of the earth today, descended from one man by the name Noah. Noah had three sons by the name Shem, Ham and Japheth (Gen.9:18). From these three, came all the people of the present universe.
In Genesis 10:6, we read "The descendants of Ham (one of the 3 sons of Noah) were Cush, Mizraim, Put and Canaan"
We read further in verses 15-19 that, "Canaan's oldest son was Sidon, the ancestor of the Sidonians. Canaan was also the ancestor of the Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites. Eventually the territory of Canaan spread from Sidon to Gerar, near Gaza and to Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim near Lasha"
In 1Chr. 1:13-16, we read "Among Canaan's sons were: Zidon, his firstborn son and Heth. Canaan was also the ancestor of the Jebusites Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvidites, zemarites and Hamathites"
As can be seen, the account in Genesis very much tallies with the one in 1Chronicles.
The details of the land mark (boundary) is given in Numbers 34: 1-12 and Joshua 1: 1-4 among others.
We note that the land occupied by the descendants of Canaan, vis-à-vis Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites is what God eventually promised to give to Abraham and his descendants (Gen. 12: 6-7; 15: 18-21; Ex. 3: 8). Abraham is from the lineage of Shem.
Let me emphasize again, what I pointed out in the part one that although Noah did curse Canaan and his generation, the curse could have been averted on the progenies (descendants) had they lived clean. Unfortunately they lived a life of extreme immorality. They were sexual perverts; homosexuals etc (Deut. 9:4-5; Leviticus 18)
But were the people (descendants of Canaan) black?
We can lay sufficient claim to the other brothers of Canaan (children of Ham); Cush, Mizraim (Egypt) and to some extent, Put (Libya) to be black but not Canaan except by inference or assumption. The assumption is that if the other three brothers, closet relations are black, then Canaan might be black. This is however an assumption and it does not necessarily follow that because the other brothers were black then Canaan should be black. Again, were we sure that Ham was black, we could have said for sure that Canaan was black.
So in conclusion, the race that was on record that was being cursed was not after all black. And whatever the colour of their skin was, they have been massively destroyed at one time or the other. The destruction continued even until the time of king Solomon (1Kings 9:16) (931BC) and king Hezekiah (1Chr.4:41) (716BC). Those who survived were only a remnant (1Kings.9:20). We must therefore look for other reasons why the black race is backward.
Who then were the ancestors of the Black people and were they cursed at any time?
We have sufficient evidences to believe that Cush is Ethiopia/Sudan. Sudan's interpretation is "Black" Till today, another name for Egypt is Mizraim by the people of the Gulf region. There are also enough evidences to belief that the original people of Mizraim (Egypt) were black. Put is suggested to be Libya.
Previously, we have been able to sight the original location of Canaan at the present location of Israel/Palestine. The descendants of Shem through Jacob occupied the territory after they have massively wiped off the original inhabitants, Canaanites (Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites) at about 1350BC after they left Egypt.
What evidence have we that Cush was black?
We can infer from a question in Jeremiah 13: 23 "Can an Ethiopian change the colour of his skin?"
In Numbers 12, we read that the blood sister of Moses, Miriam and blood brother, Aaron, both did criticize Moses for marrying a Cushite. Another version has it as '"marrying an Ethiopian" People from Ethiopia are black and we understand that the Hebrew word for Cush is black while the Latin and Greek word for "Cush" is Ethiopia.
At the beginning, the African continent, south of Sahara was referred to generally as Cush/Sudan i.e habitat of the Black people. Countries were yet to be defined as we have it later. We might rightly believe that it was from Ethiopia/Sudan and Egypt that the black people spread southwards.
In Genesis 10: 7 we found that a son of Cush was named "Seba" as well as another grandson "Sheba" Ethiopia was referred to as Sheba during the time of King Solomon, son of David (1Kings 10 & 11Chronicles 9) and up to now. The evidence that the Queen of Sheba who visited king Solomon was black is in the product of their union, call it adultery if you like, the descendants of whom are still alive till date.
Certainly, the descendants of Cush (black man) did not only occupy what we now know as the continent of Africa but spread upward North including South Asia, even where Abraham originally lived in Babylonia, Mesopotamia, the Ur of the Chaldees, present site of Iraq and Iran.
Let us look at the basis of this claim in Genesis 10:8-12 "One of Cush's descendants was Nimrod, who became a heroic warrior. He was a mighty hunter in the Lord's sight--------He built the foundation of his empire in the land of Babylonia with the cities of Babel, Erech, Akkad and Calnel. From there he extended his reign to Assyria, where be built Nineveh, Rehobothir, Calar and Resin-the main city of the empire, located between Nineveh and Calar"
Remember that Cush was a black man. And the places which we just read, as been founded by his son, Nimrod coincides with the location where Abraham's family, descendants of Shem were also found. There might have even been
the possibility that Abraham's family is mixed. We have no record of this however.
Nimrod, a black man was the champion of the conspiracy for the construction of the tower of Babel.
After God confused their language, they were scattered all over the earth. It was there that language was multiplied (Gen. 11: 8-9). Can we infer from here why there are so many languages in Africa? Note however that God did not curse Nimrod (a black man) and his co conspirators. He only confused their languages and as they could no longer understand themselves again, the project stopped and they scattered abroad.
We further confirm the presence of the black man in the Palestine region in Acts 13:1. There we read that "Among the prophets and teachers of the Church of Antioch in Syria were---, Simeon that was called Niger" The living Bible has it as "the black man" The Latin interpretation of "Niger" is "Black"
The Igbos of Nigeria have traced their origin to Israel as well as the Igalas of Kogi state. From here, we find evidence to their claim but not a confirmation. A tribe in Ghana also traced their root to Oman, in the Gulf region.
Another son of Ham is Mizraim (known as Egypt) (Gen. 10:13; Psalm 78:51; Psalm 105: 23). We note that the Philistines were descendants of Mizraim (Gen. 10:14).
What evidence can we hold that Egypt was black?
We read in Genesis that Abraham had a house maid by the name Hagar, an Egyptian. She eventually had a baby for Abram named Ishmael. Oral history tells us that Hagar was a black woman. Hagar equally organized an Egyptian girl for Ishmael as a wife (Gen.21:21). The second son of Ishmael is named Kedar. Kedah is interpreted as black.
History says that the present occupiers of Egypt are immigrants from Syria, Turkey, Rome etc while the original black inhabitants have migrated southwards. There remains a remnant till today however and they retain their black skin. They are called Nubians and they know themselves as original owners of Eqypt just like the Red Indians of America. I have been privileged to work with few of them in the Gulf.
The ancestor of the Yorubas of Nigeria migrated from Egypt according to oral history.
Professor Olu Osinowo has done a fantastic job of reconciling the facts and evidences to that claim. I have listened to him on many occasions as he puts the evidences together and I just hope one day, he will put those facts into a book. I know he is a regular reader of the Nigeriaworld and I hope that now that I have let him out, he will double his effort to get the book out.
You will be amazed to listen to him (Prof. Osinowo, a Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon) how the Yoruba greeting culture originated from Egypt. He has also traced quite a number of our Yoruba vernaculars to the Lower Nile part of Egypt, where the original settlers were located. That's not all; he had traced quite a number of names of locations in Ijebu to Egypt. I hope a publisher will trail after him. I knew the Prof. was located not too long ago in London.
With all the burdens of these proofs, we know a good deal of the ancestors of the black race and we do not have any record that God cursed us at any time or the other. Our backwardness must have been self inflicted rather than an act of God and this is why I believe that we can change the statue co and the reasons why I am poised working in that direction.
In the near future, we shall consider the only curse, which if not taken care of by the individual till death strikes spells doom.
Continued from Part 1