Igbo Origins Of The Egyptian Gods

Igbo Origins Of The Egyptian Gods

According to Professor Catherine Acholonu, the names of the Egyptian Gods suggest that they originated amongst the ancient Igbo people of Nigeria.

Igbo Origins Of The Egyptian Gods

‘NTR’ or ‘Neter’ is the Egyptian word for Gods and it means ‘Guardian or Watcher’.

Professor Acholonu claims that the Igbo equivalent for Neter is Onetara (meaning He who watches over a thing on behalf of another) which demonstrates that the Neteru were lesser Gods who answerable to a Supreme Being.

Furthermore, in Egypt, Ptah was recognised the Father of all the Neter Deities based on the Egyptian Kemetic Tree Of Life.

In Egyptian, Ptah means “He who shapes things by carving and opening”. This word Professor Acholonu contends is derived from the Igbo word Okpu-atu (meaning “He who molds/fashions things by carving and opening up”).

The Igbo origins of the collective name for the Gods of Egypt, Neter,  according to Professor Acholonu suggests that an ancient civilization of Igbo extraction existed in West Africa and that Egypt was originally an Igbo-speaking civilization and early Egyptians were descendants of the Igbo.

According to these linguistic pieces of evidence, the earliest Egyptian civilization was based in West Africa at Igbo-Ukwu.

The archaeological finds from Igbo Ukwu may thus belong to a lost civilization that was responsible for founding Ancient Egypt (Kemet).

The name of another important Egyptian Deity, Ra may also have Igbo origins.

Ra was Ptah’s son, meaning “Sun/Daylight” and the Igbo origin of this Deity is Ora (which means “Sun/Daylight” in the cult language of Igbo native priests).

Originally named Asar by the Egyptians and Osiris by the Greeks, Osiris who was associated with the number seven is also another Egyptian Kemetic Deity with Igbo origins.

According to Professor Catherine Acholonu, no one knows what Asaa means in Egyptian but in Igbo, it means Seven which is Ashar’s sacred number.

Horus or Heru who was the son of Osiris is the next Deity with Igbo origins because his name is based on the Igbo word Iru meaning “face”.

Iru -Face is the Igbo version of a native Egyptian word Heru which means “Face”, as in “Face of the Sun”.

In mythology, Horus was the God of the Horizon, a place located in the south-western direction from Egypt – the original mythological home of the Egyptian Gods at the Center of the Earth which according to Professor Catherine Acholonu was a reference to Igboland or Biafra, the Land of the Rising Sun/Horizon land.

Professor Catherine Acholonu further contends that the name of Egypt’s most Sacred God Amun/Amen/Ammun (The Unseen One) is based on the Igbo word Inna which is pronounced Ammana to denote a hidden God living under the bowels of the Earth.

In addition, the Egyptian Hidden God, Amen, lives in a place called On which is a hole underground inhabited by Serpents in Igbo.

This may be significant since Serpents are Amen’s sacred Spiritual symbol.



The Igbo origin of the Egyptian Gods can possibly be explained by solving the puzzle of the first Occupants of Ancient Egypt.

According to the  “Tera-Neter” Tile discovery made underneath the early Egyptian Dynastic Temple at Abydos, the Anu were the first settlers of the Nile Valley who founded Kush and Kemet after developing the Ta-Seti Nile Valley Culture when they first started the Neolithic Revolution in Africa circa 3400 BCE and recognised as the world’s oldest Civilization.

The translation of the Glazed Carving depicting the Anu as the first people of Egypt describes the Black “Anu” Man as “The High Priest Tera Neter of the Temples of the God Seth of the Cities of the Anu Peoples”.

Although it is disputed, the Tera Neter Tile has been used as evidence to demonstrate that the Anu were the first settlers of the Nile Valley and Egypt or Kemet that developed a High Kemetic Civilization which may have been the result of a developmental cycle going back as far as 10 000 BC which was then inherited by Egypt’s First Dynasty under Narmer

According to the Anu Theory, the origin of Civilization in Egypt can be found in the first Black African settlers of the Nile Valley in Egypt, specifically the Ethiopian Anu.

In addition, since Professor Catherine Acholonu, also suggests that Igbo dwarfs known as the “Igbo Ukwu Dwarfs” were the first Igbo-speaking Egyptians, these Igbo Dwarfs may be the Pygmy Twa Anu peoples referred to in artefacts such as the Tera Neter Tile that were responsible for creating the Egyptian Civilization after the establishment of the Ta-Seti Nile Valley Culture.  
From this perspective, it can be appreciated how Ancient African spiritual traditions like West Africa’s Ifa Oracle and Ancient Egypt’s Metu Neter Oracle are related.