Now that many of the lesser known local stories are being documented, people are speaking up and sharing about their histories, and it turns out the exchange between western Asia and west Africa was consistent much earlier than previously thought. The story of Oduduwa in 700 C.E. may have been merged with earlier exoduses from Kemet due to climate change and political shifts as early as 2000-3000 B.C.E.
There was a problem with some in the Israeli government who did not want to address the fact that the semitic peoples have relation to the Igbo people in Africa. It was treated by the scientists (who may be biased) as if they were looking for a “lost tribe of Israel”, but this was backwards. The truth is very much likely something closer to many of the early Hebrew people being Igbo or having common ancestry with the Igbo, which is why many Jewish traditions are actually Igbo traditions. Travel and trade between what is now Israel and what is now Nigeria may have also contributed. So they should have been testing people in Israel for relation to the Igbo as well, since DNA testing only one way wouldn’t really yield clear results. The test seemed flawed on purpose.
Now though, more are speaking out about the oral and written stories of their people, and archaeology is being done that proves many traditions and stories many think are Hebrew are derived and sometimes just copied from west African stories. Some of this is due to heritage, some due to cultural exchange as a result of trade, and some is because both have some roots in Kemet.
Personal note: I’m excited to see how all this shakes out.
You can learn more about the overlap of biblical stories with west African stories on the Yoruba the Ancient Race Facebook page.