WHO IS IDU? - Onyeji Nnaji
We have been led astray in the course of hearing the history we think we do not know. But in the actual sense, it is not that we are supposed to be ignorant of this aspect of history; our problem is that we are too busy to give time to knowing who we are. Rather than make inquires, we prefer whatever anybody can tell us. I feel greatly ashamed beholding an Igbo person still speak of Israeli or Egypt ancestry for the Igbo.
Idu was the leader of the third set of Igbo ancestors that descended from the sky. Just as Dioka was the head of the second set of ancestors, the Awka, Idu was the leader of the people of Umudiala. When they descended in accordance with what Egyptian Book of the Dead referred to as the third generation, they occupied various parts of Umudiala teritoy. As I have noted in previous reviews, Umudiala land of old stretched from Nod(o) through Ikom, Biafra, Okigwe and Orlu. Idu lived at the present day Ikom. Before this days, those area were all called Benben.
Umudiala were custodians of Igbo culture and tradition. They were the law givers in the traditional Igbo society of old. This was the position Idu represented in the theosophical structure of the ancient Eri led empire of the earth. Therefore, the central role played by Idu in the kingdom gave rise to the naming of the kingdom after Eri and Idu combined. That is why, when Sumarian historians wrote, they refer to the Lost City of the Son as "Eridu".
In the fifth generation, what ancient history refers to as five thousand years, there was a problem. By this time. Eri had gone home. Nri and his youngest brother, usually referred to as "Odudunwa" had a war. According to Ifa Oracle, the war was fought on account of claiming a staff which belonged to Nri. Ifa Oracle referred to Nri as Obatala. The war lasted until Chukwu came down to settle the matter. The staff was returned to Nri. But the anger did not leave him; so he banished Odudunwa alongside Idu, for it was discovered that Idu was behind the misunderstanding. Odudunwa wend down West and named his kingdom "Ife". Ife is Anambra word for light. Idu stopped at Midwest and called his city "Uhe". Uhe is Okigwe word for light.
See details: The Lost City of Light
Very important to note: the aftermath of this war caused the Igbo fathers their rightful position in the heart of Chukwu. For it was discovered through the misunderstanding that the god-men (Our Fathers) could not stay peaceful; therefore came the need to create an earthly man who became "Adama", according to the Igbo oral history. Adama (whom the Biible called Adam) was created on that same fifth generation otherwise rated as the fifth day in the divine calendar. See The Origin of Time
If you read The Meaning of Chi in the Igbo Cosmology by Chinua Achebe, you will discover that it was this war that made Chukwu to say, Let us make man in our ..... See details @ Let Us Make Man; Who were the Us?