~ ~ ~ WE ARE TRIUMPHANT PEOPLE ~ ~ ~ THE BROWN AND HUMPHREY FAMILIES ~ ~ ~

 

 

Foreword

 

Introduction

 

Paternal Lineage

 

African Ancestry

 

Certificates

 

The Balanta People

 

Nigerian Connection

 

The Fulani People

 

The Yoruba People

 

How Did We Get Here

 

Pictures

 

Sources

 

Acknowledgements

 

Contact Us

 

The Book

 

Guestbook

 

 

 

Most Yoruba people live in urbanized areas and are the majority in Lagos, Africa’s second most populous city, and many also live in other large cities of Nigeria. From very early times, the Yoruba people formed powerful city states. Many live in villages wherein the men are farmers, specializing in crops such as maize, plantains, peanuts, millet, yams and beans. Many others engage in the profession of blacksmithing, textile manufacturing, and in woodworking. The Yoruba women, specializes in marketing and trading and are very independent.
The Yoruba people date their presence in Nigeria, Benin, and Togo, to about 8500 BC. They believed that their ancestors came from an area by a large river in the east. Many believe that they are refering to the Nile River Valley, and are of East African origins, (Nubian, Sudanese, & Egyptian). In J. Olumide Lucas’s book, “The Religion Of The Yoruba”, he traces the Yoruba’s connection to the ancient Egyptians, under the following head:

Similarity or identity of languages;
Similarity or identity of religious beliefs;
Similarity or identity of religious ideas and practices;
Survival of customs and names of persons, places, objects, etc.
Common words of Yoruba and Egyptians such as:
Ran - name; bu - place; amon- concealed; miri - water; hor - to be high;
Ha - large house; fahaka - silvery fish; naprit - grain or seed.

Their beliefs in many gods are also a key linking the Yoruba’s to the ancient Egyptians;

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