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the lost city buried in Igbo Ukwu and to what period did it belong? To  track  down  a West

African civilization outside  living  memory, one  had to  look  into the mythologies of West

Africans, but  also  beyond  West Africa, because  civilizations and cities were never private

ownerships – they usually made their impact far beyond their borders, and often seeded other

cities and civilizations when their life-spans come to an end. The mythologies of the Yoruba (as

recorded in Ifa)16, the Bini/Benin (index 3)  and of the Igbo (see index 3) 17all confirmed that  

there  was  an  ancient city  with  world-wide influence that was situated in Eastern Nigeria. They

confirm that this city was constructed in the period of  the Deluge (Archaeologists have dated the

Deluge to 11,000 B.C. according to recent discoveries).18 The Igbo called this city Biafra. The

Benin called it the Holy City of Uhe in Idu Kingdom, while the Yoruba called it Ife. All the

mythologies under reference say that the city was constructed by a god called Eri (in Igbo), Idu

(Igbo/Bini), Obatala (in Yoruba). We found that  the  oldest epic  of the  Dravidian  Indians,

Ramayana, written by Valmiki insisted that Rama was a king in Atlantis who was induced by

filial rivalry to abandon his kingdom, and that he retreated into the deep forest and built there a

city in the middle of the rainforest where annual harvest festivals were held to honour the

ancestors . It was  a city of international renown and the festival was attended by masters from

around the world.19 In They Lived Before Adam, we identified this Annual Harvest Festival as

Ahiajoku the Igbo New Yam festival dedicated to honouring the ancestors, based on similar

claims in Nigerian mythologies about the landmarks marking the location of this forest city.  

All three mythologies of Nigerian tribes named above, say that a Post-Deluge city

was raised up in the African rain forest through  an  artificial  land-reclamation  project

16 Illustrated in Titi Euba, “Ifa Literary Corpus as Sourcebook of Yoruba History”, in Alagoa, see index 3, above.

17 Sources already cited in index 3 above.

18 See Zecharia Sitchen – The Earth Chronicles, Bks 1-3

19 See Acholonu et. al.. They Lived Before Adam, 2009

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