Akwa Nshi which is the name of the ‘First people’41 (mostly dwarfs) who populated early Igbo
land. This word occurs consistently in the clan names of the earliest migrants (6,000 - 4360
B.C.) to Asia and the Middle East, especially in China, as in the words Kwangsi, Kwangtung,
Hshi, Shansi, Shensi, etc. 42
Our findings as illustrated in They Lived Before Adam through Comparative Linguistics,
demonstrated that Igbo language has cognates in languages as far flung as Canaanite, Hebrew,
Egyptian, Sumerian, Akkadian, Chinese, Sanskrit (in The Lost Testament) and so on, even in
Turkish, and some languages of Western and Eastern Europe 43. This is congruent with the
discovery that Igbo Ukwu inscriptions as shown in the artefacts unearthed by Thurstan Shaw had
striking similarities in near-Eastern writing systems such as Proto-Phoenician, Cretan Hiero-
glyphics, Linear A and B, Proto-Sinaitic, Indic, Hittite, Elamite, etc. (plate 2). Clearly the Igbo
myth of the Pre-historic landing of a god in an Ark and Thoth’s narrative of his own Atlantean
voyage to bring civilization to the cave men of the land of Khem was not without surviving
evidence, for Thoth was the god of writing. All the surviving ‘linguistic’ evidence found in Igbo
Ukwu speak of a writing culture nurtured in Igbo land’s forest city of Rama/Osiris/Khem and
disseminated all over the world across the world’s oceans in the same pre-historic Post-Deluge
project that repopulated the earth after the deluge.44
Our study has demonstrated the importance of mythology and oral traditions in the
reconstruction of the Pre-History of Indigenous peoples, but more importantly the fact that
41 See Umeh, Igbo People – Their Origin and Culture Area.
42 James Brunson, “African Presence in early Asia”, in Van Sertima ed. African Presence in Early Asia.
43 See also Acholonu, “Igbo language: A Former Global Lingua Franca and the Mother of Semitic Languages“, Paper Presented at the Igbo Studies Association Conference, Washington, D.C., April 8TH – 9TH, 2011
44 In The Gram Code and They Lived Before Adam we demonstrated translations of stone inscriptions of an ancient world-wide script known in Europe as Ogam. Our translations of them into Igbo add as our evidence.