inscriptions and Sumerian Proto-Cuneiform, but also with Egyptian Hieroglyphics and Dravidian
Malayalam. We had actually discovered an unknown inscription made up of parts of known
inscriptions from several ancient languages, such as those already mentioned. This unknown
inscription, which was very akin to Dravidian Indian Malayalam writing system, was found, not
only on the monoliths, but especially on the Igbo-Ukwu archaeological finds made by British
archaeologist Thurstan Shaw in the 1950s5. In fact it was thanks to matching inscriptions/
symbols which we found both on the Igbo Ukwu bronzes and on the monoliths that we were able
to break the code of the monoliths. This implied that the monoliths and the bronzes of Igbo
Ukwu might have a common origin/culture or range of meanings.
Our studies revealed that one particular form of writing found on the bronzes of Igbo
Ukwu involves using the curves of a serpent to form letters. This form of orthography was
known in very early times in India, and was called Snake Science 6. It was also known that the
Phoenicians were taught Snake Science writing by Thoth, the Egyptian god of writing, and that
the most basic letters of the Phoenician alphabet (the mother of the Greek Alphabet) were written
in the form of the curves of a serpent, e.g. the Phoenician letter theth, which stands for the name
of Thoth and for his sacred number – nine – is written like a serpent curling itself up. These
discoveries raise questions as to the link between Igbo Ukwu and Egypt as well as with India.
The presence of elements from the Indian Malayalam, Phoenician and Egyptian elements and
writing systems in Igbo-Ukwu and on the monoliths, draw an undeniable connection between
ancient Nigeria and India, Phoenicia, the Middle East and with Thoth’s Egypt.
This discovery began to open a new perspective on African history, providing a window
into the question posed by Thurstan Shaw, the British archaeologist who excavated Igbo Ukwu
5 Thurstan Shaw, Unearthing Igbo Ukwu, 1977
6 See They Lived Before Adam, p. 112-113; source Laird Scranton, The Science of the Dogon, 2006.