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Did You Know There’s Judaism in Nigeria? Watch the trailer for the Documentary by Jeff Lieberman – “The Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria”



A lot of Nigerians believe that there are just two religions in Nigeria. Yes, sometimes, we all make that assumption once in a while. But, every once in a while, Nigerians, as they do, tend to surprise you.

I was quite intrigued when I found this video. It’s a documentary on the emergence of Judaism in Nigeria. In fact, there’s a school of thought that poses the theory of Igbo people being originally Hebrews and as such the practice prevailed.

Film maker, Jeff L Lieberman explores the history and practice of Judaism in Nigeria in his documentary “The Re-emerging: The Jews of Nigeria”. For more information, visit {HERE}

Watch the trailer here and share your thoughts!

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  1. hmm

    June 4, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Lol trust me there are different religions in Nigeria….there are some that leave me confused….we have cele, cults,buddhaism,muslims, catholics, anglicans, village/rural Gods not to talk of the different kind of pastors coming up.. etc and i recently found out there is a religion called christian scientist.. as long as we all believe in the same God its fine….let people worship how they want as long as there is peace ….

    • Comfort

      June 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Biko, what is Christian Scientist?

    • Tiki

      June 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Maybe he/she means Scientology…

    • Naveah

      June 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Christian Science and Scientology are TWO DIFFERENT religions.

      Christian Science was started by Mary Baker Eddy in the 1800’s. Christian Scientists consider themselves to be Christians, use the old and new testaments of the Holy Bible, and believe that a spiritual and physical healing is the desire of God for His people. They do not believe in hospitals, they believe in spiritual healing for all diseases.

      Scientology, on the complete other hand, has no basis in Christianity whatsoever, despite the fact that a cross, clearly a Christian symbol, is found in the Scientology logo. Founded by science fiction writer L. Rob Hubbard, in Scientology there is no belief in the Holy Bible, God, or Jesus Christ. As stated on the official Scientology website, “Scientology is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, others and all of life. Dianetics is the primary book used by Scientologists to learn more about their beliefs and how to achieve “truth” in life.

  2. Ben

    June 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Silly people,I am an Igbo ,no way I can be Jew , Jews are racist people

    • omoibo

      June 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      You my friend are being bigoted. Sure, there can be Jews or any religion at that in Nigeria the choice is what we as individuals choose to practice & believe in. It’s our fundamental right as humans to have the freedom to choose what we believe in.
      They can practice Judaism as long as they are not infringing upon anybody’s rights…Shalom 😛

    • Bella

      June 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      You are just insane!

  3. Deedee

    June 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Na wa o! Wonders shall never cease……………………..

  4. brown. sucre

    June 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm


  5. Hurperyermie

    June 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Na only God go fit help this country na everything we get shuuu

  6. okay, im a nudist

    June 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    yes ooo i see them just the way i see muslims!! isnt that an arabic religion??????

  7. Luchi

    June 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    We are always quick to judge once we dont understand something. If it is God they worship, then let them worship him how they please. Afterall the popular religions we know, who is a saint there? No one. sSo let each man carry his cross and let the other focus on his own. Period.

  8. Ready

    June 4, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Hian! See ehn, my own issue is not with the religion o. It’s that these people aren’t saying they’re converting to Judaism, they are saying they are Jews. The statement that “my mother told me something I will never forgot, she said Igbo people are Jews.” That is a looong ting to me. Jewish people are Jews…people who marry them, or whomever, can convert to Judaism, but that doesn’t make you a Jew.
    Having said that, as long as they don’t resort to violence and/or try to make a Jewish state in Nigeria e.g. Boko Haram and their Islamist state, they can like to rock on.

  9. Nawa OOO

    June 5, 2013 at 2:03 am

    mchew! nigerians no dey carry last ooo

  10. Nawa OOO

    June 5, 2013 at 2:07 am

    the fact is no one wants to be associated with blacks! soo these people are wasting their time if they think JEWS, people already discriminated would actually want these nigerians to be part of their culture abeg

  11. josco23

    June 5, 2013 at 2:59 am

    shame on you who think that you will ever be accepted by the Jews …..ndi igbo are not jews rather igbos

  12. Stine Chykee

    January 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Am proud to be an Igbo Jew and Yeshua is my stregnth.Shalom

  13. Amos

    December 8, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    please help me how can i convert to judaism.

  14. Brian Sterley

    February 16, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Please please could you send me a copy of the DVD on the Jews in Nigeria. I know I am being rather audacious to ask, but I have no means of ways of getting this tremendous dvd.

    PO Box 800
    ANERLEY KZN 4230
    South Africa

    Blessings to you and your ministry.

    Brian E Sterley (Rev)

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