African Roots of Ireland – Oguejiofo Annu

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The Fomorians

There are many oblique references to the presence of Black people in ancient Ireland. Ancient Irish mythology refers to the original inhabitants of the island as being a giant, sea-faring people called the Fomorians (Fomors), which means “dark of the sea”. According to the ancient lore, they were a cushitic people from the African continent. Often depicted as demons, they defeated the first few incoming waves of invaders, but could not defeat the Firbolgs, who settled the land and lived side-by-side with the native Fomors.

Those myths may have a factual historical basis. It is proposed that the Formorians were a real people who were in all likelihood sailors from the African continent.

Two more invasions, the first led by the godly Tuatha de Danaan, and the second by the Celtic Milesians, took control of Ireland, mixing together with the Fomorians until they were no more.

There are credible sources for the African association with Ireland. The most likely of these is that they were Phoenicians and/or Egyptians. The Phoenicians were Canaanites, which came from the line of Ham. Ham is the mythological ancestor of the Black nation.

The Phoenicians were also well-known for their sailing skills, and are said to have traveled to the British Isles, which they called the “Tin Islands”. Perhaps, before Ireland was a Celtic domain, which it wasn’t until a few centuries BCE, the Phoenicians colonized it. It is noteworthy that the name Fomorians sounds a bit like Phoenicians.

There is also a legend that an Egyptian princess, Scota, left Egypt with some followers and journeyed to Ireland. Legend has it that Egyptians left many ancient tin mines all over Britain but especially Ireland which was their major source of the valuable metal.

Another idea is that they were Taureg Berbers. The Berber language is Hamitic, and the Berber people live in an area from which travel to Ireland would be easily accessible. The Berbers perhaps set sail from western Morocco, and settled on Ireland before the Celts, making it their new home.

Moorish Science Temple founder Drew Ali teaches that Ireland was once part of a Moorish empire, and that the Irish are a Moorish people. Perhaps there is a common root between the “moor” sound in Fomor and the word Moor?

Selkies and Half-Breeds

Another Irish legend tells of the Selkies, a sort-of “wereseal” that is a seal during day, but a human by nightfall. Sometimes, in an Irish family of fair-skinned, light-haired people, a child is born with dark hair eyes, and skin, and is called a Selkie.

The concept of the Selkies appears to make subliminal reference to the half-breed children that resulted from the extensive miscegenation that occurred between the Celts and the dark skinned original inhabitants that they had met upon their arrival in Ireland.

Many people of Irish descent have distant and recent African roots, and these features can still be seen in the people and in the culture. There are some Irish people with Afros (just like Andre the Giant a late continental European wrestler with afro-hair). In Southern Ireland, some people, referred to as “Black Irish”, are noted for their strikingly dark features, as opposed to the fair-skinned, light-haired north.

Although many Irish descendants are particularly pale, they do have pronounced Africoid facial features, as well as dark brown eyes, and dark brown hair that is sort-of kinky, especially in moist conditions. A sub race of the Irish called the Bronn are noticeably Mediterranean (read: African) in features especially their hair.

In addition to all of this, Celtic music is distinctly different from the rest of Europe, and easily comparable to African music.

Black, Viking and Irish

Unlike Scotland and England, Ireland was never colonized by the Romans. As a result, Ireland remained relatively isolated.

The Vikings established port cities like Dublin. The Viking texts left stories and descriptions of African soldiers captured in Ireland whom they called blaumen[blue-men].

Most Viking references to ”black” in Norse would have signified having black hair as opposed to skin color but blaumen meant black skinned. Most of these blaumen were captured soliders from Moorish Spain. It was observed that:

“A prominent Viking of the eleventh century was Thorhall, who was aboard the ship that carried the early Vikings to the shores of North America. Thorhall was “the huntsman in summer, and in winter the steward of Eric the Red. He was, it is said, a large man, and strong, black, and like a giant, silent, and foul-mouthed in his speech, and always egged on Eric to the worst; he was a bad Christian.””

“Another Viking, more notable than Thorhall, was Earl Thorfinn, “the most distinguished of all the earls in the Islands.” Thorfinn ruled over nine earldoms in Scotland and Ireland, and died at the age of seventy-five. His widow married the king of Scotland. Thorfinn was described as “one of the largest men in point of stature, and ugly, sharp featured, and somewhat tawny, and the most martial looking man… It has been related that he was the foremost of all his men.””

What about Scotland and Wales?

“Any comprehensive account of the African presence in early Europe should include England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Scandinavia. The history and legends of Scotland confirm the existence of “purely Black people.” We see one of them in the person of Kenneth the Niger. During the tenth century Kenneth the Niger ruled over three provinces in the Scottish Highlands.

The historical and literary traditions of Wales reflect similar beliefs. According to Gwyn Jones (perhaps the world’s leading authority on the subject), to the Welsh chroniclers, “The Danes coming in by way of England and the Norwegians by way of Ireland were pretty well all black: Black Gentiles, Black Norsemen, Black Host.””

Ogu Eji Ofo Annu


Ancient And Modern Britons, by David Mac Ritchie
Nature Knows No Color-Line, by J.A. Rogers

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487 thoughts on “African Roots of Ireland – Oguejiofo Annu”

  1. The great archaeologists said that, this world was once black, and that the recessive gene, kicked in. So it is true at one point, that Europe was predominantly black.

  2. According to the literature in which I have researched, the Firbolg were the first colony of Ireland. The African Fomorians arrived later.

  3. It’s quite clear that there were African tribes in Irelan. How much evidence does Steven Need. The Darkest of European peoples described them darker than them in detail. If they were Basques they would be of similar colour and not noted as darker. Berber verbs tones of the exact nature have been found in Ireland. Maybe it’s a bitter pill to swallow for Stephen. But the well stated facts put forward offer back up, which Stephen could not a never did deliver. The sad comment of can I now call you my n word shows a baby throwing his toys out the pram.

  4. Very interesting article. I’d love to read more. I was disappointed that there were no citations.

  5. What’s really funny is the fact that none of this from either side can really be proven. Since 1) There has been so much mixing of DNA from marriage and breeding to really determine if this DNA is really from an ancient African civilization. 2) And also for the fact that no one alive was there to see it so no witnesses. 3) Using ancient texts written by men including religious books that allow men (who are fallible) that interprets a first hand account in the second person can not be trusted. Realize that all of this is speculation once you do you will probably chill out and enjoy life lol have fun.

  6. I am amazed at the number of posts here that claim Tacitus, Pliny and Ephorus said the British Celts were dark skinned like Ethiopians. None of these writers said anything like that as anyone who cares to check their writing will see,

    The Silures inhabited south Wales and Tacitus believed they came from Iberia. He described them as ‘colorati’ which, if you consult a Latin dictionary, means something like ‘tinged with colour’. In other words, coming from Spain, they were of a tanned complexion and they had curly hair. Neither of these factors makes anyone black.

    Pliny did NOT describe anyone as looking like an Ethiopian. In his book ‘Natural History’ he discusses a plant called Glastum, which is like Woad and he says that the women of the Gauls cover themselves with this blue/black stain and dance around ‘looking like Ethiopians’. It is the stain of the plant dye that makes them look dark.

    Nor does Ephorus say what he is alleged to have said. His words were:

    “ The Indians inhabit the east and the country towards the rising sun ; while the Ethiopians dwell towards the south ; to the west the land is held by the Celts ; and the north is peopled by the Scythians.- These tracts, however, are not of equal extent, for those of the Scythians and Ethiopians are the larger, those of the Indians and Celts the less and almost equal in size.”

    This shows how much this ‘Europeans were black’ nonsense depends on outright lies. As for other Roman writer’s views on the Celts here are just a few:

    ‘‘Golden is their hair and golden their garb. They are resplendent in their striped cloaks, and their milk-white necks are circled with gold.’’
    Source: Livy, Ab urbe condita (History of Rome) 38. 17. 3 (25 BC):

    “Gauls/Celts have the highest reputation as soldiers…their tall persons, their long red hair’’
    Source: Ibid, 38. 21. 9

    ‘‘The fact that they fight naked makes their wounds conspicuous and their bodies are fleshy and white, as is natural, since they are never uncovered except in battle; so that both more blood flowed from their abundant flesh and the wounds stood out to view more fearfully and the whiteness of their skins was more stained by the black blood.’’

    Source: Silius Italicus, Punica, IV. 200 (70 – 100 AD):

    ‘‘The chilly Scythians are warmed with the glow of the faith. The Getae (Celts) ruddy and yellow-haired,”
    Source: From Jerome, Letter CVII to Laeta. II (400 AD?):

    ‘‘There were many Gothic nations in earlier times, and there were some too who called these nations Getic (Celtic) All these, while they are distinguished from one another by their names, as has been said, do not differ in anything else at all. For they all have white bodies and fair hair, and are tall and handsome to look upon………”
    Source: Procopius, History of the Wars (Vandalic War) III. 2. 13 (550 AD?):

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