Little Known Facts About the Ijaws #2

Meaning of IJAW (IJO, or IZON).
The exact meaning of Ijaw is lost to time. It may have been an old term for Delta. Bearing in mind the ancestral traditions that mention Ancient Egypt as a geographical location of origin, it is noted that the Nile Delta district was called EJO (EDJO, or UDJO) and symbolised by the Goddess by the same name, also called WADJET by Egyptologists. The name Ujo or Ijo (Ejo, Ojo) seems to have been a cultic name, in line with the name Adumu. The full name was Ujo-Urau (Ujo of the Solar or life force. We know that Ujo (Ejo) was the term for the goddess (symbolised by the sacred cobra) protector of the lower psychic realm, and life force, plus the delta swamps in ancient Egypt (hence the delta district was known as “Piri-Ujo” or “Piri-Edjo”, “place or abode of Ujo” in ancient Egypt), while Adumu (Atumu) was the term for the Supreme Intelligence (symbolised by the sacred python), again in the northern Delta town of Annu (Heliopolis) in ancient Egypt. The full name of Ujo-Urau (captured in the place names of Ijora) seems to support this. So the ancestor Idekoseroake assumed the cultic name of Ujo-Urau, in fulfilment of the commandment of his father King Adumu, to guard the delta coast, as a recollection of how the delta coast of the Nile river was protected by the goddess Ujo or Ejo in even more remote times. Ijaw, or the traditional pronunciation of IZON now signifies TRUTH, using one’s own ethnic nationality as the standard that one must live up to.