The founder of the Igbo civilization was a man named Eri Ben -Gad. He was Hebrew, son of Gad, grandson of Jacob, great grandson of Isaac, and great great grandson of Abraham. He was a man of ideas. To implement his ideas on democracy and enterprise (Equianoism) he and his household left the Chineroth area, known for bronze works, Cannan and settled among the Nubians in the Sacarra area [in today’s Egypt-Sudan].
Eri and some Nubian chieftains founded a democratic, Judeo-Nubian community. In order to maintain some ancient links with his original Hebrew (Jewish) people, he called the new community, the Igbos or the Heebos.