Tracing Our Source: Ancient Egypt link.


Since Ferdinand de Saussure, the surest way to prove a cultural contact between peoples is to adduce linguistic evidence by Ferdinand de Saussure (1972): General History Of Africa.

One of the largest inhabitants of Egypt were Yoruboid , and it will be expected that a good percentage of their language will be yoruboid too.

See the table below:


1. Wu (rise) Wu (rise)

2. Ausa (Osiris, father of the gods) Ausa (father)

3. Ere (python/ Serpent) Ere (Python / Serpent)

4. Horise (a great god) Orise (a great god)

5. Sen (group of worshippers) Sen ( to worship)

6. Ged (to chant) Igede (a chant)

7. Ta (sell / offer) Ta (sell/offer)

8. Sueg (a fool) Suegbe (a fool)

9. On ( living person) One ( living person)

10. Kum (a club) Kumo l(a club)

11. Enru (fear / terrible) Eru (fear / terrible

12. Kun / qun (brave man) Ekun (title of a brave man)

13. Win (to be) Wino (to be)

14. Odonit (festival) Odon (festival)

15. Ma or mi (to breath) Mi. (to breathe)

16. Tebu (a town) Tebu (a town)

17. Adumu (a water god) Adumu (a water god)

18. Khu (to kill) Ku (die)

19. Rekha (knowledge} Larikha (knowledge)

20 Hika (evil) Ika (evil)

21 Mhebi (humble) Mebi, humble to ones family

22 Sata (perfect) Santan (perfect)

23 Unas (lake of fire) Una (fire)

24 Tan (complete) Tan (complete)

25 Beru (force of emotion) Beru (fear)

26 Em (smell) Emi (smell)

27 Pa (open) Pa (break open)

28 Bi (to become) Bi (to give birth, to become)

29 Hepi (a water god) Ipi (a water god)

30 Sami (water god) Sami (a water god)

31 Osiri (a water god) Oshiri (a water god)

32 Heqet – Re (frog deity) Ekere (the frog)

33 Feh (to go away) Feh (to blow away)

34 Kot (build) Ko (build)

35 Kot (boat) Oko (boat)

36 Omi (water) Omi (water)

37 Ra (time) Ira (time)

38 Oni (title of Osiris) Oni (title of the king of Ife)

39 Budo (dwelling place) Budo (dwelling place)

40 Dudu (black image of Osiris) Dudu (black person)

41 Un (living person) Una (living person)

42 Ra (possess) Ra (possess/buy)

43 Beka (pray/confess) Be or ka (to pray or confess)

44 Po (many) Po (many/cheap)

45 Horuw (head) middle Egyptian Oruwo (head) (Ijebu)

46 Min (a god) Emin (spirit)

47 Ash (invocation) Ashe (invocation)

48 Aru (mouth) Arun (mouth ) Ilaje

49 Do (river) Odo (river)

50 Do (settlement) Udo (settlement)

51 Shekiri (water god) Shekiri (a water god)

52 Bu (a place) Bu ,a place

53 Khepara (beetle Akpakara (beetle)

54 No (a water god Eno (a water god)

55 Ra -Shu (light after darkness Uran-shu (the light of the moon

56 Run-ka (spirit name) Oruko (name)

57 Deb/dib to pierce Dibi (to pierce)

58 Maat (goddess of justice Mate (goddess of justice)

59 Aru (rise) Ru (rise up)

60 Fa (carry) Fa (pull)

61 Kaf (pluck) Ka (pluck)

62 Bu bi (evil place) Bubi (evil place)

63 In- n (negation In-n (negation)

64 Iset (a water god) Ise (a water god)

65 Shabu (watcher) Ashonbo (watcher)

66 Semati (door keeper) Sema (lock/shut the door)

67 Khenti amenti (big words of Osiris Yenti – yenti (big, very big)

68 Ma (to know) Ma (to know)

69 Bebi, a son of osiris) Ube, a god

70 Tchatcha chief (they examined the death to see if they tricked tsatsa (a game of tricks, gambling )

71 Ren( animal foot) Ren (to walk)

72 Ka (rest) Ka (rest/tired)

73 Mu (water) Mu (drink water)

74 Abi (against) Ubi (against / impediment)

75 Reti (to beseech) Retin (to listen)

76 Hir (praise) Yiri (praise)

77 Ta(spread out) Ta (spread out)

78 Kurud (round) Kurudu (round)

79 Ak – male Ako (male)

80 Se – to create Se (to create)

81 Hoo (rejoice) Yo (rejoice)

82 Kamwr (black) Kuru (extremely black

83 Omitjener (deep water) Omijen (deep water)

84 Nen, the primeval water mother) Nene (mother

85 Ta (land) Ita (land junction)

86 Horiwo (head) Oriwo (head)

87 Ro (talk) Ro (to think)

88 Kurubu (round) Kurubu (deep and round)

89 Penka (divide) Kpen (divide)

90 Ma-su (to mould) Ma or su (to mould)

91 Osa (time) Osa (time)

92 Osa (tide) Osa ( tide)

93 Fare (wrap) Fari (wrap)

94 Kom (complete) Kon (complete)

95 Edjo (cobra) Edjo (cobra)

96 Didi (red fruit) Diden (red)

97 Ba (soul) Oba (king) soul of a people

98 Ke (hill) Oke( hill

99 Anubis (evil deity) Onubi (evil person)

100 Kan (one: Middle Egyptian) Okan (one)

101 Nam (water god) Inama (water god)

The words above are used to show that most Yoruban words are identical to the ancient Egyptian.

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Urbanologist, Geographer, Traditionalist and Oral historian. ​I am a versatile, personable, computer literate and goal – driven achiever. I have good communication skill with ability to interact at different levels. I am self –motivated, can easily assimilate new ideals and quite adaptive to work in different environments. Studied in University of Jos, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and University of Calabar.

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