Sefa Turah Yoruba Research Foundation

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Kano is the biblikal Kanaan

Sultan Mohammed Bello 1800s, refered to the Yoruba as children of Qhatan (Jakuta) from Kanaan.  Kano was carved out of Kanem-Bornu by the Hausas in the 1st century before then was part of Kanem-Bornu c. 700BCE. Kanu, Kano, Kanumi (Cano, Kenan, Kanem, Kanaan, Canaan) is Oko-igi-anu-oju-rimi, Kanujurimi, Kanojurimi, kenajurimi, Kanu-rimi, Kanumi, Kano, Kanu, Kena, Kana meaning tree forest that we clear the eyes to see in Yorubawa.  Ancient Kanuri, Kanu, Kena, Kano was ile lgi meaning land of woods, sticks.  By 18th century, Kano came under the Fulani.

In present day Kanuri tribes, it means Ka (stick), Nuri (light). Despite the fact that the Lake chad environment which is the heart of the Kanuri settlement and the Kanem-Bornu Empire as a whole is a very dusty environment as such that if a person doesn’t wash his body more often or regularly the dust gets settle on the Skin and makes the Skin looks very dusty looking one; but yet because the Kanuris are practicing Muslims they regularly wash their faces, feet and hands on an average of five times daily, makes them keep having more fresher looking Skin at all times;especially their forehead. It was in view of this fresher looking Skin and face of these Kanuri people living in the middle of this dusty Lake Chad environment that makes some of the neighboring ethnic groups such as the “Sau” (reputedly a race of giants) that lived around the present day Ngala area referred to them as the Kanuris or Kanuri. The NAME Kanuri is from the combination of two Kanuri words ; “Ka” meaning Stick and a word derived from the Arabic word NUR or “Nuri” meaning Light (Though in Kanuri itself Nur means light).So KA + NURI= KANURI . 

The History scholars translated Canaan as low land. Kano is Oranyan/modern Hbrw 2 letter word kn.  Kano is the land of indigo and purple dye had a dyeing pit founded in 14th century originally by Yoruba making and trading in indigo and purple dye. Oyo was founded by Oranyan, Oyo also called Katunga, Katanga, Katagum was northern Nigeria that streatched to Kongo in the 1st century.  

Kanem-Bornu name originated from Bugbe-Noah (house of Noah) according to Nija-area (Nigeria) history.  NOK culture founded in the location 1500BCE to 500CE. The Kanu kingdom started with the Dynasty of Sayfawa which was founded by Asofinwa lbeni (Ibi-eni, Beni, Ben) Odu Yoseifa (Joseph) meaning Sayf ibn Dhi Yazan in modern Arabik who many historians considered him to be an Arab from Yemi (Yemen) the Arabian Peninsula as indicated ealier. Yazan dynasty ruled and controlled the Kanem Empire for about 800 years. Odu Yoseifa is also called Odunuwah (Dhu Nuwas) King of Hymyah, Yemi (Yemen). So with this historical facts it is said that the ancient Kanem Empire was founded in the 9th Century and its first capital was a town in the north-eastern part of Lake Chad known as Njimi.  After the end of Asofinwa of the Mai rulling class, a ruler from Igala, lgara, Ngala was brought.  Kanu tribes include Yewa (Yerwa) Yoruba tribe now in Ogun state and Mai now in Benin Rebublik and Mahin in Ondo state,  

By 18th century during the migration of the Fulani from Mali to Kano, Kanu caused the Yoruba to abandoned tie and dye pit in Kano and fled.  Yoruba settled in Abeokuta and today still making and trading in adire (tie and dye) of indigo and purple dye and more.  

Etymology of Canaan:

The English term Canaan (pronounced /ˈkeɪnən/ since c. 1500, due to the Great Vowel Shift) comes from the Hebrew כנען (knʿn), via Greek Χαναάν Khanaan and Latin Canaan. It appears as 𒆳𒆠𒈾𒄴𒈾 (KURki-na-ah-na) in the Amarna letters (14th century BC), and knʿn is found on coins from Phoenicia in the last half of the 1st millennium. It first occurs in Greek in the writings of Hecataeus as Khna (Χνᾶ).[8] Scholars connect the name Canaan with knʿn, Kana'an, the general Northwest Semitic name for this region.

The etymology is uncertain. An early explanation derives the term from the Semitic root knʿ "to be low, humble, subjugated".[9] Some scholars have suggested that this implies an original meaning of "lowlands", in contrast with Aram, which would then mean "highlands",[10] whereas others have suggested it meant "the subjugated". Land of purple dye.

Kano Kanu land of purple and lndigo dye founded in 14th CE before the migration of Fulani in 1800s

Indigo tie and dye in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Yoruba were originally making tie and dye in Kano, left the north during Fulani migration to Kano from Mali

Yoruba adire indingo dye

Adire (indigo tie and dye) is indigenous to Yoruba in Nigeria