The Ibo Benei-Yisrael of Nigeria, sometimes addressed as "Igbo," are an Ibo ethnic group whom
descended from the southern and westward migrations of both ancient Hebrew and later Israeli peoples
from the Middle East into Africa. In more modern times the ancestral homeland of the Ibo Benei-Yisrael
is in the Southeast and Western regions of Nigeria. The area where a majority of Ibo dwells straddles the
River Niger, which divides the River and the Anambra States. Nigeria operates on a federal structure, of
36 states and the capital Abuja. The overall Ibo populations are normally found in the states of: Abia,
Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Rivers State, Delta State, and Imo.