Category Archives: Nigeria

God, save us from these inhumane treatments, say Widows (Nigeria)

Idowu Adelusi, Sunday Tribune, 18 September

Now, my new name is rejection; I am no longer wanted. People who  heard my  story  are running away from me, calling me  a witch who had killed her husbands. Continue reading


A mind dismembered: In search of the magical penis thieves (Nigeria)

Frank Bures, Harpers, June 2008

No one is entirely sure when magical penis loss first came to Africa. One early incident was recounted by Dr. Sunday Ilechukwu, a psychiatrist, in a letter some years ago to the Transcultural Psychiatric Review. In 1975, while posted in Kaduna, in the north of Nigeria, Dr. Ilechukwu was sitting in his office when a policeman escorted in two men and asked for a medical assessment. One of the men had accused the other of making his penis disappear. This had caused a major disturbance in the street. As Ilechukwu tells it, the victim stared straight ahead during the examination, after which the doctor pronounced him normal. “Exclaiming,” Ilechukwu wrote, “the patient looked down at his groin for the first time, suggesting that the genitals had just reappeared.” Continue reading

Woman Escapes Lynching Over Alleged Penis Theft (Nigeria), August 6, 2002 , by Nouge

A middle-aged woman on Saturday escaped being lynched for allegedly causing the genitals of a male suya seller at Garki in Abuja to disappear.
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Children are targets of Nigerian witch hunt

Tracy McVeigh, The Guardian, 9 Dec. 2007

The rainy season is over and the Niger Delta is lush and humid. This southern edge of West Africa, where Nigeria’s wealth pumps out of oil and gas fields to bypass millions of its poorest people, is a restless place. In the small delta state of Akwa Ibom, the tension and the poverty has delivered an opportunity for a new and terrible phenomenon that is leading to the abuse and the murder of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children. And it is being done in the name of Christianity. Continue reading

Nigeria: Akwa Ibom ‘Child-Witches’ – the Man Behind the Abuse

Leadership Weekend, Ozioma Ubabukoh and Bernard Tolani Dada, 31 January 2009

Abuja — The terrible practice of brutalising children to death, or abandoning them to roam the streets like lost souls, begging bowls in hand, soliciting for alms in order to survive is probably about to end, thanks to the misfortune a self-styled bishop, Sunday Okon Williams has encountered. Continue reading

Children Of Akwa Ibom State And Governor Godswill Akpabio – A Note (Nigeria)

Nigerian Village Square, Dr Olusegun Fakoya, 23 Sept. 2010

I am immensely disturbed by reports emanating from Akwa Ibom state on the vitriolic action of the state government against the activists of the child witchcraft problem in the state. In particular, the state government was reported to have directed the immediate arrest of both Gary Foxcroft and Sam Itauma, leaders of Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) and Stepping Stone Nigeria (SSN), the two NGOs actively involved in focussing world attention on the plight of innocent children in that state. Continue reading

Africa: Child Abuse And Persecution Of Children

Nigerian Village Square, Olusegun Fakoya, 18 Nov. 2008

Africa abounds with various forms of child abuses, most arising from prevalent poverty and ignorance. This notwithstanding, the paramount role of the child in the African setting has never been in question. However, the traditional African belief and attitude to children has been successfully fractured by those who have deliberately perverted traditional belief and infused it with a distorted dose of Christianity. In the words of Professor Richard Hoskins (Kings College University, London), a noted expert on the phenomenon of Child Witches, “the phenomenon (of child witches) appears to spring from a new Frankenstein religion, an unholy marriage of perverted Christianity and an ingrained African belief in the spirit world, fuelled by the grinding poverty and desperate need of the people of West and Central African cities”. Continue reading