Africa Health Advice Lifestyle 

Covid-19 and End of Faith Healing?

Has the outbreak of the coronavirus marked an end to faith healing practices in Nigeria, Africa and the world? This question has become necessary because traditional, Christian and Islamic faith healing claims have been rampant. And they include claims of healing persons who are suffering from all sorts of illness, the blind, lame or those with HIV/AIDS. Faith healing is huge business enterprise. Surprisingly, following the Covid-19 crisis, individuals and institutions that claim to possess faith healing powers have been silent, surreally silent. Before the World Health Organization declared the…

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Africa Lifestyle 

Covid-19 and Witchcraft: Exploiting the climate of fear and uncertainty

A branch of the Foursquare Gospel Church has announced a four-day prophetic power crusade. The theme of the crusade is: Breaking the Yoke of Witchcraft. The prophetic service will take place in Nsukka in Southern Nigeria from April 23 to 26 2020. Authorities in Nigeria should be concerned about this religious service because it has the potential of spreading misinformation and panic in the community. This event is happening at a time of so much fear over the nature and spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The number of infections in…

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Africa Science Technology 

COVID-19 and Common-sense Religion

There is a new religion, a new world religion. This religion has suddenly taken over from various religions. This new religion is an umbrella religion that encapsulates others-African traditional religion, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Bahai. Even the non-religious outlooks subsists under its shade and cover. The new religion has members of these religious faiths as followers and adherents. It includes all religious minutiae but to the extent that they accommodate and abide by the new injunctions. It is not a matter of choice for other religions and ideologies to…

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Lifestyle Nigeria 

Students Discuss Witchcraft in Nsukka

I just returned from the University of Nigeria in Nsukka (UNN) where I attended an event on Who is afraid of Witchcraft? Concerned students organized the program with the support of Basic Rights Counsel Initiative and the Advocacy for Alleged Witches. At last, university students at Nsukka displayed the lion and lioness in them. They came from various departments, engineering, sociology, political science, public administration, arts and sciences. They were curious and keenly interested in examining the phenomenon of witchcraft and in sharing their stories and experiences.The day started with…

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Lifestyle Nigeria 

On Existence and Non Existence of Witches

The existence of witches is a socio-cultural given, an idea that has been taken for granted across societies and communities in Nigeria. Any attempt to question the existence of witches is largely seen as a foolhardy exercise that barely yields any ‘useful’ result or alters the reality of witchcraft in the minds of believing folks. And that is where the problem lies. Witchcraft is a taboo topic, often placed off the list of issues for discussion. This habit of culturally shielding the existence of witches from critical examination and inquiry…

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Malawi Science 

AfAW condemns lynching of alleged witch in Malawi

The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) condemns the lynching of an elderly man for witchcraft in Malawi today. According to a local source, this unfortunate incident took place in Zolozolo in Mzuzu. Mzuzu is the headquarters of the Northern region. A photo of the incident that is being circulated on the social media shows a young man torching the body of the alleged witch which was covered with sticks and tyre. Locals could be seen watching from a distance as the alleged witch was set ablaze. Recently there have been…

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Human Rights Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe Must Take Measures to Stop Witch Killing

The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) is urging the government of Zimbabwe to take urgent steps to stop the killing of persons accused of witchcraft in the country. This appeal has become necessary following the gruesome murder in Bulawayo of an 83 year old man, Mitsho Ncube. According to a report in the Zimbabwean Chronicle, Ncube’s son, Thanbani bludgeoned the father to death after accusing him of witchcraft. The accusation is linked to the father’s refusal to use the rentals collected from tenants to pay utility bills. Thanbani, who had…

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Lifestyle 

Media and Advocacy against Witch Persecution in Africa

The Advocacy for Alleged Witches has launched an initiative to end witch hunting and witch persecution in Nigeria and in Africa in the year 2030. Media establishments are critical to the realization of this objective. Waging an effective campaign against witchcraft accusation, witch persecution and killing has become necessary because for too long witchcraft accusation has been a form of death sentence in our communities. The notion that people could harm others through occult or spiritual means exists and persists among the local population including the young and the old,…

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Lifestyle Malawi 

Malawi Must Protect Lives and Property of Alleged Witches

The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) condemns the destruction of houses and property of alleged witches in remote areas in Malawi. News from the country side says that some witch hunting villagers raided some communities today. According to local sources, an irate mob has demolished at least six apartments and other belongings of persons who have been suspected of witchcraft. Photos from a tweet show images of houses that the rampaging mob had pulled down. There have been no reported loss of lives. The fate of those who have been…

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Lifestyle Nigeria 

AfAW: Combating Witch Persecution and Resource Question

Since the Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) was launched in January, some people have been asking questions regarding the mission, scope and future of the campaign. One question has continued to reoccur. That is, the question of resources. Or better, how to fund the campaign. In fact a BBC journalist repeatedly asked me: Where will you get the resources? From the tone of his voice, I noticed a feeling that the advocacy was a premature, unrealizable and not-a-well-thought out initiative. I clearly understand the concern especially when this initiative, which…

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