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Leo Igwe is a Nigerian human rights advocate and humanist. Igwe is a former Western and Southern African representative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and has specialized in campaigning


Policing Witch hunting and Mob Justice in Zambia

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches commends the police for arresting suspects linked to the brutal murder of a 70-year-old man, Albert Katoka, on suspicion of witchcraft in Zambia. Unfortunately, the police did not arrive early enough and could not save the life of this innocent man. According to news reports, Katoka’s case is among so many instances… Read More
Nigeria News and Headlines 

Accused and Abused for Witchcraft in Benue state

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches exists to provide a platform for victims and survivors of witchcraft accusations and witch persecutions to tell their stories and share their experiences. Victims of witchcraft accusations are often denied a voice. Witchcraft accusation is a silencing process for the accused. No one gets to hear their side of story. Accounts of… Read More
Global News Lifestyle 

Has Witchcraft Become Forbidden Topic in African Schools?

 By Leo Igwe This question has become pertinent given recent developments in the course of arranging a lecture for a guest professor from the US. This professor who holds a master’s degree in public health and another in education is visiting Nigeria and agreed to deliver some lectures for free on witchcraft accusations and public health in Africa. I thought… Read More
Featured West Africa 

Apologize to Family Members for Witchcraft Accusations and Witch Persecution

By Leo Igwe  The Advocacy for Alleged Witches urges witch-suspecting and accusing Africans to apologize to family members. This directive follows a video message where a Nigerian expressed regret to his family members for branding them witches and blaming them for his problems. In the 2-minute video message, recorded in pidgin English, this young Nigerian who traveled abroad made it… Read More
Nigeria News and Headlines 

AfAW urges Protection for Woman Who Confessed to Causing Occult Harm, Condemns Priest for Post that Validates Witchcraft

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches(AfAW) urges the Nigerian police to protect an elderly woman who was seen in a video confessing to killing people and causing illnesses in her community. In the video, the woman, who is in her 70s was wearing some palm fronts and surrounded by an angry mob. The woman was accused and coerced… Read More
Nigeria News and Headlines 

 Politicians Focus on Elections While Witch Persecutions Ravage Nigeria

By Leo Igwe With the elections coming up early next year, state actors in Nigeria have their minds fixed on emerging victorious at the polls. The business of governance has taken a back seat. Politicians are busy plotting and scheming to get into power, or to return to power. But across the nation, there is devastation. There is pain, anguish… Read More
Nigeria News and Headlines 

Two Elderly Men Beaten and Strangled to Death for Witchcraft in Benue

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches condemns the gruesome murder of Kwaghange Ugbu and Atuur Shaaja of Gwer East LGA of Benue. The murder of Ugbu and Shaaja happened less than two months after some youths attacked an alleged witch in Shangev Tiev, Konshisha LGA. According to local sources, on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, David Terseer Nongobo, 25,… Read More
Nigeria News and Headlines 

Ex-cellence Project and Psycho-social Support for Non-Religious Ex-clergies in Africa 

By Leo Igwe  The Ex-cellence Project is an initiative that provides psycho-social support to ex-clergies who are non-religious in Africa. In the spectrum of irreligious demographics, former clergies are often ignored. While it is challenging for non-clerical religious persons to abandon religion, it is far more difficult for ex-clergies, that is, former religious workers such as former bishops, priests, pastors,… Read More
Africa Opinions 

 Critical Thinking, Questionstorm and School System in Africa

By Leo Igwe Critical thinking is imperative to education and learning because it is one of the most sought-after skills in the world. So to prepare African youths for the future and to enable them to live meaningfully and address the challenges in an information-driven world, it is imperative to teach African children critical thinking skills. It is necessary to… Read More
Nigeria News and Headlines 

Humanism and Witchcraft/Tsav Allegations in Benue, Central Nigeria

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) is organizing its first seminar on witch persecution and superstitions in Benue Central Nigeria. Benue is a hotbed of witchcraft imputation and witch hunting because belief in the occult force called Tsav among the Tivs is pervasive. To properly situate this historic event, a local advocate explains the significance of the… Read More