Utu and Witch-hunting in Southern Nigeria

While overwhelming attention on witch-hunting in Nigeria has been on the activities of pastors and other ‘powerful’ godmen and women in Cross River and Akwa Ibom states, little attention has been paid to the operations of witch-finders in other parts of the country. There is limited information about the exploits of witch identifying individuals in contemporary southeastern Nigeria. This article briefly highlights the witch-hunting operation of Utu, a self-acclaimed former secretary of witches in Ngwa in Southern Nigeria. Utu is short for ụtụ agbaghi igwe, which means a beetle cannot…

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