Leo Igwe

Leo Igwe (born July 26, 1970) 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 against and documenting the impacts of child witchcraft accusations. He holds a Ph.D from the Bayreuth International School of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth in Germany, having earned a graduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Calabar in Nigeria. Igwe's human rights advocacy has brought him into conflict with high-profile witchcraft believers, such as Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries, because of his criticism of what he describes as their role in the violence and child abandonment that sometimes result from accusations of witchcraft. His human rights fieldwork has led to his arrest on several occasions in Nigeria. Igwe has held leadership roles in the Nigerian Humanist Movement, Atheist Alliance International, and the Center For Inquiry—Nigeria. In 2012, Igwe was appointed as a Research Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation, where he continues working toward the goal of responding to what he sees as the deleterious effects of superstition, advancing skepticism throughout Africa and around the world. In 2014, Igwe was chosen as a laureate of the International Academy of Humanism and in 2017 received the Distinguished Services to Humanism Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union. Igwe was raised in southeastern Nigeria, and describes his household as being strictly Catholic in the midst of a "highly superstitious community," according to an interview in the Gold Coast Bulletin.[1] At age twelve, Igwe entered the seminary, beginning to study for the Catholic priesthood, but later was confused by conflicting beliefs between Christian theology and the beliefs in witches and wizards that are "entrenched in Nigerian society."[1] After a period of research and internal conflict due to doubts about the "odd blend of tribalism and fundamentalist Christianity he believes is stunting African development," a 24-year-old Igwe resigned from the seminary and relocated to Ibadan, Nigeria

Leo Igwe on 03rd Jul

Critical Thinking and Transformation of Teaching in Primary Schools By Leo Igwe On July 1, 2021, I made a case...

Northern Nigeria religion
Leo Igwe on 27th Jun

Christian life in northern Nigeria By Leo Igwe Students who do not profess Islam suffer discrimination in Muslim-dominated...

Africa's Youth
Leo Igwe on 25th Jun

Preparing African School Children for Future Jobs By Leo Igwe After decades of planning and setbacks, the project...

Leo Igwe on 19th Jun

Witchcraft Persecution and Land Disputes in Amuda Isuochi, Abia State By Leo IgweThere is a link between disputes over...

Igwe
Leo Igwe on 16th Jun

Oliver Iroanuonwu Igwe By Leo Igwe I knew that this day would come. My mind had been psychologically prepared for...

Leo Igwe on 14th Jun

By Leo Igwe The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has, in a recent document,...

Leo Igwe
Leo Igwe on 07th Jun

Author Leo Igwe By Leo Igwe June is a special month for humanists and those who espouse a non-religious life stance...

Leo Igwe on 14th May

Leo Igwe (born July 26, 1970) is a Nigerian human rights advocate and humanist. Igwe is a former Western and Southern African...

Witches
Leo Igwe on 01st May

Are Pagans Against Enlightenment in South Africa By Leo Igwe A recent post urging black and white South Africans to...

Witch Persecution
Leo Igwe on 25th Apr

Witch Persecution and Miscarriage of Justice in Adamawa, Nigeria By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW)...

Ramadan
Leo Igwe on 13th Apr

By Leo Igwe I salute you all, Nigerian Muslims, as you commence your holy month of Ramadan. As you mark this month of...

Muti Murders
Leo Igwe on 07th Apr

South Africans Rally Against Witch Persecution and Muti Murders? By Leo Igwe This question has become necessary following...

Fake covid news
Leo Igwe on 05th Apr

Sanction Okotie, Suleman, Oyakhilome for Spreading Misinformation About COVID-19 in Nigeria By Leo Igwe The Advocacy...

Arrest and Prosecute Witch-hunting Pastor
Leo Igwe on 31st Mar

witch torture and murder that are linked to the instruction and declarations of pastors By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for...

Commissioner of Police (CP)
Leo Igwe on 26th Mar

Mr. Sama’ila Shuaibu Dikko on Friday, officially assumed duty as Kano state Commissioner of Police By Leo Igwe Kano...

Leo Igwe on 21st Mar

alleged wizard, who went to do some juju, was “caught” at Aaron Jaja. T By Leo Igwe Recently, an advocate...

Leo Igwe on 21st Mar

Farooq Kperogi presented an imbalanced take on the hijab crisis and growing Islamic assertiveness By Leo Igwe In this...

WitchCraft
Leo Igwe on 17th Mar

expulsion of a 6-year-old pupil, Catherine Karma, from your school. Dear Sir, Dear Madam, Expulsion of Catherine Karma...

Nigeria Mental Health
Leo Igwe on 04th Mar

Humanists Urge Government to Improve Care for Mental Health Patients in Enugu By Leo Igwe Humanists have asked the...

spiritual attacks in Benue
Leo Igwe on 02nd Mar

closure of a school over supposed ‘spiritual attacks in Benue in Central Nigeria The Advocacy for Alleged Witches...

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