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

Arrest and Prosecute Witch-hunting Pastor
Leo Igwe on 10th Aug

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

Leo Igwe on 27th Jul

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches has urged Malawian authorities not to allow witchdoctors into Mpita...

Leo Igwe on 19th Jul

Malawi youth climate campaign participants By Leo Igwe Human Augmentation projects the capacitation of human beings...

Leo Igwe on 06th Jul

By Leo Igwe If Nigerian parliamentarians were to organize an event on freedom of religion or belief by, religious...

Leo Igwe on 19th Jun

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) has joined the global humanist body, Humanists International...

Leo Igwe on 17th Jun

DR Congo witchcraft practitioners By Leo Igwe The apology issued by the Church of Scotland for its role in capturing...

Leo Igwe
Leo Igwe on 14th Jun

Leo Igwe is a humanist and campaigns for religious/belief equality in Africa. By Leo Igwe The emergence of Muslim...

Leo Igwe on 13th Jun

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches(AfAW) urges state actors in Ghana to desist from playing politics with...

Leo Igwe on 05th Jun

Banned Islamic Movement in Nigeria say eight members shot dead by police during Abuja procession. By Leo Igwe Abuja,...

Leo Igwe on 25th May

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) salutes the Church of Scotland for taking steps to acknowledge...

Leo Igwe on 16th May

Nigerian Atheist Mubarak Bala jailed 24 years By Leo Igwe I have been campaigning vigorously for the release of Mubarak...

Leo Igwe on 26th Mar

Bring to Justice Killers of Mgboebuba Nwankwo in Enugu By Leo Igwe On January 26, an advocate sent a message to the...

murder of alleged witches
Leo Igwe on 12th Mar

Sassywood and Witch Persecution in Liberia By Leo Igwe Attacks and killings linked to witchcraft beliefs persist in...

WitchCraft
Leo Igwe on 25th Feb

File Photo: Malawi witch taking a flight at night By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) condemns the...

Leo Igwe on 21st Feb

By Leo Igwe Humanists welcome a public warning by the catholic archdiocese of Onitsha against the ‘dangerous’...

Leo Igwe on 18th Jan

   By Leo Igwe Two years ago, the Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) campaign was launched. This initiative was...

Leo Igwe on 11th Jan

The Guardian Nigeria: The new Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police (CP) – Aliyu Garba By Leo Igwe The case of...

Leo Igwe on 19th Nov

By Leo Igwe As delegates from faith and no faith communities are preparing to meet and dialogue in Abuja, it is pertinent...

Leo Igwe on 11th Nov

TO GO WITH STORY BY FELIX MPONDA Malawi’s longest serving witchcraft prisoner Ezereti Kampota walks to freedom from Maula...

Leo Igwe on 21st Oct

Witch Persecution History in Kenya By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) urges Kenyan authorities to...