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 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...

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Leo Igwe on 08th Nov

This year the recipient is Leo Igwe Adamawa Chief Judge: Sanction Abdulrazaq Adamu and Other Witch-Hunting Judges and...

Leo Igwe on 21st Oct

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

Leo Igwe on 18th Oct

Nigerians arrested for trafficking and cyber crime Opinion By Leo Igwe The Nigerian government should look into the...

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Leo Igwe on 11th Oct

Leo Igwe is a humanist and campaigns for religious/belief equality in Africa. By Leo Igwe Call it an interfaith dialogue...

Leo Igwe on 03rd Oct

1 day ago Anambra City Report Burial Photos Of Pastor Shuaibu Yohanna Who Was Murdered By Mob In Kano – Anambra City...

Leo Igwe on 30th Sep

Muslim mob has allegedly killed a pastor identified as Reverend Yohanna Shuaibu in Massu, a village in the Sumaila Local...

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Leo Igwe on 23rd Sep

Nigerian undergraduate student turns female colleague into snake for money rituals using black magic  By Leo IgweThe...

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Leo Igwe on 22nd Sep

How to End Witch Bloodletting By Leo Igwe horrific torture witches , abuse of witches, murder of alleged witches, The...

Leo Igwe on 16th Sep

By Leo Igwe Teaching critical reasoning is set to transform the learning culture in schools. At the moment, a lot...

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Leo Igwe on 02nd Sep

Leo Igwe is a humanist and campaigns for religious/belief equality in Africa.  By Leo Igwe When  I die,...

Leo Igwe on 26th Aug

Critical Thinking and Superstitions Among Youths in Africa By Leo Igwe The topic of critical thinking and superstitions...

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Leo Igwe on 22nd Aug

Minister for Civic Education and National Unity, Mr. Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged...

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Leo Igwe on 20th Aug

This year the recipient is Leo Igwe By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) urges the Nigeria Police to...

Leo Igwe on 06th Aug

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) commends the government of Cross River State for sacking a notorious...

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Leo Igwe on 28th Jul

This year the recipient is Leo Igwe The Heart of Humanism award recognizes an individual who exemplifies humanist values....

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...

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Leo Igwe on 25th Jun

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

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