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 25th Oct

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 22nd Oct

Leo Igwe is a humanist and campaigns for religious/belief equality in Africa. By Leo Igwe  The Advocacy for Alleged...

Leo Igwe on 19th Oct

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches(AfAW) urges the Nigerian police to protect an elderly woman who was...

Leo Igwe on 19th Oct

By Leo Igwe With the elections coming up early next year, state actors in Nigeria have their minds fixed on emerging...

Leo Igwe on 01st Oct

gruesome murder of Kwaghange Ugbu and Atuur Shaaja of Gwer East LGA of Benue By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged...

Leo Igwe on 27th Sep

This year the recipient is Leo Igwe By Leo Igwe  The Ex-cellence Project is an initiative that provides psycho-social...

Leo Igwe on 15th Sep

By Leo Igwe Critical thinking is imperative to education and learning because it is one of the most sought-after...

Leo Igwe on 13th Sep

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) is organizing its first seminar on witch persecution and superstitions...

Leo Igwe on 28th Aug

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) deplores...

Leo Igwe on 23rd Aug

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) has urged Nigerians to stop branding persons with dementia witches...

Leo Igwe on 19th Aug

By Leo Igwe The decision by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to field a Muslim -Muslim presidential ticket in...

Leo Igwe on 15th Aug

By Leo Igwe Someone drew the attention of the Advocacy of Alleged Witches (AfAW) to an incident of witchcraft accusation...

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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...

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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...