Witchcraft belief: Murder and Misogyny in the 21st Century

London Black Atheists, Central London Humanist Group and the Nigerian human rights activist, Mr Leo Igwe, a renowned campaigner against witchcraft accusations and winner of the National Secular Society's Special Achievement Award in 2013, are holding an event exploring the harmful effects on individuals and society, of belief in witchcraft.

Witchcraft belief is rampant in many countries of the world leading to violent assaults on, and sometimes the deaths of, women, girls and boys, including the murders of 15 year old Kristy Bamu and 8 year old Victoria Climbie, which were widely reported in the British press.

What role does religion play in Witchcraft belief and how do we combat it? Can enlightenment combat the malign effects of witchcraft belief in black and minority ethnic communities worldwide? Following his acclaimed presentation in 2013 to London Black Atheists, “Breaking the Taboo of Atheism in Black Communities”, Leo Igwe delivers a startling analysis of Witchcraft belief and the imperative of enlightenment.

Leo Igwe at the Hackney Picture House - 2013

The talk is followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the audience. The panel, moderated by Bob Churchill of IHEU, consists of:
Leo Igwe –Human Rights activist
James Ibor–Executive Secretary, Basic Rights Counsel Initiative
Justin Bahunga - AFRUCA
Yemisi Ilesanmi – Feminist blogger, LGBT activist                    Aisha Bhegun - Indian Ex-Muslim

TICKETS: Ticket price £5; Unwaged £2

Please arrive at 6.30 pm for a 7pm start.

There will be drinks on sale at the back of the room and a £1 entry fee into a raffle with First, Second, and Third prizes

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  • Leese

    I learned tonight that I am definitely NOT an Atheist, I say this because I have experienced sleep paralysis and it definitely felt like another presence/entity in the room which when medically explained still makes me believe in the supernatural. I watched a video on you tube this week on the Vice channel about Liberia and I would love if we could organize something to help people out there have their own toilets and pluming and sewer systems, but in this video it showed how a man who had admitted to killing over twenty thousand people was not punished for his crimes against Humanity because he claimed he was converted to Christ, so again it shows that the bigger problem is the laws out there and how Religion is not a good idea in that respect. The link for the video I am on about is:

    August 11

    • Leese

      Oh right that answers my question on you thinking or not that I was political! Anyway to answer your question, when he said about hopefully the whole world becoming Atheist, it sounded a bit cult like to me. How boring would the world be if that happened! No offence though just some other things he said on people's beliefs on Religion. Please refer to earlier comments I have already said.

      August 15

    • Leese

      Oh just seen your earlier comment. I get it now!

      August 15

  • Heather

    Leo Igwe gave a great interview on the same issues for BBC Radio Oxford during this weekend's World Humanist Congress (following on from Jim Al-Khalili. Five days left to listen (02.12 - 02.21 mins):
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes...­

    1 · August 12

    • Leese

      Thank you Heather, I will try to listen to this to get more insight and understanding :)

      August 12

  • Leese

    I was not that impressed with the talk, found it a bit unprofessional with the way there was no pre-warning to the gross videos from you tube. The bit about child witches was my cue to leave as I would have found that disturbing. Maybe it would have been better if the video's were put up here first for the choice for people to watch first so that when we all arrive we already have loads of questions to ask. I was expecting it to be more of a debate with more depth.

    August 11

    • Bigus D.

      Besides, there were only two videos successfully shown, totalling no more than 10 minutes in total out of a talk and discussion lasting over two and a half hours. Nobody paid to see Youtube videos.

      1 · August 12

    • Leese

      Well Bigus I did not feel I got that much from it so that was just me and yes I did find the video of the lady being dragged by that man disturbing too and although there was mention of murder in the topic of the talk there was no pre-warning about videos so I am entitled to my opinion on expressing facts. I know that awareness should be raised on the subject but I feel I have more than repeated myself on my points here. And I did actually feel the videos of the Indian men being hooked up by hooks on their backs disturbing but the part where they pierce a rod through their jaws is the kind of thing I use to see in the Bazaar Magazine years back. I expected a hell of a lot more from the talk sorry but that is just how I feel!

      August 12

  • Bigus D.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the talk, and am glad I made the last minute decision to come to it. We humans inflict so much pain and suffering upon others, through delusion, greed, and other selfish reasons. These are exactly the issues we need to learn about so that we can effectively fight against them.

    August 12

  • Leese

    P.S.
    I was not myself grossed out with the video on piercings because I seen it back in the late nineties featured in Bazaar Magazine and I have had piercings myself!

    August 11

  • Leese

    I feel the advertisement shown in the first talk tonight about the event in Deptford of the lady who gets rid of evil spirits from people is probably the same difference really, she is in a way most likely helping people through the placebo effect who feel burdened by what the believe are entities etc., so although in one respect it is most likely safer for people to go and see her than taking pharmaceutical drugs it is still on the other hand promoting the beliefs and practices that happen in Africa only bringing it here to the U.K.
    I wanted to ask loads of questions but the videos on child witches or child abuse/murders are not my thing sorry. Thanks for the invite though and well done for raising awareness on the problem. Nice to see you all xx

    August 11

  • Leese

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­ (The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia (Full Length Documentary) . I myself religiously watch video's on the Law of Attraction and also watched this interesting video explaining it perfectly in a Scientific way https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­ ( Science Explains How Law Of Attraction Works - Human Brain And Quantum Physics HD ) but as this idea of the law of attraction helps me maintain a positive outlook on life.

    August 11

  • Andre

    I won't be able to attend, unfortunately. I went to bed late and was up at 5am, but finished earlier than expected. I'm on my way home, and unless someone sends a helicopter, there's no possibility of my disentangling myself from my mattress's arms.

    August 11

    • Steve C.

      Helicopter on the way, do you have somewhere for it to land?

      August 11

    • Andre

      I'm afraid I fell asleep and didn't hear the chopper arriving.

      August 11

  • terence f.

    Regret missing but dining with a mate..

    August 6

  • Leese

    I am all ears!

    August 5

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