Leo Igwe, Nigeria's most prominent humanist, and a human rights activist, will be giving a ground-breaking talk on 'Breaking the Taboo of Atheism in Black Communities' during a short visit to London to attend the NSS Secularist of the Year Award event before returning to Africa to continue his research into witchcraft.
People 'of all hues' who are sceptical of religion are encouraged to show their interest and support for this event as black non-believers, in London and elsewhere, start to become more confident and active in openly challenging the over-bearing presence of religion within their families and communities and its negative social, financial and educational consequences.
This talk is part of increasing efforts to encourage black non-believers to 'come out', to find a supportive environment when dealing with family and social reactions, to voice their opinions and be more proactive in the humanist, secularist and atheist movements. To paraphrase the African saying "It takes a village to raise a child. It takes all of us to change this religious BS".
It is organised by London Black Atheists (http://www.meetup.com/London-Black-Atheists/ and https://twitter.com/LdnBlkAtheists) and supported by Central London Humanists (http://www.meetup.com/Central-London-Humanists/).
More on Leo Igwe
Mr. Igwe, in partnership with the JREF, is working to respond to harmful and growing superstitious beliefs throughout Africa, including belief in psuedoscientific “medicine,” and witchcraft, which result in heinous murders of adults and children alike. A recent poll showed that about 55% of people living in Africa still believe in witchcraft and that this is correlated, unsurprisingly, with a lack of science education. Inevitably, this has had ramifications in London with its substantial African diaspora communities.
Leo Igwe reports regularly on the state of superstition and paranormal belief in Africa at randi.org, with his column, Skeptical Africa and is the author of the new A Manifesto for a Skeptical Africa, a call to arms for African skeptics, science advocates, humanists and secularists. The manifesto aims to promote skepticism in Africa and to help save lives and has been endorsed by a number of leading figures, including prominent names in science and skepticism throughout Africa and globally.
A full biography of Leo Igwe can be found on Wikipedia and information on his work and publications as a Research Fellow at the James Randi Educational Foundation http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/jref-news/1896-jref-staff.html.
This talk, followed by discussion will take place in the newly refurbished and attractive venue of Hackney Picturehouse in 'The Attic', which has capacity for 100 people. There is a bar on the ground floor and a lift to the Attic.
Please RSVP here so we can anticipate the numbers attending.
Details on the location and disabled access can be found here http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/Hires_Info/Venue_Info/Location/ and on Transport for London Journey Planner http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/
Entry is £5 or £3 unemployed/students/low waged from which we will make a donation to Leo's work.
This event is being supported and sponsored by Central London Humanist Group.