Past Meetup

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