The James Randi Educational Foundation today announces the appointment of Leo Igwe as a research fellow. The appointment will support his work advancing skepticism throughout Africa and around the world. Mr. Igwe is a skeptical activist from Nigeria and a former representative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. Currently, he is researching African witchcraft accusations and their social impact at the University of Bayreuth in Germany.
Mr. Igwe, in partnership with the JREF, will work 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.
Leo is a powerful speaker and passionate about fighting the horrendous problems of superstition and psuedoscience in Africa. We have reported on so many stories of witchcraft that have come out of Africa and South America. This partnership should bring much needed attention to this serious problem that results in torture and death to innocent people. Congratulations, Leo!
For more, see this piece by Kylie Sturgess on Leo.