Superstitious beliefs have retarded human progress from time immemorial. However, superstition has been especially pernicious and difficult to combat in Africa. For example, in numerous African nations, alleged witches are being persecuted and blamed for causing illnesses, poverty, death, etc.
Not all superstitions in Africa are so dangerous. Marrabouts, or so-called witch doctors, profess to have the power to bring people health, wealth, power, etc. Some Africans believe it is bad luck for girls to eat eggs. Many believe that wooded areas or wells for water are haunted by evil spirits.
In order to combat superstition and to uncompromisingly defend rationality and good science, the Center for Inquiry is spearheading an anti-superstition campaign. To kick off the campaign, Leo Igwe of the Center for Inquiry in Nigeria will help lead a seminar in Accra, Ghana on May 28, 2009. The theme will be "Witchcraft and its impact on Development." It will be held at the office of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA) at 12 Wawa Road. For more information, contact Leo Igwe at firstname.lastname@example.org or Norm Allen at email@example.com , or (716) 636-7571 (ext. 426).