Director of CFI—Nigeria Leo Igwe interviewed on BBC World Service

June 15, 2009


As part of its international outreach efforts, Leo Igwe, director of the Center for Inquiry/



was interviewed

on the BBC World Service (BBC’s International Radio Station) on Sunday, June 14. Igwe addressed the widespread problem of superstition, witchcraft, and other irrational beliefs held by peoples throughout communities in Africa and how these beliefs and practices are stunting development across the continent. 

Igwe is spearheading an international Center for Inquiry Anti-Superstition campaign across Africa to raise consciousness about and combat the tragic atrocities committed in the name of witchcraft, unchecked superstition, and fear of malevolent magic. The press release announcing this campaign, which has already attracted media attention from the Associated Press, BBC World Service “Newshour” 5/28/09, and “The World Tonight” with Rob Breakenridge (Calgary, Canada) can be found


From the BBC Website:

Do traditional beliefs in witchcraft or the power of juju hold back development in Africa? Well yes according to some people and that includes Weekend Network’s guest this morning, Leo Igwe, who describes himself as a humanist.

Leo, who hails from Nigeria, has just been attending a conference here in London which centered on some of the traditional practices which can also affect individuals in a society.

Listen to the full interview.

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at