It’s Always Scary in Nigeria

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06.01.10 43 Comments

A friend recently sent over this film clip from Nigeria.  I clicked on it, expecting another charming, low-budget romp in the vein of Chicken Madness.  What I got was legitimately terrifying (save for the charming low-budgetness).  Apparently, in West Africa there’s a crazy lady named Helen Ukpabio who’s very influential, and makes films to convince people of the existence of child witches.  So basically, an African, not-gay version of Kirk Cameron.  Also, there’s this:

Ukpabio has published her views in several books. An example is ‘Unveiling The Mysteries of Witchcraft’, in which she states that, “If a child under the age of two screams in the night, cries and is always feverish with deteriorating health he or she is a servant of Satan.”

A fact not mentioned in the book is that these symptoms are common in young children, especially in areas like Nigeria with poor health and high levels of malaria.

Mala-who?  I dunno, dude, I saw the movie, I’m pretty sure it was witches.

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