When ‘African Juju’ is bowing to climate change – Punch Newspapers


Greg Odogwu

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“..In 2011 the oldest known specimen-a shrine for rainmakers named Panke that sprouted about 2450 years ago-died and toppled over.”

 – Elizabeth Pennisi in sciencemag.org.

The term, Juju, has been applied to traditional West African religions for such a long time that today it has gained a colloquial meaning that is entirely different from what it actually denotes. Juju is now simply understood as any supernatural power, resource or phenomenon that could not be associated with the mainstream religions imported into Africa, especially Christianity and Islam.

This is why, for instance, the Wikipedia describes it as “a spiritual belief system incorporating objects, such as amulets, and spells used in religious practice, as part of witchcraft in…

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