We publish and promote the writing of Leo Igwe, Nigerian humanist and human rights activist.

His e-book No Gods, No Savior: essays on African Humanism is available HERE, pubished by the Brighter Brains Institute.

Leo Igwe was the Western and Southern African representative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), and a representative at the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights in Banjul, Gambia. Igwe has bravely worked to end a variety of human rights violations, including anti-gay hate, sorcery, witchcraft, ritual killing, human sacrifice, “untouchability”, caste discrimination, “child witch” superstition, and anti- blasphemy laws. He specializes in the impacts of child witchcraft accusations, and is presently enrolled in a research program on “Witchcraft Accusations in Africa” as a PhD candidate at the University of Bayreuth in Germany.

 

Igwe's human rights advocacy has brought him into conflict with high-profile witchcraft believers, such as Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries. His human rights fieldwork has led to his arrest on several occasions in Nigeria. Igwe has held leadership roles in the Nigerian Humanist Movement, Atheist Alliance International, and the Center for Inquiry - Nigeria. In 2012, he was appointed as a Research Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation, where he works to combat superstition and advance skepticism in Africa and around the world. In 2014, Igwe was chosen as a laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.

He is an Active Fellow of The Brighter Brains Institute, and a contributing writer at the Africa Futures Project with The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology (IEET.org). His essays have been published in Butterflies and Wheels, James Randi Educational Foundation, Free Inquiry, The Humanist Magazine (US), The Skeptiker (Germany), the Skeptic (Australia), The Guardian (Nigeria), International Humanist News, Secular World, The Freethinker, and Freethought Today. He can be reached at nskepticleo@yahoo.com, #leoigwe