Brilliant news! Leo Igwe, who many people saw at the World Skeptics Congress in Berlin and was also at the AAI European Convention in Cologne, Germany – his interview with me is now out and featured over at Curiouser and Curiouser!
At the World Skeptics Congress in Berlin, a prominent poster display by Leo Igwe featured graphic accounts of the trials that he and many of his supporters have faced in Africa—their work to oppose the persecution and killing of children and minorities, and the failures on the part of law enforcement and religious leaders to challenge such atrocities. During the closing “Houdini Séance” on the last day of the convention, Leo stood up during the question and answer session to personally thank James Randi for being such an inspiration in the pursuit of justice in the name of skepticism and rationality. For many of us, Leo Igwe is similarly inspirational.
Leo Igwe was the Western and Southern African representative to IHEU, the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He has worked to challenge 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 is presently enrolled in a three-year research programme on “Witchcraft accusations in Africa” at the University of Bayreuth, in Germany.
Check out the beautiful photo by André Sebastiani while you’re at it! It’s all over on the CSCIOP site, called Leo Igwe—The Constant Fight Against Irrationality — and don’t forget to read the other articles authored by the likes of Sharon Hill (I really enjoyed her last one, on Bad Reaction: The Toxicity of Chemical-Free Claims) and Robert Blaskiewicz, with Out of Mind? Out of Sight!