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5 oldest secret societies in Africa you knew nothing about

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Many people are obsessed with secret societies. For some, they explain the unthinkable. For others, secret societies actually control our lives, pulling the strings of politicians and the elite to yield unparalleled influence in the world.

In Africa, secret societies have a long history, with many of them long established before the onset of colonization. These societies have been alleged to play a significant role in the continent’s economic, political, and law enforcement.

Below are five of the oldest secret societies on the continent. This list is by no means exhaustive as some people have put a count to as many as 15 such groups. But these are some of the better researched, at least as well researched as secret societies can be.

Poro Society 

The Poro, also spelled, Purrah or Purroh, is one of the more documented secret societies in Africa. It is a men’s secret society in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and the Ivory Coast, said to have been introduced by the Mande people in 1000 AD. There are three ranks in which members: elders, chief priests, and boys to be initiated. The group is said to be responsible for preserving the cultural sanity of the community.

Sande Society 

The Sande society is the female counterpart of the Poro society. Also known as the zadεgi, bundu, bundo and bondo, this women’s secret society in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast is said to initiate girls into adulthood by rituals such as female genital mutilation. Some allege that the group confers fertility, instills morality and proper sexual comportment, and maintains an interest in the well-being of its members throughout their lives.

The Sande society is known to champion women’s social and political interests through solidarity and complementarity to the Poro society. For example, its masquerade is one of the only African examples of a wooden face mask controlled exclusively by women.

Ekpe

Ekpe means “leopard” in Efik and the group is present throughout Africa and its Diaspora. The Ekpe secret society which is most active in Nigeria is probably widely known. Its members are all men and typically law enforcers and politicians. They are known to be well-respected agents of wealth distribution in the community, often giving back through merriment and feasts.

Abakua

Abukua is an Afro-Cuban men’s secret society related to the Ekpe. The group is known for its elaborate street dances and the brotherhood is a strong social support network that holds both high expectations and affords great benefits to its members. The group was created by Cuban masons of African descent and has managed to stay mostly hidden for over more than 100 years.

Ogboni 

The Ogboni is a fraternity society native to Yoruba language-speaking areas of to Nigeria, Benin, and Togo. Its members are said to be Yoruba nobility and they control governance and the law enforcement in the community. The brotherhood members are said to perform a range of political and religious functions in their communities.

 

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Baby Sittivetti – Mother warned by husband to k!ll newborn baby; says he came from the devil

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Sad as Mother warned by husband to k!ll newborn baby because the child came from the devil.

Her husband abandoned her the instant he saw this kid, telling her that he does not give birth to monsters and that she should return it to the devil who gave it to her.

Baby Sittivetti – Mother warned by husband to k!ll newborn baby; says he came from the devil

She has struggled with life throughout her existence, and she continues to do so today. Liberata claims that she became insane as a result of what was happening to her.

No one ever wanted to talk to her since they all flee as soon as they saw the baby. They call it a monster and an alien and they are all scared of it.

This infant is in excruciating discomfort since it is always wailing, and what continues to irritate his mother is that she is unable to stop it. No one is willing to assist her since she is unable to adequately explain or communicate what she is always carrying. She used to live in the city, but due to this kid, she now finds herself in a town where she was born, distant from the city, looking for help.

She had a family in the city earlier, but her husband abandoned her and the rest of her children, who are normal, and never returned. Life became so difficult for her in the city so she had to leave her children there on their own and come to her hometown with the last one to seek help from family members.

She had no choice but to be tough and go through everything since she didn’t have any other options. Her family members felt terrible for her and encouraged her to kill the kid since it would only bring her misery and sadness in the future. She couldn’t murder her own kid, so she resolved to attempt all she could till the very last moment.

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Zambian Man Fined For Assaulting Anglican Priest

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ZAMBIA  – The Lusaka Magistrates Court fined a 62-year-old man of Kalingalinga K2,500 for assaulting a priest or in default serve nine months in prison.

The man has been identified as Renard Mwale.

Mwale assaulted an Anglican Church priest, Boniface Baleni, on November 22, 2020, but he pleaded not guilty.

Delivering judgment in the case, magistrate Chiyaika found Mwale guilty and convicted him of assault.

She said the prosecution proved the case beyond all reasonable doubt.

Magistrate Chiyaika ordered Mwale to pay the fine by December 17, 2021 or in default, go in prison for nine months.

She warned Mwale not to commit any similar offence.

Magistrate Chiyaika said she fined Mwale after considering his mitigation and apology which he rendered to the priest, court and society.

She advised Mwale and the priest to continue living in peace.

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3 Men Rape Pregnant Mothers at Maternity Ward in Zimbabwe

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ZIMBABWE – Three machete-wielding men reportedly raped two expecting mothers at Maphisa Hospital in Matobo district, Matabeleland South province., after the institution experienced a series of break-ins at its maternity ward where pregnant women were sexually abused.

It is alleged that in the latest incident, three machete-wielding men were spotted entering the maternity ward where they threatened and raped the victims.

According to medical director at the hospital Ruth Chikodzore,  the security at the hospital would be tightened. Chikodzore said:

“We had a meeting as the ministry, hospital officials and community members, and we came up with several measures that will ensure the safety of patients. We decided to increase the number of security personnel at the hospital,” she said.

She continued by saying  that, there will be police officers patrolling the hospital during the night. Each ward will now have a guard to protect patients. The windows will also be secured as well as the doors.

Chikodzore said the community had also formed a neighborhood watch committee to guard the institution. Matabeleland South police spokesperson Inspector Loveness Mangena said they were investigating the matter

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