Ghana: Banishing ‘Witches’ in Northern Ghana

‘The woman has been banished’, Hamid, my research assistant called to inform me a few days ago. ‘Which woman?’ I asked. ‘The woman I told you about yesterday’, he said in a tone that sounded prophetic. Hamid is a teacher in a local school in Yendi, the traditional capital of the Dagbon state, as the Dagomba is politically described.

He confirms that the belief in witches is very strong among the people of Dagbon despite the widespread profession and practice of Islam.

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