Slum resident narrates how witches operate in Bariga


Usman Akinsola, a young man who lives in Ago Egan slum in Bariga, has spoken extensively about the way of life in that slum. In an interview with Our Agency, the slum dweller spoke about wizardry, explaining how witches operate in that environment.

Akinsola talked about the hardship they endure; according to him, boys in the slum do not have much to do. They make their daily bread from carrying baskets of fish from Araromi to Ilaje. The young man said life is indeed tough for them and they look forward to moving out of that area as they hope to find a more conducive environment.

He condemned the actions of witches in the slum as he mentioned that they have a presence in that place.

He added that pastors do visit the slum during evangelism in order to get the witches to repent. The pastors also create awareness on the activities of the witches in the area.

Akinsola said that witches in the slum turn to cats at night. When asked how they survive in spite of the activities of the witches, he said that God has been their shield. However, he stressed that the suffering in the slum is real as they go through a lot.

The slum resident talked about his personal life as he stated that he is interested in writing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination since he has completed his secondary school education.

Life in the slum is not one to be looked forward to, the young man told theOur Agency correspondent. Things do get messy when it rains as people visiting the slum may have to wear rain boots in order to move around. Akinsola who stays at his mother’s shop from time to time is currently learning how to mend shoes.