Hi everyone, my name is Ifeoluwa Popoola and my friends call me Tobi (also my middle name). I am from the most populous black nation in the world (Can you guess which country? Did you mention Nigeria? You’re right!) with over 250 tribes and yep, each tribe has one or more superstitions it holds onto dearly. However, the concept of superstition is not limited to Nigeria but also can be found in other countries such as France, South Africa, Namibia, and the United States (Surprised? Ever heard of “Friday the 13th”?!!) However, for today, we’ll look at superstitions in Nigeria-are they real or just tales? A Yoruba proverb states, “The witch cried yesterday and the child died today, who does not know that it was the witch that cried yesterday that killed the child who died today”
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Whether or not you accept that superstitions exists, they are part of our daily lives. Many of these are as a result of traditional knowledge handed down from one generation to another generation, and have come to stay. However, the good news is that with education many of this seemingly true lore has been demystified. Enjoy reading some of the common superstitions I have come across:
“As a pregnant woman, don’t let anyone cross over your legs when you’re sitting down…or your child will look like the person.” A variant of this is:
“Don’t let anyone cross over your legs when you’re sitting or lying down…or your child will look like the person.”
“Any girl who can whistle is a witch. Nice girls don’t/can’t whistle.”
“Don’t sweep your feet or others’ feet while sweeping the floor…or they will go to jail.”
“Pregnant women should not walk in the afternoon sun.”
What do you think? Share your comment(s) and other superstition(s) you have come across (whether from Nigeria or not).