Nigerian Child Witch Hunter Visiting Houston for "Marathon Deliverance"...and Folks Are Pissed

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About Helen Ukpabio's scheduled visit, a Facebooker writes, "Pitchforks and torches? Or a more nuanced approach?"
Former steamrolling NFL running back Christian Okoye isn't The Nigerian Nightmare, according to folks like Deana Holmes. Self-proclaimed witch hunter Helen Ukpabio is.

"Not sure that we need to have this crap where little kids are accused of being witches that need to be prayed over and exorcised," writes Holmes about Ukpabio, who is scheduled to visit Houston from her native Nigeria in mid-March for her "Marathon Deliverance."

Ukpabio is the leader of the Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries, an African evangelical religious organization that also has centers in Ghana, Cameroon and South Africa. According to the event announcement, Lady Apostle Ukpabio will be in Houston for "12 days of battling in the spirit of freedom."

The Pentecostal cleric claims to have the power to identify and exorcise "witch children" who are possessed by the devil. In her book Unveiling the Mysteries of Witchcraft, she writes, "If a child under the age of two screams in the night, cries and is always feverish with deteriorating health he or she is a servant of Satan."

Ukpabio supporters (and there are a decent amount, especially in West Africa) consider her a servant of God who has helped eradicate spiritual ailments from humankind. Her critics, such as Staise Gonzalez, say that once children are identified as witches, especially in areas where people believe in sorcery, they are tortured and sometimes killed.

"These suspected witches have been treated in brutal and inhumane ways," says Gonzalez, who is organizing 12 days of protest to correspond with Ukpabio's appearance, scheduled from March 14 to March 25.

"Abandoned, isolated and otherwise ostracized from the community, taken to the forest and slaughtered, disgraced publicly, bathed in acid, poisoned, buried alive, chained and tortured in churches in order to extract confession, and murdered," she says.

Ukpabio, the subject of the 2008 documentary Saving Africa's Witch Children, last visited Houston for four days in May 2010. An online petition through change.org is attempting to block U.S. entry to Ukpabio.

(The event location is listed as Liberty Gospel Church. However, there's no address attached to the event announcement. Calls to the contact phone, as well as Glorious Praise Ministries, who helped organize Ukpabio's 2010 stay, were not immediately returned.)

Meanwhile, the Stand Against Helen Ukpabio Facebook page, created three weeks ago by Gonzalez, has nearly 900 likes as of the time this post was published.

Along with the protest, Gonzalez says that there will be a fundraiser with proceeds donated to United Kingdom-based Stepping Stones Nigeria, "A charity that works to combat the atrocities of Ukpabio and others like her by providing these abused children with an education, healthcare, clothing, counseling, refuge and protection," says Gonzalez.


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HC
HC

This is quite common in Central and East Africa.  A good example of a "healer" like this is Alice Lakwena, who founded the Holy Spirit Movement that later evolved into a terror group, the LRA.  The people who believe this nonsense are batshit crazy, and frequently hack off the limbs of children who are accused of witchcraft.

Joseph Max
Joseph Max

I think every appearance of her's must be met with a street-theater demonstration by local Pagans/Wiccans. Instead of torches and pitchforks, I suggest pointy-hats and broomsticks (especially local folks bringing their young children and babies dressed as "witches"), some break-dancing guys wearing goat masks and hairy pants, and similar mocking displays (parodies of her flyers and billboards, for example.) Stage a mock "exorcism" as a parody right out of the "Exorcist" movie. This kind of thing has to be met with Discordian bombardment. It's much more effective than displays of anger or simple "protest". Just be very careful to avoid African or Black stereotypes, because that isn't the issue. Otherwise demonstrations get spun into "racism". (Of course, they will still play that card, but it's harder when the audience is laughing.) Laughter is still the best banishing.

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

another Nigerian scam?  money not enough.  gotta torture some kids.  it's obvious to me who the devils are.

Riolis
Riolis

As a Priest of the Goddess I pray those lives taken by such hate find peace in the Lord and Lady. That those that truly wish an end to such hate stand strong in love and light. There is a story I have heard: "A hundered hands a circle hate, the inocence of a child it will take to break." If any threaten your child stand firm.

Legally Klee
Legally Klee

So what exactly does she plan to do here in Houston??  Anything similar to what is done in Africa would be child abuse here, regardless of the guise of "freedom of religion." 

The parents that would actually consider doing that in Houston, should not be allowed to be parents.   As a society, we treat abused animals with more respect than to sit idly by while they are continually abused, these kids deserve more.

Dudley "Booger" Dawson
Dudley "Booger" Dawson

There is a simple solution to this.  Get some hardcore LSD put it into a chemo dispenser that is sugically implanted with about a liter of the stuff and drop her off in the middle of one of these suspicious villages.  Good times will be had.

Quannell
Quannell

So that's what's wrong with all the black kids. Never thought of it like that.

David Meyers
David Meyers

" A Tree is Known by It`s Fruit"

No where can anyone find where Jesus or His original disciples blew their own horn or made huge announcements about the authority that was given to them to cast out demons.

This business of Helen Ukpabio ( or anyone else ) announcing that they not only have opened up shop for deliverance of children who are believed to be demon-possessed, but is going out ( outside of their country ) capturing the mindshare of the naive ( like marketers do when they are trying to corner a market )

 Parents please don`t be so gullible, or lend your faith to the power of darkness, by seeing your child as demon-possessed because of fear for what you see may be going on with them. Be strong in faith, pray and love your children and allow God to help you with them. Don`t shift your responsibility to someone else....

It is TIME OUT for this!

 

Joy
Joy

Who is funding this?

Joe Zamecki
Joe Zamecki

Yep, she's getting  the picket. If you're in Houston, and you don't like what this preacher does, PLEASE join us on the picket line, outside of her speaking engagement. Exact location to be announced soon, but it's definitely going to happen. That is, unless she decides to cancel this visit. I sincerely hope she cancels. We have enough trouble with exorcism as it is. 

Shelley Protte
Shelley Protte

Don't just take this article's word. Search on youtube for witch children and see the damage she and other preachers are doing for yourself. It is stupidity, it is like she has never heard, or denies the existence of illness in children.

GregFromCos
GregFromCos

Your report failed to mention that the Nigerian government summoned her to testify early last year, and as of yet she has refused to testify.

http://nationalmirroronline.ne... 

That alone should be grounds to revoke her visa to visit.

klas
klas

This woman bears responsibility for the deaths and abandonment of many Nigerian children. She belongs in jail. Those who have invited her to US soil should be deeply ashamed!

Gongo
Gongo

Why the hell has she been allowed to enter the country?

Tom
Tom

If she gets near my 2 year old, she's as good as ####!

Wyatt
Wyatt

"If a child under the age of two screams in the night, cries and is always feverish with deteriorating health he or she is a servant of Satan."

What a dangerously crazy asshole. That's some ridiculously stupid medieval shit right that. How many people in America believe this shit?

excelnonso
excelnonso

@Jn Brown Everything about Nigeria is not scam, there are more incidents of scamming in US than in Nigeria 

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Liberty Gospel Church is affiliated with her "mission", so my guess would be tithing from the parishioners there.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

a.k.a. every child ever.

Seriously, though, in the West, this is called colic and is an actual medical condition. I feel sorry for the children whose parents believe in this winguttery.

Hanabi-chan
Hanabi-chan

At my house, that is called my kid not wanting to go to sleep and putting up a fuss.  Feverish with deteriorating health meant a trip to the pediatrician.  Seriously, isn't what this nutjob of a woman is openly advocating child abuse?  She should not be let into the country.

This is a case of where Christian missionaries going into the Third World and making the people's lives there even more miserable and harsh. 

Julibug65
Julibug65

It is more like "A Religious Hitler" belief as in she is cleaning out the ones who seem weak and unhealthy.  This is extremely dangerous on any society that she is able to convince people that these poor babies are possessed...  she should be stopped immediately.

Hanabi-chan
Hanabi-chan

My child was a screaming, tantrum throwing, hard headed brat at age two. She is now 14 going on 15, in pre-AP classes at school, make great grades and has close friends and respect for and from her teachers. Didn't  need any whack a doodles like this "Christian" woman to set the kid straight. Wasn't demon possession at all, just a child trying to figure life out and learning the hard way that being a brat did her no favors. Most of us know this.  It is a tragedy that so many children have their lives devastated by this charlatan when with real, tangible help could have made a difference in their lives.

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