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The voodoo tradition of West Africa is alive and well

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The masquerade-like Zangbetos are normally covered in synthetic palm tree fronds.
The masquerade-like Zangbetos are normally covered in synthetic palm tree fronds. Sam Olukoya

Voodoo or Juju, the belief in traditional magical powers, is widely practiced in Africa and other parts of the world inhabited by people of African descent. Some Africa communities like the Ogu people, who inhabit parts of the coastal areas of the West African States of Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana, have a justice and police system based on voodoo.

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In Ogu land, the system which dates back several centuries is known as Zangbeto.

The Ogus hold tightly to this ancient tradition which they say is far better than the modern-day courts and Police.

Sam Olukoya in Lagos has been finding out more about this voodoo tradition.

A Zangbeto is set on fire to demonstrate its supernatural powers over fire.
A Zangbeto is set on fire to demonstrate its supernatural powers over fire. Sam Olukoya
Women are among some of  Zangbetos strongest adherents.
Women are among some of Zangbetos strongest adherents. Sam Olukoya
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