Nollywood legend, Pete Edochie has said Igbo myth – ‘Ogbanje’, is a causative factor behind homosexuality.
Edochie has been making headlines lately over certain controversial issues he aired his opinion on, popular among them are issues such as; method of proposing to a woman, his view about single mothers, and this time, it’s a more controversial topic, homosexuality.
Homosexuality, refers to the quality or characteristic of being sexually attracted solely to people of one’s own sex.
While “Ogbanje” (in Igbo) or “Abiku” in Yoruba, refers to ‘children who come and go’. Or, a person who is reborn after birth. In the Igbo culture all humans undergo reincarnation, but some particularly evil children are born over and over again. Generally, it’s an African myth/belief based on reincarnation.
In a video that is currently making rounds on micro blogging platform, Twitter, the actor said that when a child is born and looks sickly, he or she is suspected to be an ‘Ogbanje’ (spirit child) and a mark is put on the child’s face, hand or any part of their body for easy recognition should the child die and reincarnate again.
“The child eventually dies and then if the child comes back to the world, the spirit of a different gender might still be inside of him which may cause homosexuality.”