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Nigerian humanist Leo Igwe - TED Talk

Monday 30 April 2018, by siawi3


Leo Igwe at TED Global 2017

August 2017

Why I choose humanism over faith

Video here 10:20

As a humanist, Leo Igwe doesn’t believe in divine intervention — but he does believe in the power of human beings to alleviate suffering, cure disease, preserve the planet and turn situations of poverty into prosperity. In this bold talk, Igwe shares how humanism can free Africans from damaging superstitions and give them the power to rebuild the continent.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

About the speaker: Leo Igwe · Human rights activist
Leo Igwe works to end a variety of human rights violations that are rooted in superstition, including witchcraft accusations, anti-gay hate, caste discrimination and ritual killing.



Humanist Leo Igwe Shares His “Proactive Approach to Life” in This TED Talk

April 29, 2018

by Hemant Mehta

Leo Igwe, a Nigerian atheist activist who’s been fighting superstition for nearly two decades, gave a talk last August at TEDGlobal 2017 in which he advocated his Humanist worldview.

It’s really a beautiful speech that never descends into religion-bashing — though he rightly criticizes the effect its had on people in his country. Igwe focuses most of his time on how he realized he had to rely on himself instead of a higher power.

… as a humanist, I believe in a proactive approach to life. The changes that we want cannot be achieved only by dreaming but require doing as well. The challenges that we face cannot go away if we recoil and retreat into our shells, wishing and imagining that those problems will somehow magically disappear. The good life that we desire will not fall like manna from heaven. My parents did not erect a block apartment by wishing and dreaming. They worked hard, they failed, they tried again. They toiled with rolled-up sleeves, with their hands deep in debt, they plowed ahead, growing their dreams into reality.