9 Nigerian superstitions that will frighten you

9 Nigerian superstitions that will frighten you

Superstitions are a part of everyday life in almost all cultures of the world. Although advances in science have caused many to grow cynical, many still believe that such superstitions have a logical explanation.

In Africa, Nigerians are among some of the most superstitious people. Among each tribe, there are are various superstitions. It is however interesting to note that some superstitions are common across several Nigerian tribes, causing many to believe that there is an element of truth in them.

Some of such superstitions are:

9. People crossing over you

9 Nigerian superstitions that will frighten you
Many Nigerians would insist you cross them back to break the supposed curse

There are various versions to this particular superstition, but the most common one is that if someone crosses over your leg or generally any part of your body, the person has to cross over back the same way, or you will stop growing. Or according to some, you might lose that body part.

8. Hitting a man with a broom

9 Nigerian superstitions that will frighten you
The broom used for sweeping has a lot of superstitious beliefs attached to it

There is also the believe that hitting a man with a broom will render him impotent. Unless the man takes the broom and hits the person who hit him with it seven times.

7. Fetching water at night

9 Nigerian superstitions that will frighten you
Superstitions abound around the water well, known in Yoruba as 'Konga'

Especially among the Yoruba people, it is believed that if you fetch water from the well at night, you will be slapped by an evil spirit. This though might have been to prevent young ones from visiting the water well at night.

6. Breaking a mirror

9 Nigerian superstitions that will frighten you
A broken mirror is a sign of bad luck

Generally, many believe that breaking a mirror is a sign of very bad luck. There is a superstition that breaking a mirror leads to seven years of bad luck.

5. Whistling at night

9 Nigerian superstitions that will frighten you
Whistling at night might bring snakes to you.

Many love whistling along to songs. However it has been revealed that while whistling might be okay during the day, whistling at night will bring snakes and evil spirits crawling into bed with you.

4. Killing the wall gecko

9 Nigerian superstitions that will frighten you
Killing a wall gecko could lead to the house collapsing

The wall gecko with its luminous skin is scary to some. There is however a superstition that killing a wall gecko leads to bad luck in the house and on its occupants. Some have even said it could lead to the house collapsing. The Yoruba call the wall gecko - 'Omo onile' which loosely translated means 'Son of the house owner'.

3. Kicking a stone

9 Nigerian superstitions that will frighten you
If your left leg hits a stone on your way , you should go back home

Generally, some say it is a bad omen to strike your leg against a stone. In Nigerian society hitting of your left leg mistakenly against a stone or stump  is seen as an evil omen or warning to turn back from where ever the person might be going.

Many believe that failure to heed the warning could lead to possibly loss of life during the journey.

2. Hooting owls

9 Nigerian superstitions that will frighten you
Owls are closely linked with witchcraft

When an Owl hoots on a rooftop or on a nearby tree, you should not go to sleep. Nigerian superstition believe that it is a bad omen.

The hooting of an owl means that someone in that house will soon die. In Nigeria and some other cultures, owls are said to represent witchcraft.

1. Black cats

9 Nigerian superstitions that will frighten you
Black cats are viewed as evil by superstitious people

This is one superstition that can be found in almost every culture on earth. It is generally accepted that black cats mystical, sneaky, and even evil. Coming across a black cat anywhere is viewed as an omen that evil is about to befall the person.

Source: Legit.ng

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Adrianna Simwa (Lifestyle writer) Adrianna Simwa is a content writer at Legit.ng where she has worked since mid-2022. She has written for many periodicals on a variety of subjects, including news, celebrities, and lifestyle, for more than three years. She has worked for The Hoth, The Standard Group and Triple P Media. Adrianna graduated from Nairobi University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in 2020. In 2023, Simwa finished the AFP course on Digital Investigation Techniques. You can reach her through her email: adriannasimwa@gmail.com

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