How I Stumbled on the Kind of Juju Rich Nigerians Use to Acquire Wealth

How I Stumbled on the Kind of Juju Rich Nigerians Use to Acquire Wealth

By Anayo M. Nwosu

Scene from the film "Blood Money"
Scene from the film “Blood Money”

Chief Uwaezuoke could no longer bear his grief. None of his kinsmen came around for the burial of his son, the third to die in two years.

“What manner of wickedness is this?” his people were asking. “How can a man be so callous to be sacrificing his children one after the other for earthly riches?” they queried.

Nobody in the town, except the priests and the medical professionals, believed Chief Uwaezuoke’s claim that his children were dying of complications from sickle cell anaemia.

Because he was a wealthy man, we thought he was lying.

As a child growing up in Nnewi, a town with the highest density of self-made millionaires per square kilometre in Nigeria, I was convinced by the fables and the queer behaviours of the wealthy indigenes that there was something mysterious or a kind of juju behind any stupendous wealth.

Stories were rife about how the rich sacrificed their manhood, children, parents and spouses to satan to acquire wealth and remain rich.

Some other wealthy men, we heard, were members of a powerful Yoruba- or Benin-controlled secret cult or fraternity. It was believed that the farther the land, the more potent the charm or occult.

My own proof of the satanic link of the wealthy is their reluctance to give money to help their downtrodden relatives who they deemed failures. How could a man be so rich and yet have very poor relatives? It made no sense to us.

They would rather empower outsiders who also work for them.

I believed that the rich man was a treasurer of his kinsmen and should disburse the money on request to relatives. After all, what is money meant for, if not to be shared out and spent!

Though I coveted the allure of riches, I was not ready to spend eternity in the hell our village priest painted.

“What would it benefit a man to enjoy in this short world and spend eternity in hell fire?” our parish priest would ask, to drive home the fear of hell fire.

When I landed a bank job after my postgraduate education, I decided to make a systematic study of my rich customers to ascertain if there were things other than satanic powers that made them so wealthy.

Where else can one gauge the size of wealth of the rich than from their bank account activities?

Applying research tools I perfected in the university, I profiled my customers and selected about top ten of them for analysis.

I was shocked to find out that many of the  rich in the records of the banks I had worked in were heavy borrowers.

They borrow billions of naira to trade or as working capital to run their factories and businesses.

I also noticed that any of them that failed to repay the loans on time would be blacklisted and their property or collateral would be sold by the bank to cover the gaps.

Could that be the reason why the rich wouldn’t bring out money to share or would surround themselves with value-adding staff irrespective of nativity?

Could it also be the reason why the rich would not keep funding the pleasures of their relatives otherwise they wouldn’t be able to repay their loans?

I was to find out that many very rich people invest properly. They buy stocks and property and build linkages. They also have an excellent customer service culture.

Many of the rich are ultra committed to their businesses.

They have near perfect understanding of how their businesses work and are quick in identifying threats to their existence and address them.

The wealthy don’t play with legal advice as they always have good legal minds as friends. They are ahead of government regulations and know how to gain from any government’s policies.

They don’t play with news and information and would pay a premium for their competitor’s strategies.

These guys would do anything to remain in the good books of their bankers as they know that the banks are the source of their oxygen.

Still not convinced, I decided to confront one of the richest Igbo men, my customer and my friend.

I asked him if he had ever used human parts for rituals to make his money before he became large enough to attract banks’ assistance.

The man was happy that I asked the question, as he could now understand why I would never agree to eat in his house.

I never believed that a man could be that rich without a supernatural support. I didn’t want to die young.

The wealthy man told me how many businesses he had done before, the ones that failed and how much huge money he had lost in failed investments.

He told me that nobody could make a dunce or a fool rich; not even Lucifer himself. He also told me that none of the people that won huge lotteries turned out to be the richest in their cities.

My friend attributed his success to his “never-quit” mentality. He keeps trying until he succeeds and would always seek expert advice, which had saved him a lot of money.

That got me thinking.

I have come to conclude that the juju that creates and sustains the wealth of the rich can be found in the following: intelligence, vision, diligence, good interpersonal skills, good credit rating, self discipline, wise investments, eagerness to seek good counsel, ability to identify talents and use them, determination and self belief.

Even with my little progress in life, a woman last year December returned the gift of money I gave her son who was a university student. I felt scandalized.

The woman was resolute and didn’t leave me in doubt regarding the message she intended to pass to me.

And I got the message.

She didn’t want anybody to steal her son’s destiny or “akaraka”.

She told me not to ever give money to any of her children, adding that God would prove Himself if I ever did.

As she jammed the door of my living room after her, I could hear the woman say in a low tone, “ndi ogwu ego”: money ritualists.

The fearful or, rather, suspicious woman, though semi literate, was a new convert to a nearby Pentecostal church.  She had acquired the powers to confront the devil himself.

I was for her a small case to handle.

Her pastor would have admonished them to be wary of the “suddenly rich” men and their destiny-stealing antics.

But I was wrongly classified as a rich man because no employee like me could be said to be rich. A sack from the paid job changes everything.

The woman had an optical illusion of my real net worth.

My employers had recently changed my status car to an SUV, and the news circulating among my folks that I had visited India sometime ago didn’t help matters.

Nobody believed my story that I was sent to India by my employers for training. I could tell that to the marines!

We grew up believing that India was the headquarters of juju and that anybody that went to India had gone to acquire a very potent juju. Even till today many adult Nigerians still believe that the reason India does not feature at the World Cup is because it was banned after scoring 100 goals against another country through mystical powers, even though the reason India does not feature at the World Cup is because it does not qualify. Cricket is the game of Indians, not football.

What a payback to me for joining the multitude to accuse late Chief Uwaezuoke of sustaining his wealth by a sequential ritual sacrifice of his children!

But, I did that in ignorance.

For this and other slanderous statements I had made against hard-working rich men and women, Lord, please forgive me. Amen!



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