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Celebrity Healer: After Kwaku Bonsam, Another Sangoma Speaks

The major reason why Africa ranks higher in the number of prophets could be closely linked to one fetish priest Nana Kwaku Bonsam of Ghana ...

The major reason why Africa ranks higher in the number of prophets could be closely linked to one fetish priest Nana Kwaku Bonsam of Ghana who claims to have 'offered 1 700 pastors and men of God powers to perform miracles - but now a Harare healer has become a celebrity allegedly through her ability to force thieves to return the stolen loot to their victims.

Nganga (72) of Mufakose high-density suburb has of late become the talk of Harare with people from all walks of life mostly victims of theft and burglary flocking to her house to consult.

Recently this writer visited Nganga’s house for a one-on-one with this much talked about elderly woman.

As I enter one of the rooms after she granted the interview, Nganga looks drained as she stretches her weary legs while trying to find comfort on the hard floor of a crowded and equally terrifying room full of her paraphernalia. 

It consists of logs, sticks, roots, tree barks, dried tree leaves, tortoise shells, snail shells, empty bottles, all completing a pack of her tools of the trade.

The opposite room resembles a pub. Its door is shut but the noise from people shouting on top of their voices is overwhelming!
Traditional Healer in Action 
“I am very tired and busy but we can have the interview now, never mind that noise, they are my clients in session. Most of them would have lost their property or money to thieves so that room has mirrors on the walls.

"I give them a bit of some concoction to drink before they get into that room so that they can see the persons who stole from them. There are words they must speak and by so doing, persons who have stolen from them appear in the mirror,” explains Nganga, who is of Zambian origin.

She says there are two methods that she uses when dealing with a client intending to recover stolen property or money.

“The first method is that the victim just narrates to me his or her story, how the money or property was stolen. If you want to see how the money was stolen you pay $10 and you get into a room where there are mirrors and you will see the thief pouncing in the mirror.

“If you don’t want to go through this you just pay $30 and I give you a small stick to take home. The thief will look for you and give you your property or money back,” she narrates.

Nganga says for one to see the culprit on the mirror, she prepares a concoction that the client sips before being led into a room where a video of what transpired on the fateful day will be played.
“Those people you hear making noise right now are speaking to the culprits through a video. What happens is that the concoction I give to clients makes you see your suspect. 

"In the room you face your own mirror and then start shouting out words like ‘who stole my money, come out’; you will begin to see the person who stole from you in the video,” says Gogo Nganga assertively.

She says those who don’t want to spend time seeing and speaking to the culprits through the mirror just walk in, she performs some rituals on a small stick which she then gives to the client to take home.

“With the stick, you will have to wait up to two weeks and the person who would have stolen from you will look for you and return the loot. If that loot was sold you can negotiate a refund,” she says.

She says those with missing relatives have been helped through the “video method”.

The much-dreaded fetish Nana Kwaku Bonsam speaks with authority, he speaks openly and publicly dares any of his critics to challenge him in a battle of supernatural powers. The Ghanaian resides at his his shrine at Sa-Peiman, a village on the outskirts of Nsawam in the eastern region of Ghana.

His god is called Kofi-Kofi, and is the one who provides him with supernatural powers that are desperately needed by different pastors from all walks of life.

A Ghanaian newspaper interviewed Nana Kwaku Bonsam witnesed hundreds of top-of-the-range cars parked at his shrine, among them were prominent business people and celebrated church founders.

Consultation costs US$5 000 which excludes the cost of the rituals. Part of the rituals incorporates hanging a cat alive, slaughtering several fowls, a white dove, pigeons and goats and then spills the blood on his god.

"I'm a fetish priest; a powerful one of course, and I use my powers to heal the sick, help people who want to travel abroad, help traders get better sales, protect people from fraudsters. I disempower witches and wizards or help people who have one problem or the other.

Some of the testimonies from clients are kept in a counter book that Gogo Nganga allows members of the public to go through and judge for themselves.

“Remember there are many people who want their privacy who just come to get help and go without writing in this book. But I have books full of testimonies. You can go though one of the books and see how people have been helped here,” says Gogo Nganga as she languidly hands over one of the books to this writer.

She says she can also help people with various ailments including issues to do with impotence in marriages.

But how did Nganga become a healer? She says she started healing people for various aliments at the age of 12 when she was still in Zambia with her parents. They were later to come to the then Rhodesia and settled in Mazowe.

Born Efilda Major of a Zambian father and Malawian mother, Nganga says she grew up in Mazowe with her father, a renowned n’anga at the time employed at Mazowe Citrus as a general hand.

Nganga says she is proud of her job and to be helping people with different problems.

“I own a house, I have kombis and I have my private car out of this job. I am proud of it because I am not fake, I deliver. There are many testimonies from people and I have people who come from abroad seeking my services,” she claims. - Online Sources 

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