Togo – the country of popular world class footballer, Emmanuel Adebayor – is known for its palm-lined beaches, busy capital city (Lome) and hilltop village and the biggest voodoo market in the world – Akodessewa Fetish Market.
Akodessewa Fetish Market is located at Akodessewa and dated back to the 17th Century. It’s in a district of Lomé. It is fondly called Marche des Feticheurs in French. The Voodoo market offers traditional talismans and remedies relating to voodoo.
Voodoo is a spiritual and supernatural lifestyle that originates in Africa. It thrives on supernatural ancestral connection, passed from generation to generation via oral tradition and the modelling of rituals and routine spiritual practices.
Voodoo is very much alive in Togo as at least 60% of the people believe in it irrespective of the other religion they worship – one of the reasons the market trend to date.
The fetish (juju-Nigeria; muti-SouthAfrica, talisman-English) market stinks with invasive smell obviously from decayed body parts of different animals stacked together on tables. It is sickening and uninspiring.
Buyers and sellers are oblivious of the smell from skulls and other body parts of animals looked like they have been there for ages, while others look fresh.
The market is very large with divided stalls and huts occupied fetish priests for spiritual consultation.
Clients consult the fetish priest, seer or psychic and traditional doctors who prescribe items to buy for their relevant rituals. The combination of the items and the priests in one are part of what makes the market unique.
On the wooden tables in each stall lay the parts of embalmed animals like wolves, dogs, dried snakes (all types), horsetails, porcupine, and many more.
Charms, cowries, horsetail, dolls, folded piece of clothes and other fetish apparatus dangle openly from the ceilings of each stall.
A seller and a fetish priest’s son said the market only supplies items for white magic and not black magic. (Perhaps to brand the market positively against the notion that it is the centre of diabolical acts.
Funnily enough, they offer fertility, favour and love charm, as people also come from all walks of life to buy body parts of dead animals as prescribed by their traditionalist or consult the in-house priest.
The talismans and charms sold in the market are good for treating everything from the flu to cleansing spiritual curses – WHY NOT ALSO CORONAVIRUS?
Items in the market cost from CFA10,000 ($15) and above.