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‘Obeah played a part in elections!’ – Edmund G. Maduro

- alleged too that hundreds of thousands paid in bribes
Radio talk show host and social commentator Edmund G. Maduro believes that Obeah has played a part in the recent June 8, 2015 polls when it came to controlling the people. Photo: VINO/File
“There were claims that Obeah played a high part in this last general elections and that Obeah was even used to control the voting,” said Maduro. Photo:
“There were claims that Obeah played a high part in this last general elections and that Obeah was even used to control the voting,” said Maduro. Photo:
Obeah is associated with both benign and malignant magic, charms, luck, and with mysticism in general. Photo: Internet Source
Obeah is associated with both benign and malignant magic, charms, luck, and with mysticism in general. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio talk show host and social commentator Edmund G. Maduro believes 'Obeah' has played a part in the recent June 8, 2015 polls when it came to controlling the people.

He made the highly controversial comment while speaking on his EGM radio show broadcast last night June 25, 2015 on ZROD 103.7FM.

“We just had a snap general elections following many issues of political corruption. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were used by political parties to bribe citizens to vote for them,” he alleged. The National Democratic Party won in a landslide which was a surprise to many people given the abuses and issues of governance and transparency that marred their last term.

“There were claims that Obeah played a high part in this last general elections and that Obeah was even used to control the voting,” said Maduro. “If this behaviour different from the days when the Jews worshipped Baal?” he asked.

He said that even though some people go to church and pretend to be worshippers of Jehovah God, “We are very satanic.”

“These are things that will not improve the quality of life of our children and we have to begin to deal with that,” he said.

He asked whether there was a man of God in the VI to lead the people back to God. “Even our elections now is governed and controlled by Obeah,” he lamented.

The have been numerous reports of political parties handing out envelopes of cash and providing household items as an inducement for the persons to vote for them.

What is Obeah?

Obeah is a term used in the West Indies to refer to folk magic, sorcery, and religious practices developed among West African slaves, specifically of Igbo origin.

Obeah's history is similar to that of Voodoo in Haiti and Santeria in Latin America.

According to Wikipedia, Obeah is associated with both benign and malignant magic, charms, luck, and with mysticism in general. In some Caribbean nations, Obeah refers to folk religions of the African diaspora. In some cases, aspects of these folk religions have survived through syncretism with Christian symbolism and practice introduced by European colonials and slave owners. Casual observation may conclude that Christian symbolism is incorporated into Obeah worship, but in fact may represent clandestine worship and religious protest.

54 Responses to “‘Obeah played a part in elections!’ – Edmund G. Maduro”

  • Yes (26/06/2015, 09:15) Like (46) Dislike (5) Reply
    Vip and edmund were broke they could not afford no obeah lol
    • @LOL (26/06/2015, 09:50) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
      They well used it, but it seems like one was stronger then the other.
      • @LOL (26/06/2015, 11:25) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
        Agree haha VIP use dominica and NDP use Haiti

        Apparently Haiti more powerful

        hahahaha Sweet News
    • vi (26/06/2015, 11:34) Like (56) Dislike (1) Reply
      Edmund and others still think this is the 70's, 80's or 90’s they are living in man? Boss can't you all see what’s taking place in the world today? The young people are swinging elections. The old traditional way of voting for parties because your grandmother trained you to do so is over. Young people are speaking all over the world and standing up for change, not the same old way of doing things. So while you all are stuck in your out dated thoughts about “black magic” the youths are choosing social media, the internet, apps and other means of technology to help them in their decision making. The VIP, UNDP, PPA and others must understand that the NDP are finding ways to connect to the people using common ground technology.
      • @vi (26/06/2015, 17:30) Like (7) Dislike (34) Reply
        The 90s and before were better days. It is only now wickedness in the place. Stop trying to throw under the rug what's got to be exposed. Jehovah says whatever goes on in the dark must come to light.
      • soo (27/06/2015, 14:34) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        I agreed with you. If Edmond was not into this Obeah worship he would not be accusing others of it.
        This was and is God work. He knew what is better to keep this country on it's rightful path.
    • What!! (28/06/2015, 16:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      OBEAH? Charms. luck, voodoo dolls, magic? Are you sure this is not taken from the movie Indiana Jones and the temple of doom? Hahahahaha, somebody lock this crazy man up. So every time things don't go his way there has to be a supernatural force? No, NDP won because they didn't want VIP to get back in, plain and simple. LOL LOL LOL
  • Yes (26/06/2015, 09:33) Like (11) Dislike (17) Reply

    It still have 5 fowl-cocks roosting on top mine shaft and Z*** should've never shaken that hatian man's hand. somebody said that couple of the ministers were seen coming from up sage mountain doing a ritual and dont talk about the salt that was sprinkled around the polling stations.

  • i was hacked (26/06/2015, 09:34) Like (47) Dislike (3) Reply
    Strups, talking about obeah like this is 1943 when people believed in the cow foot woman and all them other crap. Big people does talk some of the stupidest things. In 2015 u talking about OBEAH? So the people of the Virgin Islands are not wise enough to have chosen on their own accord and free will?
    • agreed (26/06/2015, 09:50) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
      In this day and age believing in this kind of stupidity is unreal - but then its no different I guess from having an imaginary friend and an imaginary enemy
    • Be Mindful (26/06/2015, 10:04) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
      Where there is Good, there is Evil. You shouldn't believe IN Obeah, but have the knowledge to know that it exist.
      • wait wa! (26/06/2015, 12:23) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
        ur statement na make sense! I think u trying to say that it exist but don't practice it!
  • Well Sah (26/06/2015, 09:35) Like (7) Dislike (37) Reply
    No wonder them won by a landslide???
  • VINO PLEASE (26/06/2015, 09:37) Like (12) Dislike (9) Reply
    We want to see that obeah cartoon next!
  • God (26/06/2015, 09:45) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    God played a major role in this election. No it is over let us move on from all the negative. God had everything planned the way he wanted it to go. God is good.
    • 007 (26/06/2015, 14:39) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      Which god? many have been invented by man.
    • @God (26/06/2015, 18:18) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      You mean the gods of greed and bribery? Those are demons... Jesus do not bless nor help evil behavior. You'll minds are so filled with greed and self -preservation that you would dear put my God in this evil mess. You all have no respect for God or know him! Keep blaspheming God!!
  • Gasso (26/06/2015, 09:52) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
  • okay (26/06/2015, 09:57) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
    Yes, NDP won because they bribed and obeah. It had nothing to do with them actually running the country and having better candidates. Yawn.
  • VIP Supporter (26/06/2015, 09:58) Like (32) Dislike (4) Reply all need to pray...what obeah...NDP have a strong team and they won get over it already.
    • june (26/06/2015, 11:30) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with VIP Supporter. NDP had a strong team and they won the election. It is now time to move on cause the election is over and there is a country to run. NDP run it well!!
  • Limbo (26/06/2015, 10:05) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow ignorance is truly rampant. Edmund please go and sit down. Enjoy the rest of your years from spewing retarded filth on the air. We don't subscribe to that nonsense.
  • Acrobatic Chromosomes (26/06/2015, 10:14) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    AHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA!!!!! I barely made it to the story, the headlines and his pic had me pissing on the ground laughing. Just wanted to state that this man circling the SENILE bowl.
  • jasmine (26/06/2015, 10:28) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    look on obeah man was in tortola for election and every time election come around some body go missing
  • jtv (26/06/2015, 10:34) Like (5) Dislike (23) Reply
    Edmund you are correct them thief the elections
  • Citizen (26/06/2015, 10:38) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well Edmond would have to know, because that is the only way he could have conjured up those 60 something votes. I was shocked and amazed.
  • Hmmmmm (26/06/2015, 10:41) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    I will let the cat out de bag next election u all dont know who really working it obeah u all dont have a clue that woman in longbush and that man in sea cows bay i tell u all mind plusss the article never said who or which party was doing what only u bas minded people would think on who u want it to be because u not of the landside factor
  • joe (26/06/2015, 10:41) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    this dude need a serious psychiatric evaluation,mr health minister could you please assist.
    • Isay (26/06/2015, 14:57) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      He need God and the blood of Jesus to set him free he like confusion he think he doing good by talking fart that old man well sa
  • weed (26/06/2015, 11:09) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    the NDP had to win at all cost
  • Advice (26/06/2015, 11:14) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Edmund go and pray then go park up your jeep by the seaside let the sea breeze hit you so you can clear your head of that filth you spewing
  • wize up (26/06/2015, 11:15) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    the next election maduro should try some obeah: for an elder in our modern day society this man sounds like a fool but it is the syndrome of the black man to blame someone else for his shortcomings or failure: child not doing well at school we blame the teacher...the elections matter is simple, the VIP got an @$$ whopping just as NDP were defeated back in 2007 but there was no obeah stupid talk back then... for a mature Virgin Islander maduro's level of conversation should change, have stimulating conversation especially on national radio: be more constrictive for the benefit of our territory ( be a good example, to old to be chatting @$$)
    • Code Red (26/06/2015, 13:34) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      He did try it but the Obeah man say he to ignorant to deal with. ha, ha, ah, foolish man.
  • yes (26/06/2015, 11:31) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why this man finding fault on every dam thing in the BVI, When VIP had won 11 - 2, did he notice if there was obeah in this, election is over, its time to move this country forward and not backwards...........Take that up your pipe and smoke on it........people like you, bringing down the BVI on whole.
  • Scary Mary (26/06/2015, 11:32) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Maduro has the right to believe in whatever he wishes. All I can say is I truly think he needs help, as done anyone who believes such tripe.

    Even if it were true, what exactly does any sane person believe will happen if you sprinkle salt around a polling station, cut off a chicken head of a chicken or stick pins in a corn doll?

    I believe salt will ruin your shoes, so you need to be mindful of where you step, chicken blood is messy, but roasted chicken is one of my favourite meals and a corn husk doll would make a great pin cushion. I do a lot of sewing. Maybe I'll get one. It's kind of a cute idea and would definitely be a conversation piece! :)
  • The Real Judge (26/06/2015, 11:32) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Mr. Edmund talking ignorance. The people of God prayed over the election and that is the result. Put God first and you should have the victory. The NDP is people of God.
    • hmf (26/06/2015, 12:23) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      "The NDP is people of God." - you sure? what so called secret organization do some of the elected members belong to?
  • shans (26/06/2015, 12:04) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    yes edmunfd is right why Ms. P want to hiss andrew so that NDp can be cleared and the sprit go bacl where it came from
  • i from here (26/06/2015, 12:28) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Why this 86 votes man don't go sit down ????

    Thanks for your $500.00! Treasury smiling!
  • Soca baptiste (26/06/2015, 13:12) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Edmond look like he was by dougie smoking
    his special again. Any one who side edmond with this
    crap just a stupid and ignorant.
  • NO LIE (26/06/2015, 13:18) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    "He said that even though some people go to church and pretend to be worshippers of Jehovah God, “We are very satanic.”"

    The above ain't no lie. It's the truth! Empty barrels make the most noise - them call down others but that is to get the shame & guilt from off of them.
  • My $0.02 (26/06/2015, 13:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I mean look at the VIP line up. There had to be a reason why such top flight candidates lost right? Clearly this is the answer.
  • Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs (26/06/2015, 13:27) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    What a lunatic. Good thing we have no asylums here.
  • Baughers bay obeah crew (26/06/2015, 13:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Obeah is a reverse medicine it only work on those involve in it, or those who use it to hurt others...That dead lady try to hurt a lot of innocent people with obeah---she suffer with cancer, thought the obeah man can heal cancer, she was wrong.
  • dnomdE# (26/06/2015, 15:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this guy for real!?...some of the things that come out of his mouth-as an elder..."obeah" probably explains y he is still on the air...
    Envelops were distributed-u have no evidence-move on..
    Party in power call a snap election-catch the opposition off gaurd-low blow but hush
    Bottom line-they building everywhere u creates jobs...plenty petty contracts to go need to resort to distriburion of envelops
    re the obeah-glad to know where your beliefs are-buy hust so u know-its 2015
  • Voter Too (26/06/2015, 16:01) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    This thing call obeah,witchcraft is real and it will only work if you believe in it. A particular political party in the neighboring island were dominant in this and they got all 8 then after all the other elections the number started to be reduced until they are out of power.A particular business lady confessed that she often had to bathe and anoints down the politicians body given to him by the spiritualist.The last election it is said every spiritualist he visited continues to tell him it is all over but he won't listen. Nothing beats prayers and we here in the BVI we are not fasting and praying enough.Remember no weapons form against us shall never prosper as some time or the other the effect reverses and it does be detrimental and it may affect generations yet unborn.
    • right (26/06/2015, 18:56) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Well if you cannot give specifics, like the name of the Island then your closing about prayers and fasting is hogwash.
      Christians and those who are spiritual do not make devilish accusations without specifics.
  • Voter Too (26/06/2015, 17:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Remember also he that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. So trust in the Almighty as always many may work obeah but he works miracles
  • Jaajaajaa (26/06/2015, 23:21) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    With which party? You mean Vip because all of them in there love the obeah master you can see it dropping off of them.
  • The Realist (27/06/2015, 07:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    they need to stop this idiot from putting stupidness up on the news
    Y can't he say the people finally start to see progress in the country and they don't want to turn back
    I am not a full Ndp supporter but I must say we are finally starting to see progress.

  • Wow! (27/06/2015, 09:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was with u until now, I think this man is border line crazy.
  • usa (27/06/2015, 19:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man seems crazy,he need to face the fact and acknowledge it,vip was there own enemy.
  • Really??!! (27/06/2015, 22:46) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hmmm, he should know. Ain't obeah he work to get the couple votes he got? It look like he obeah ain't work good though!! Lol. Just saying though, I ain't know nothing bout nobody working no obeah eh, just poking fun at Edmund eh!
  • WTF (01/07/2015, 15:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    E**** face look wicked like he too is a obeah man. One must know one, so please kill the noise.

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