12 Cults And Secret Societies Of Africa
The Ekpe is a secret society that lives mostly in Nigeria and believes its members are messengers between dead ancestors and the living. It is a male-only society, and members are bound by secrecy. The society is somewhat akin to a freemason group and does some unofficial law enforcement. Freemasons are a fraternal organization that can be traced to the 14th century and who regulate members’ interactions with authorities and clients. Residents in Ekpe villages often go to the group to help them seek justice when they’ve been wronged.