The herbalist said it was time to take his patient into an “oracle room” for divination – his own version of diagnosis.
“You are welcome to come in but you would have to go through a short cleansing ritual,” the herbalist said. I obliged. The room looked equally formidable; a dimly lit windowless enclosure with all the expected fetish and carved figures were in a corner decorated like a grove.
He recited more incantation before disclosing his diagnosis.
Read more in the first part of my report here: One psychiatrist, a million patients: Traditional healers take charge of mental cases in Nigeria (I)