5 popular cults in Nigeria you should know

Freemason signet

Every country has its fair share of secret societies including Nigeria too.

There are whispers that there are cults in this country that control the affairs of the government. It is said that powerful men make up these societies.

If you don’t know some of the cults here are five Nigerian secret societies that you should know.

1) The Rosicrucian Order (AMORC)

AMORC logo
AMORC logo (amorcngonline)

This sect was established in Nigerian in 1933. Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis is an offshoot of the Rosicrucian movement that started in Europe in early 17th century. The cult is open to both men and women. According to its website it “enables people to find themselves, turn their lives around, and influence the universe…We offer an ancient time tested system of study and experimentation, which reveals the underlying principles of the universe. Our method offers practical tools applicable to all aspects of life. The Rosicrucian teachings allow individuals to direct their own lives, experience inner peace and leave their mark on humanity.

2) Ogboni

This secret society has been around since ancient times and indigenous to the Yoruba nation. The Ogboni secret society was (and is) very powerful, highly influential in the affairs of the state and leadership. A secret society to the core, the practices of the Ogboni is hidden and not revealed to the public. Its members are hardly known.

3) Freemason

The Free Mason building in Lagos
The Free Mason building in Lagos (Lagos City Photos )

The first Freemasonry lodge in Nigeria was opened in 1806. The second one, Grand Lodge of Nigeria was opened in 2012. The Free Mason is perhaps the most famous secret society in the world and probably the most powerful with influential and wealthy members in positions of power.

4) Pyrate Confraternity

The Magnificent 7, fourth from left
The Magnificent 7, fourth from left (Wole Soyinka )


Officially known as National Association of Seadogs, this secret society was created in 1952. It was created by a group of men known as “Magnificent Seven” which included Wole Soyinka. NAS is bigger than campus confraternities and has infiltrated deep into Nigerian society.

5) Okonko

This secret cult is very strong in the Igbo culture. It is only open to certain influential Igbo men. Members of Okonko are king makers, law enforcers and elders. Initiation lasts for seven days. The importance of palm leaves in Igbo land is stressed on by this group.

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