Do You Believe In The ‘Village People’ Myth?

Do You Believe In The ‘Village People’ Myth?

In Nigeria, there’s a popular myth about village people and whenever someone uses that term, it connotes a negative foreboding. I’m quite a religious person, and I believe in the ministry and teachings of Christ. What I however do not believe in is juju and witchcraft. I believe as Christians, once we have Christ and have accepted him as our Lord and personal savior, we have the power to trample upon snakes and scorpions.

A number of people have tried to let me accept that there are principalities and powers despite my refusal. On the flip side, I know they exist and will torment you, lols, if you do not know God. I joke a lot using that word village people but it doesn’t mean I accept it. And when we say village people, it doesn’t necessarily mean people in the village are mean and evil. I still have aunts that live in my village and they are good people. Erroneously, we have come to think people who live in the village should be avoided.


My Village People Encounter

The point of my post all boils now to the fact that I traveled last December to my hometown, Idanre in Ondo State and then to Lagos. When I returned to my base in Abuja, I fell terribly ill. Now, I haven’t been to my hometown in a long while and whenever I visit, I ensure I leave same day. This isn’t due to any reason except that my parents do not live there and I am not particularly close to any extended family plus I enjoy my space.

Village People Myth

At first, the illness started as a joke because I hardly fall sick. I thought it was one of those illnesses panadol will fix but it got worse. Before I could understand what was going on, I was hospitalized and told my sisters, ‘Village people have gotten me’. This was really meant to be a joke but I dwelt on the thought till it became a truth.

Had I Been Jazzed?

Of course not because I had been moving from one state to another through bad roads and a poor environment. I have not traveled by road in a while and I did despite the bad roads. In addition, I slept in an environment my body is not used to and drank water that may not have been treated. I was also exposed to so much stress and an unhealthy lifestyle.

I fed my mind a lie that some village people who may not even exist were the ones responsible for my well being and that stuck. My mind reacted to what it was being fed and it affected my thought process. The brain is an incredible piece of muscle but it will only regenerate was it is being fed. Which is why we are advised to read books, research and learn new stuffs because only that way can we stay up to date.

Village People Myth

Village People Myth

Lessons I Learnt During My Illness

#1. Appreciate Your Friends and Family Who Stood By You

In my 2018 recap post, I talked about gratitude and said I am going to do a lot of appreciation this year. It is not easy when you are in a state of helplessness and have to rely on others to do things for you. If you are someone who is used to being on your toes, being in bed for more than 24 hours can drive you insane. It can even get you so cranky towards the person helping you as you may feel like that should be you.

My kid sister was super helpful around this period, she knows me so well and how cranky I can get. She was very supportive and bore all my excesses without complaining for a moment and for that I am extremely grateful.

To all the that called and send me messages, you all are the real MVP. , I wouldn’t be needing the fake butt afterall, lols. And to all my friends and family who stood by me during this period, I am forever indebted.

Village People Myth

#2: No Man is Immune to Ill Health

I used to think I have super powers that will never make me fall sick. My fear of injections is one reason I dread falling sick. Once I notice any sign of stress, I take a quick break and get maximum rest just so that I do not see a doctor. The last time I was so ill that I was admitted was 16 years ago and I have enjoyed good health ever since. Imagine my shock when fever and some blood infection landed me in the hospital for 3 days and a whole week of bed prison. I was really perplexed and never saw that coming.

The good thing was that I had an health insurance with Reliance HMO and it made my treatment hassle free and at a zero cost. To enjoy this package, sign up using my affiliate link to access primary and secondary healthcare at an affordable fee.

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#3: Stay Positive

At first, it was just supposed to be injections and drugs without being hospitalized but my head kept telling me village people  have won and it may get pretty worse. And it did get pretty worse I hated phone calls or messages. I couldn’t even touch my phone for hours in a day and detest picking any call.

It wasn’t until I renewed my mind and accepted that I was ill because I was stressed and exposed to an unhealthy environment and that I needed proper medical care, that I started to feel better.

#4: Embracing Pain As a Gift

I did not realize the free gift I enjoyed in my good health and kept stretching myself to the limit till I broke down. Pain taught me a lesson to see the good health as a gift in itself. I learnt this the hard way but I am glad I did.

Village People Myth

#5: Including Exercise into my Routine

As much as I am always screaming #fitfam, I stopped loving the idea of exercising. After my illness, I have come to the conclusion that exercising isn’t only meant for weight control but for a more healthy lifestyle.

A Little Back Story About The Dress in This Post

I won it in a giveaway from but alas, it was a size thereabout smaller. I held on to it for months trying to find a solution but there was none whatsoever. Hence, I decided to bequeath it to my little sister. On the day I stepped out of the room for the first time in days, she tried it on. I looked at my smaller frame in the mirror as I had lost some pounds and thought the dress should fit now. Alas, I tried it on and it fit like a glove. Immediately, I did a little glam up and the rest of the story are in those pictures.

Do you have a village people story? Share in the comment section and let’s enjoy a healthy laugh. What’s also one lesson you’ve ever learnt while you were ill, if you’ve ever been ill?

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  1. leemlar
    January 15, 2019 / 11:43 am

    Hahahaha. Village people oooo. I don’t believe any village people have the power to do anything to me . No humans have the power to cast evil on others except by Allah’s will but then I do believe in Evil eyes.

    Based on my religion if people start looking at you with envy/ jealousy because you dress a certain way or because you have what they don’t have. They is possibility it will have negative effect on you. (There is alot of theory about that) lol. That’s what we call evil eyes, they might not necessary wish you evil tho. That’s why as Muslims there are series of prayers we do when we wear clothes or stepping out of the house to protect ourselves from such.
    Well in every problem in life we should always look at the positive side right? . Now your clothes fits😉😉😉 maybe the sickeness was a good thing at the end of the day. Lol #justkidding

    • Akingboye Deborah
      January 15, 2019 / 11:47 am

      Evil eyes, hmmm. I’ve always heard a lot of these from my parents. Sound weird though that someone can look at you and then there’s a negative effect of that on you. Really weird.

      Importantly, if you know and believe in your God, I think you can stay out of harm’s way.

      Like I won’t add the weight again 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 It will come back. Thanks for sharing your thought, Leemah

  2. January 15, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    Lol thank God you are well baby girl and yes, all your points where amazingly insightful especially the gratitude part. We must all learn to be grateful in every situation we find ourselves. As for me I definitely don’t believe in the village people myth o. I use it as a joke or off mindedly sometimes but it’s not something I believe or have really thought much of. I think it’s all in our head. In any case I hardly ever visit my village and my village people don’t know me o so what do I know?
    Will you be angry if I say come and dash me this dress 😢 and the bag and the shoe? 😂 you look so bomb!

    • Akingboye Deborah
      January 15, 2019 / 3:16 pm

      Salmah! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Yes darling, I’m much better now.

      Yeah, I think all of these things are just in our head, truly. Just come and carry all of me 😁❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. January 16, 2019 / 8:12 am

    Looool! Really funny post. I really believe in the whole juju and witchcraft and village people thing because I have seen it happen time and time again.
    But as believers in Christ and in the power of God, those things are nothing compared to God’s power.

    And we also have to understand that even if bad stuff happens through one witch aunty or Uncle, the fact remains that the Devil is our real enemy, not the witch aunty or uncle.

    The Devil is our real enemy. He just manipulates people to do his evil stuff in the lives of believers. But we have the authority and power to rebuke the Devil in the name of Jesus. That’s all that matters.

    Thank God you are fine Debs. Looking awesome!!!

    • Akingboye Deborah
      January 17, 2019 / 11:02 am

      You know, during my devotion yesterday, I learnt that sicknesses and terrible things are not punishments from God as we have been made to believe. The devil is indeed the real enemy and we as sons of God have dominion over him.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, dear.

      • January 17, 2019 / 4:23 pm

        You are welcome Debs.

  4. Jenje
    January 16, 2019 / 7:36 pm

    I don’t know how you perceived this,village people are real.Ur sickness may be as a result of stress ,change of environment ,long distance journey and the likes but have you witness what they call “ATA” in Yoruba,its directed at a particular person and if not taking care of in the local way ,it can also kill. The bible says we shall thread on snakes and adders.Learn to appreciate the likeminds friends too,abi we no try

    • Akingboye Deborah
      January 17, 2019 / 10:18 am

      Oh, I guess they are as real as we are but I am certainly sure they just do not reside in the village as we all used to believe. I am just learning of ‘Ata’, looks like something I need to read on.

      I definitely do appreciate AAUA Likeminds, you guys were pretty amazing and I am very grateful. Thank you for all you do, Jenje.

  5. January 17, 2019 / 11:09 am

    So, I know there are evil people everywhere, village, overseas or city. I however do not profess that their evil plans have/will come for me. I speak against it and my Christian background also teaches me to pray against principalities and powers.

    They exist in real life debs not just in movies. When I hear about the evil things people do to one another over jealousy or money etc, I marvel. However, I am loyal to a higher power which is God and he is always in control.

    I believe the term Village People was coined from the numerous nollywood movies suggesting bad people stay in the village. It’s a stereotyped tag now used for people who stay in the village and it even affects the way we relate to villa residents who we do not know. Not so good but…….

    All in all, there are evil people everywhere but they cannot harm us. Amen

    Glad you are in good health now. I hardly fall ill too. The last time I did and got better after taking the medication I was given, I appreciated good doctors and good health more.

    • Akingboye Deborah
      January 18, 2019 / 1:40 pm

      It’s sad how we come to accept certain stereotype and tune our minds to believe they are real. Quite unfortunate but it’s a good thing we are gradually learning better.

      My dear, there’s no better life than that one which enjoys good health. Now I know better.

  6. January 18, 2019 / 7:57 am

    😂 😂 😂 This is so me, I have this terrific believe about the village people myth….that I ascribe anything that happens to them.

    I guess its believe especially when u watch too much of Yoruba films 😂….

    Buh growing up I understand the fact that something won’t happen to u only if u have believe in it and also that except God there’s no one who is powerful.

    A circumstances can come only if you permit it.

    It’s such a nice post and am glad I read.

    • Akingboye Deborah
      January 18, 2019 / 11:41 am

      Thank you Nifemi. See what African Magic Yoruba has done to us 😅😅😅😅

      • January 18, 2019 / 12:57 pm

        As in 😂 😂

  7. January 19, 2019 / 7:35 am

    With the stories our parents, uncles and aunts tell us about these so called village people it gets scary most times.
    Most times things happen to us because of our negligence and not by any external force.
    Anyways I am really glad you are fine.

    • Akingboye Deborah
      January 19, 2019 / 11:31 pm

      So apt! Thank you hun❤️

    • Akingboye Deborah
      January 19, 2019 / 11:30 pm

      Absolutely🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 thanks sis

  8. January 19, 2019 / 9:34 am

    Village people are people who live in the village ni. Why is that hard to comprehend? 😂

    Sorry about your health, I’m glad you are well and back to your feet.

    • Akingboye Deborah
      January 19, 2019 / 11:29 pm

      😅😅😅 Not in my village biko, lols. Thanks hun 💙

  9. January 19, 2019 / 2:20 pm

    This post was such a fun read. I actually do believe in the fact that good, bad and evil people abound but I also tell people that it’s what you believe in that becomes a reality. If you spend all your time thinking about being jazzed by village people, it will end up happening.

    Anyway thank God for good health and pretty dresses 😂😂😂😂

    • Akingboye Deborah
      January 19, 2019 / 11:29 pm

      My dear, that’s all I’m saying. Let’s just tune our mind to the goodness life has to offer so we can enjoy it to the fullest.

      Thanks Gift, really means a lot💙

  10. January 19, 2019 / 7:17 pm

    I’m glad to know that you have recovered and doing well too, thank God for your health.

    I do believe in village people, I believe there are evil people and I also believe in jazz. However, they have no power over us as children of God because we are overcomers and God has given us authority to deal with these things.

    Can they still affect a believer? Of course they can if the believer is lukewarm and doesn’t exercise his/her spiritual muscles. One thing though, God loves us and is merciful and always wants to deliver his people.

    • Akingboye Deborah
      January 19, 2019 / 11:28 pm

      If we are also faithful to him and call on Him in time of needs. But yes, you are so right.

  11. January 19, 2019 / 9:00 pm

    Debs Debs! Always looking like a bag of money lol. I like the way you carry yourself with the outfits you wear in your blog posts. I also jokingly use the ‘village people’ line but I still believe it to an extent. I mean there are such things as generational curses, strongholds and whatnot, so while not every person dwelling in ‘the village’ is a witch, these places can host a lot of things that one must be careful not to come in contact with – not just physically, either. Sha, village people have suffered when it comes to calamities befalling people honestly lol. I went to the village recently and was even actively searching for the so-called village people, but everyone looks normal to me! On the other hand, so glad you’re back on your feet and back to giving us great content back to back! If you like, deny it in public, I’ll buy you the Wuse Market bum bum for your birthday!

    • Akingboye Deborah
      January 19, 2019 / 11:27 pm

      You were searching for them😅😅😅 What am I going to do with you, Amaka?

      I agree with your thought on this, these guys do exist but sometimes it’s all in our head and mind.

      Thanks for frustrating me back to get on my feet and I may be needing that bum after all 🙈😅

  12. January 22, 2019 / 1:37 pm

    lol I also joke about this village people thingy without really thinking about it. They may exist but we’re more than conquerors.

    • Akingboye Deborah
      January 22, 2019 / 2:03 pm

      Yes hun, we sure are more than conquerors

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