The pregnancy superstitions of Nollywood actress

Osas Ighodaro belief in the supernatural is nothing out of the ordinary in a country like ours.

Osas Ighodaro shows off baby bump at Miss Nigeria USA pageant

The reason for Osas’ beliefs is not far fetched. According to the actress, her sister passed away during childbirth. “It is a very sensitive period for us especially with my older sister passing away from malaria when she was with child. My mum is really protective and she is on board with my keeping this pregnancy a secret.

“Losing a child is not easy on any parent so I understand why she is being protective. She even shared with me some Benin superstitions like putting a pin on my clothes to ward off evil and never telling anyone how far gone I am in my pregnancy and I am following her instructions to the letter. We know the culture we are in. Let’s be real, there are bad belle people out there so to protect this blessing we are going to enjoy this moment privately” she further said.

From her words you can understand why Osas is being safe rather than sorry. Before her interview with Genevieve Magazine came out I did not even know that putting a pin on your clothes while you are pregnant is some kind of ritual. The only superstition that I am aware of  is that pregnant women should not go out during the day so as not to attract demons. After Gbenro and Osas announced they were expecting I noticed that she had been low key and not made too many public appearances.

I believe in the supernatural and in good and evil forces but my mind hasn’t really gone to that extent of thinking about the bad things that can happen spiritually to a pregnant woman.

The intriguing thing is that Osas’ case is a good reflection of the kind of thinking we have when it comes to these matters. Educated or uneducated, privileged or underprivileged, we all believe in some sort of superstition.

Is Osas right to think this way? No one can say. These things are personal and Osas believes that she should be careful. A lot of Nigerians think like this also. It’s the Nigerian way, she is probably the first Nigerian actress to talk about it.


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