Does juju make businesses thrive?

It is generally believed that business moguls like Bill Gates have succeed because of innovation and hard work.

BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA

However, within many parts of Africa, business success is instead associated with the use of juju, stealing and little regard for hard work.

The recent mysterious explosion in Chitungwiza, triggered fear in the community after five people died in the blast.

It is believed in some quarters that the explosion was a result of juju that had gone wrong, following reports that the house at Number 4 Ndororo Street, Zengeza 2, sheltered a 24-year-old sangoma, who also died in the blast.

Police said among the dead were four adults, including the traditional healer identified as Speakmore Mandere, a businessman who had come to consult the healer, Clever Kamudzeya, and an unidentified seven-month-old baby.

Reports said the businessman owned a fleet of kombis. Mandere’s aide Tawanda Maruma told journalists that he was outside the house stirring some stuff in a claypot which Mandere used for casting out bad spirits, when disaster struck.

Other reports from the neighbourhood said a white kombi was seen at the sangoma’s place fetching water two days before the day of the explosion.

Whatever the case may be, the incident represents a society which still believes in juju as a solution to a fruitful business venture.
Can Zimbabwean business persons prosper because of charms? Are charms really powerful to an extent of exploding and killing people? Can one really make money out of juju?

Probably these are logical questions that are being applied to a matter that has more to do with belief than scientific proof.
Harare traditional healer Sekuru Musabayana Mavhinga said juju exists and many businesses sprouting in the country are a result of the charms.

“This is not a new story, remember during the ’90s when people called mabhinya (murderers) used to chop off people’s heads for business rituals?

“Charms can be used in any business to lure customers or bring luck, but most of the charms have conditions which result in dangerous endings.”

“There comes the problem after the businessman realises the goblins are troublesome,” he said.

Tales about use of charms in businesses are particularly common among small-scale and informal business such as groceries and market trading.

In business circles, stories are rife that some people use blood and domesticated wild animals such as snakes, lizards and hyenas to help improve their business performance.

The tales say some evil people go to the extent of sacrificing the lives of their wives, children, relatives, friends, siblings and even their parents, to improve their businesses.
“Juju does really exist. Sometimes you tend to wonder when you see a person who was operating a very scanty business suddenly becoming too rich. That is magic.

“Many vendors here visit the n’angas, with some going as far as Malawi to get strong and best charms,” said a Mupedzanhamo market vendor who refused to be named.

Harare sociologist Darlington Nyabiko, however, said there is no evidence that juju works in business.

“People have the right to believe in juju, but they have no right to harm others in its name.”

There is no evidence that juju works in business. Most accusations of such nature are grounded on envy, jealous, crookedness and trickery.

“Whichever way, the fundamental belief is that juju is seen as a practice that people use to harm others more than to help people.
“Secondly, people use it only for self-interest. For instance if one wants to acquire wealth through supernatural powers, he or she will have to sacrifice something or another person to enable the ‘medicine’ to work.

“Some people argue that if African magic really existed, why didn’t we use it to fight slavery and colonialism in the past? So it’s nothing but one’s belief,” he said.

An accomplished businessman Mercy Gomba, proprietor of MG companies, said although she heard since she was a child that some entrepreneurs used charms to become successful, she did not believe in the tales.

“Although enterprises and beliefs are as different and unique as the entrepreneurs who create them, most entrepreneurs appear to work through a process that we can observe and describe,” Gomba said.
She said entrepreneurs often discover this process through trial and error, but advices aspiring entrepreneurs to shorten their learning curve by benefiting from the experiences of others.

Apostle Lloyd Tokwe of God’s Covenant Ministries confirmed the existence of juju, but said it was the work of the devil.
“Juju is there and these are supernatural powers from the devil himself.

“Only the word of God can deliver people from powers of darkness,” he said.

Some wicked men used to sacrifice the souls of their wives and children just to make money. Some used to sacrifice their friends, siblings and even their parents just to make money. These people were killed mostly spiritually and their blood converted into money.
Some people use juju just for protection and sometimes for fame.
Another form of juju is witchcraft which is believed to be the lowest rank in terms of powers.

You could kill your enemies with juju or you could make their lives miserable through it. With juju, you do not attack the person physically hence the law cannot punish you. Although juju may sound strange to some people, it is part of  African culture and traditions.

In other words, Africans cannot just throw away juju.

16 Responses to Does juju make businesses thrive?

  1. Chawasarira January 26, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Avo vanoti hakuna juju ngavambosvika paDRC vaone minana inoitwapo… N’anga dzinoita makwikwi ekurwisana nemushonga pakazara vanhu

    • Muyeranhambo Pimanyika January 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

      When wealth comes by juju, know that there is a high price to pay for it. You may appear to enjoy it for a season but know that you will pay. Sometimes generations after you continue to pay for that juju sin. If you have no peace and your conscience is not clear about how you made your wealth then you are a slave.

      Hard work and perseverance is the way to go. Make a plan, work at it, save up money, buy only what you need, don’t live in luxury.

  2. Kunyeperwa January 26, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Juju does not exist.vanhu vanonyeperana.its lazy people who use juju,cause they dont want to work/think.

  3. dhewa January 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    mashiripiti aya haapfumise munhu sei nganga dzacho dzisingapfume.today` busness is about acumen moving with the times and adjusting accordingly unfortunately if one succeeds its always construed as juju by lazy and uninovative members of the society.

  4. Great Zimbabwe January 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    A controversial topic indeed, but the truth is that in the spiritual realm, there is evil spirit and the holy one. Now juju connects and draws its power from the evil spirit. Individuals whose family members dabble in these things live miserable lives, many have actually perished, prematurely. Their souls were bartered for fortune & fame. Jesus himself drove many demons from many people meaning that evil spirit manifests among us. Juju is not sustainable and bring calamities to families and those who use it. In Zimbabwe we now have a new breed on entrepreneurs who focus on hard work and innovation and have been able to build enterprises, and some of them have become regional or global companies. However, I cannot vouch to say the practice of using juju has stopped given the problems of zvikwambo in communities. Politicians are also known to seek juju to enhance their chances of political success. Zimbabweans should know that anything which is delivered by the evil spirit has disastrous consequences, because Satan has never been a giver, since his first contact with humans. He takes, takes and takes. He is a robber & trickster! Therefore when he gives it’s actually a ploy to take something very big in your life. However, God’s blessings are durable and benefit multitudes. So, lets seek Jesus Christ and shun juju & witchcraft.

    • mukanya January 27, 2013 at 10:04 am #

      amen

  5. WILLARD MUBVUMBI January 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    THOSE WHO SAY THERE IS NO JUJU ARE THE VERY PEOPLE WHO USES JUJU. A n’anga gives you juju to be rich but the end result is crying and gnashing of teeth. People would die every month as a result of someone in the clan/family using juju. Even football clubs here in the country uses juju every yr they complain of not having money. ‘Jujumos’ is a typical club that uses juju.

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  7. mafios mutondwe January 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Newsday please ask saviour kasukuwere and his family , there can help you. Juju surely works. i live next to his family home in chief matopes areas in mt darwin, what i can tell you he has committed incest, ritual killings, 3 kids have dissapeared in the area. chief matope knows this but is scared to take these thugs on. the juju has helped his family accumulate wealth, power and money. the 3 kids who have disaapeared are known. visit chief matope area and ask, you get this information. i was at matope growth point on friday , and the story doing rounds was of a fire seen at the family home, apparently you see, the kasukuwere homestead is often engulfed in fire in broad daylight from time to time, ask anyone in the area. any investigative jornalists @ newsdayor zim in general should visit this area and investigate the strange happenings pamusha pa kasukuwere. a lion is seen walking on the yard sometimes, fires at night, strange juju really. i say yes juju exists and does help some of these pple to succeed. mishonga iriko varume, huya ku dharuweni kuno muzvioonere moga.

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    Whoever believes that there is no juju among mankind is blindfolded. How on earth would one change leaves into money???

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