A Witch Doctor and His Client
Qua Iboe is a land of secret societies, and few reach maturity without joining one of the numerous orders controlling the customs, and governing the lives of the natives. Some of the societies have great power, due to the belief that their leading members are on terms of intimacy with evil spirits. Thus an Idiong man is a kind of spiritual medium. He is consulted by people in distress, in debt, or in sickness, from all whom he receives great sums of money for his mediatorial offices.
1912. M’Keown, Robert L. Twenty-Five Years in Qua Iboe: The Story of a Missionary Effort in Nigeria.