Yesterday being Saturday, June 8, 2019 lightening struck a guy in my village and as usual everyone is blaming voodoo and enemies. I am making this article bc 4 people contacted me from the village and wanted to know why it happened. These people know that I’m not in Nigeria but they usually contact me in situations like this bc they trust my judgement. I told them I was driving but they should watch out for my next post today so here you go.
First of all, thunderstorms and lightening are natural occurrences, it has nothing to do with juju, witches, enemies or village people. Our problem is that we neither read nor research and we are too superstitious.
Brothers and sisters, each year lightning kills over 24,000 people around the world and 90% of people struck by lightning live to tell the tale.
SO WHAT IS LIGHTENING?
A lightning strike or lightning bolt is an electric discharge between the atmosphere and an object. They mostly originate in a cumulonimbus cloud and terminate on the ground, called cloud to ground (CG) lightning. A less common type of strike, called ground to cloud (GC), is upward propagating lightning initiated from a tall grounded object and reaches into the clouds.
SO HOW DOES LIGHTENING OCCUR?
Lightning occurs when the hot ground heats the air above. As the warm air rises, water vapours cool and clouds form. As the air continues to rise, the vapour in the top of the clouds turns into ice.
These ice particles bump into each other, building up an electrical charge. Eventually, lighter, positively-charged particles gather at the top of the cloud and heavier, negatively-charged particles at the bottom. When the charges grow large enough, they create a spark, a flash of electricity we call lightning.
ARE YOU AT RISK?
According to the British Medical Journal, we are all at risk but the chance of being hit by lightning in your lifetime is about 1 in 10 million.
MOST AFFECTED AREAS
North America is much more prone to lightning strikes than Europe, and certainly the UK. The UK suffers significantly less lightning strikes than much of continental Europe. No more than three people on average are killed each year by lightning strike in the UK.
In South America, the hottest spots are in the north of Colombia, followed by Paraguay and northern Argentina, the interior of Brazil and the mountainous areas of Peru and Bolivia. Patagonia, at the bottom of the continent, is virtually lightning-free.
A peculiar dichotomy in Africa: the Democratic Republic of Congo is its a massive lightning hot spot, while the hot, dry Sahara in the north is a ‘not spot’.
SO WHICH COUNTRY GETS THE MOST LIGHTENING
NASA has been recording just about every lightning strike for much of the past 20 years, and it has produced a map to show where this phenomenon is most common. It turns out that the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Lake Maracaibo in northwestern Venezuela have the most lightning. In the USA, Florida is the lightning capital of the U.S.
SHOULD YOU SHOWER OR BATHE DURING A THUNDERSTORM?
The National Weather Service urges the public to avoid hopping in the shower during a lightning storm in the event that a bolt strikes one of your home’s water pipes and electrifies your bathroom. Just as the National Weather Service warns, it’s safe to shower only once thunderstorms have passed you by.
HOW TO AVOID BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTENING
1. It’s safer to be indoors than outside.
2. Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
3. Stay off corded phones or what we call landlines.
4. Stay away from computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
5. Never use your phone to make a call if the phone is being charged.
6. Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets. 7. Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches or what we call sit out.
MY CANDID ADVICE
Your enemies or voodoo priests cannot spiritually send thunder to kill you, its impossible and you can only hear such senseless talk in Africa. If enemies can spiritually send thunder to kill us as we claim I can assure you that millions of Nigerians will die daily bc of so much hate, envy and jealousy.
All these juju and voodoo talk is for uninformed people, I’m a REALIST. If herbalists and voodoo priests are so powerful as una claim then their children will be the richest, most educated and most powerful people in Nigeria. We dont read, we r too superstitious and we have been conditioned to belive all the bullshit our ancestors believed. It took hundreds of years for our fore fathers to stop killing TWINS, coz they used to see twins as evil children. Same thing with sickle cell disease, our forefathers believed it to be the handwork of witches or enemies.
Everyone of us have different gifts. One of my numerous gifts is to use my blog and social media to educate and enlighten people FREE OF CHARGE. When I make post like these some ignorant people will invade my inbox to curse and insult me but I will not stop doing the right thing. Thanks for reading