Some juju men have resorted to aggressive marketing to entice innocent people on social media.
Unlike in the past when people who needed the services of juju men went round to look for them, now they are flying on the wings of technology to send Facebook requests and private messages via people’s emails, WhatsApp and messenger.
The juju men use various names such as Nana Awura, Tutu Gya, Sam Sam, Nana Obaa, Samba, among others, and no matter the number of times one blocks them, they still find their way into one’s inbox or send different requests again.
Interestingly, they supplement their mails and even display pictures (DP) on Facebook with still or video imagery of their shrines or blood-spattered cash, while others have snakes around their necks, perhaps to depict how powerful they are.
Apart from those using social media, there are other juju men who now erect billboards or print on flexi banners and display them along the major roads to attract people.
Areas where countless number of such banners could be spotted include the Atomic Junction, East Legon under the overpass, the Airport Residential Area, Kasoa and along the Spintex Road.
The banners come with inscriptions such as ‘Gonja Powers for all your problems’, ‘Indian Supreme powers’, ‘Larteh Powerful Man’, among others.
According to information provided on the banners, the juju men provide ‘blood money’, as they put it, visas, sure bankers for lotto, secure marriages, blood covenants, children, solve workplace problems, give powers to students to pass their exams, among others.
No problem known to human kind is too big or small for their intervention.
There are some juju men who have recorded videos of their activities and put them on YouTube for people to watch.
Some of the videos currently trending on YouTube are ‘Mallam Jagbo Spiritualist’, ‘Mallam Bahuma Juju interview’, ‘Mallam Legba doing wonders and charming money’ and ‘Togbe Kadinakpo Spirit Money’.
The videos have the contact numbers of the respective juju men boldly written on them for potential clients to see.
Another captivating video on YouTube which is receiving a high rate of views is the ‘Top 10 Juju Men in Ghana’.
According to the video, Kwaku Bonsam is first, followed by Mallam Zack in second place, while in third position is Mallam Baba Fear God.
Coming fourth is Mallam Yaw Nyameke, followed by Mallam Mohammed, Nana Oboanipa, Mallam Odidollar, Indiaman, Nana Agrada and Mallam Gbanigba in that order.
Besides social media, some of the juju men have also taken their services from their shrines to live broadcast of what they are capable of doing on some of the free-on-air television channels.
There are some who boldly advertise that they can help people to be invisible to their debtors, charm money and provide solutions for other spiritual matters.
Even though some of these juju men end up winning over people, there are others who hold the opinion that the juju men are just fraudsters and magicians who are claiming to have spiritual powers.
According to the Cape Breton University communications professor, Dr Felix Odartey-Wellington, “sensational, spiritually-themed electronic messages and imagery can be used to disseminate hostile and intrusive software such as viruses”.
He advises: “Don’t open emails or click in links if you don’t know the source. Treat sensational emails or imagery with suspicion.”