In our continuous commitment to understanding and addressing the social challenges that affect our youth and communities, The Harbinger had the privilege of conducting an insightful interview with Dr. Jude Afolabi, a seasoned psychologist specializing in youth behavior and development. The purpose of this interview is to explore the potential impacts of cultism on students involved in such groups. Dr. Afolabi, with his wealth of expertise, provides valuable insights into the psychological and societal consequences of cultism among students. 

The Harbinger: Dr. Afolabi, thank you for joining us today. To begin, could you provide an overview of the issue at hand: cultism among students and its potential impacts?

Dr. Jude Afolabi: Thank you for having me. Cultism among students is a deeply concerning issue. These groups, often characterized by secrecy, intimidation, and initiation rituals, can have profound effects on the students involved. The potential impacts include psychological trauma, academic decline, and long-term social consequences.

The Harbinger: It’s indeed a complex issue. What are some of the key factors that drive students to become involved in cults?

Dr. Jude Afolabi: Several factors can influence a student’s decision to join a cult, such as peer pressure, a desire for a sense of belonging, protection from perceived threats, and even the allure of power and status. In some cases, socioeconomic disparities and a lack of opportunities can make students vulnerable to recruitment.

The Harbinger: Given these potential consequences, what strategies or interventions can be employed to prevent and address cultism among students?

Dr. Jude Afolabi: Prevention is crucial. Educational institutions can implement awareness campaigns, counseling services, and peer mentoring programs to dissuade students from joining cults. Additionally, robust security measures and strict enforcement of anti-cultism laws can deter the formation and activities of these groups. Rehabilitation and reintegration programs for students who have already been involved in cults are also essential.

The Harbinger: Are there lessons or best practices from other regions or countries that Nigeria can consider in addressing this issue?

Dr. Jude Afolabi: There are indeed lessons to be learned from other countries. For example, in the United States, initiatives like anti-bullying programs and character education have been successful in fostering a positive school environment and reducing violence. Nigeria can adapt and implement similar approaches, tailored to its unique context.

The Harbinger: We appreciate your invaluable insights, Dr. Afolabi, on this pressing issue. Your expertise highlights the urgency of addressing cultism among students to ensure their well-being and academic success.

Dr. Jude Afolabi: It’s been a pleasure to discuss this important matter. Cultism among students is a multifaceted issue that requires the collective efforts of educational institutions, families, and the wider community to tackle effectively.



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