Perched on a throne adorned with cattle horns, the voodoo priest warns the housewife knelt in front of him of the deadly consequences of defying his powers.
‘If you cheat on your husband, you will suffer for it, both you and the man you cheat with,’ he says, wagging a gnarled finger. ‘Defy the shrine and it will come and kill you.’
Just in case she has any doubts, High Priest Godspower Ojoduma shows her an photo album full of corpses, their limbs twisted and stomachs grotesquely bloated.
‘You see them?’ he says. ‘That one was a witch, that one a thief, that one a liar. All sinners. All dead.’
This bloodthirsty ceremony, witnessed by MailOnline, is an oath-taking ritual for the ancient slave god Ayelala, one of the most feared of all Nigeria’s voodoo or ‘ju-ju’ deities.