Health and Welfare

Abstract Explored by this submission is the concept of dibia or healer and the representations of dibia, including the nuances of dibia and why being a dibia is a culturally endorsed professional role. Drawing from fieldwork and research, the paper shows the dynamics of cultural construction of fields of healing occupational practices in Igbo of Nigeria. It argues for why indigenous medical practitioners in Nigeria need to be taken seriously in modern ways of training healers in university settings and moreso in the context of promoting integral health care for development at all levels. The key focus is on how…