I was bewitched to choose Nigeria over Germany – Leon Balogun


The 29 year old German Born Nigerian defender Leon Balogun, who was raised in Germany to a Nigerian father and a German mother, has opened up on his encounter with a witch.

Balogun grew up in Germany with little knowledge of his home country and has now opened up on how he made the journey to reconnect with Nigeria by telling the story of how his sister took him to see a witch.

“This woman saw my nervousness and told me I had to heal my soul, my heart before I could become the player I wanted to be.


“After we left, I didn’t completely understand if my experience with her was successful. The most important thing that came out of that day was that it got me thinking about my grandma. When I got home, my mind went straight back to the day my dad told me the news.

“Because I had never met her, my dad didn’t tell me right when it happened. He actually waited a few days that’s how distant my relationship was from her. She only spoke Yoruba. So when we talked on the phone when I was little, my dad would try to translate for us. He had never taken me to Nigeria, for reasons he didn’t make clear to me, and I only ever saw photos of my grandma.” He added.

While revealing that the grief he felt over the death of his paternal grandmother led him to know more and reconnect with his Nigerian roots, he noted that the reconnection was complete when in 2014 he received a call from the Super Eagles boss Stephen Keshi which turned out to be an invitation to the national team.

“Even after I overcame some of the injury issues I had as a teenager and began playing regular minutes in the 2. Bundesliga and Bundesliga, that thing the part of my soul that I had been told to heal all those years ago was still missing from my life,” the defender further wrote in the piece.