The king of Swaziland Mswati III, chooses a wife every year at Reed Dance
Africa is a vast continent filled with varieties of customs, traditions, cultures and languages. Some of these outdated traditions and customs are seen as senseless, useless, valueless, illiteracy and complete ignorance.
Female Circumcision: It is estimated that about 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with disastrous effects of female circumcision. Horrific procedures have severely traumatized and psychologically affected thousands of women. Female circumcision is practiced in 26 countries across Africa.
In the Republic of Sierra Leone, an ethnic group called “The Bondo Society” still carries this outdated tradition. Gambia launched a three year program aimed to abolishing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Female circumcision is the number one on my list as illiteracy taken as traditional or custom.
Horrible tribal marks in Nigeria: In the olden days, tribal marks were used as identification, especially in Yoruba lands, such as Ogun, Oyo, Ondo states and Benin. Should in case something happens to you, your tribal marks would help to indentify the tribe you originate or where you come from. The illiteracy behind this barbarous act has disfigured the face of thousands Nigerians.
Some of the marks are so horrible that they attract people and gossip. Some women have to live with it for the rest of their lives without husbands. Time changes as we step into the world of technology and development. Disfiguring of the face as tribal marks is gradually fading away or completely stopped in many places thought out the country.