Africa is home to over 1000 different tribes and rich cultures with practices that are both amazing as well as scary, while others are just plain bizarre, like the ones below.
Here are 7 Most Bizarre African Cultural Practice Still In Existence
1. Female Genital Mutilation
Female Genital Mutilation also knowns as Femal Circumcision is the practice of cutting all or part of the external genitalia of a female. This practice occurs at various age in different cultures with some occurring during early childhood while others occurring during puberty or after the female starts having her menses while other cultures practice in during delivery of the first child of the victim.
Although the practice is still common in Africa, the rate has seen a “huge and significant decline” over nearly three decades, according to a new study.
2. Puberty Rites
Puberty rites otherwise called the rite of passage of a boy into manhood, or a girl into womanhood is an integral part of some African cultures and often a period of terror and suffering for the youth. Among the Kuria tribe of Kenya and the Dipo tribe of Ghana,this involves female circumcision while the boys are sometimes circumcised and put through a host of events including starvation and whipping in admission to adulthood.
3. Killing of Deformed Children
In some parts of sub-Saharan Africa, deformed children are seen as ‘evil spirits’ and so the community only deems it fit to kill the evil child and purify the mother with the blood of the infant.
4. Human Sacrifices
This barbaric practice is one ancient practuce that has refused to die, till today human sacrifices still occurs after the death of a traditional ruler and involves the use of human sacrifices to appease the deities of the land. Also in east Africa, As a result of the belief that certain body parts of albinistic people can transmit magical powers, people with albinism have been persecuted, killed and dismembered, and graves of albinos dug up and desecrated for sacrifices..
5. Killing of Twins
Since Mary Slessor stopped the practice of infanticide of twins among the Ibibio people in Nigeria in the 19th century, numerous individuals and groups have followed suit with nationwide campaigns on the rights of twins to life. But in a certain Abuja Village Newborn twins Are still killed ‘Because They Are Evil’.
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6. Virginity Testing
Virginity testing is a common practice in South Africa and in many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s conducted to determine whether or not a woman or a girl has had vaginal intercourse. The funny thing about this cultural practice is that some women cherish it and don’t want it to be banned.. You can read more about this below
7. Child Marriage
Child marriage is a truly global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities. Child brides can be found in every region in the world, from the Middle East to Latin America, South Asia to Europe, but in Africa, it is highest.
In Africa, Approximately 39% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa are married before the age of 18. Country with the highest child marriage prevalence in Africa is Niger (76%) or while the lowest Algeria (3%). Child marriage is widespread in West and Central Africa (42%) as well as Eastern and Southern Africa (36%).
8. Widow Inheritance
Widow inheritance as a custom was commonly practiced in Africa during the days of our forefathers. In this custom, a man inherits the property and wife of his deceased brother or relative. The custom which was practiced then in order to ensure that a widow and her children are taken care of after the death of her husband is still been practiced today (21st century) in some parts of Africa, especially among the Bemba, the Nsenga and the Lenje tribes in Zambia.