8 Weird African Cultural Practice That are Still In Existence Today

Must Read

Cameroon’s Italia 90 World Cup Team to Get Houses Promised To Them 30 Years Ago

Cameroon's famous side that reached the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy before being defeated 3–2 by...

Misery Index: South Africa Has The Third Most ‘Miserable Economy’ In The World

South Africa has been ranked as the world's most miserable economy after Venezuela and Argentina. Bloomberg's Misery Index, which ranks...

Fighting Slavery With Suicide: The Fascinating Story of Africa’s Kru People

The Kru or Kroo are a West African ethnic group who are indigenous to eastern Liberia. During the Slave trade era, they were also infamous amongst early European slave raiders as being especially averse to capture



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

7 Most Bizarre African Cultural Practice Skill 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..

Related:   Sex Tourism in Kenya — NGO's Calls for Help in Fight Against Rising Sexual Abuse by Foreigners

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’.
You can read more about this here

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

South African Virgins Protest Over UN Call to Ban Virginity Testing

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.

Related:   Celebrating Ben Enwonwu's 103rd Posthumous Birthday With Some of His Notable Works

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.



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to receive email updates

With a subscription profile, you automatically receive updates without having to return to the website and check for changes

Just In

Cameroon’s Italia 90 World Cup Team to Get Houses Promised To Them 30 Years Ago

Cameroon's famous side that reached the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy before being defeated 3–2 by...

Misery Index: South Africa Has The Third Most ‘Miserable Economy’ In The World

South Africa has been ranked as the world's most miserable economy after Venezuela and Argentina. Bloomberg's Misery Index, which ranks major economies by inflation and...

Fighting Slavery With Suicide: The Fascinating Story of Africa’s Kru People

The Kru or Kroo are a West African ethnic group who are indigenous to eastern Liberia. During the Slave trade era, they were also infamous amongst early European slave raiders as being especially averse to capture

The Mbuti People Of Congo And Their Sister Exchange Form Of Marriage

In the Mbuti tribe, marriage is by sister exchange: Based on reciprocal exchange, men from other bands exchange sisters or other females in his...

Slavery Abolition Act 1833: Slavery Was Abolished Throughout The British Empire On This Day

The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 that abolished slavery in most British colonies, freeing more than 800,000 enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and South Africa and making the purchase or ownership of slaves illegal

More Articles Like This