Cultural Practices

Nuba Wrestling: A Look into Sudan’s Nuba People and their Traditional Wrestling Culture

The Nuba people have been wrestling for centuries and like other forms of Wrestling in Africa, the purpose of Nuba wrestling is to build group identity and display the prowess of the group's young men. The Nuba peoples are various...

Bizarre: The Ghanaian Village Where Childbirth Is Prohibited

None of the about 5000 inhabitants of Mafi Dove, a village in southern Ghana, was born there. The village is considered to be a holy land and consequently has a myriad of customs and traditions that have been upheld...

Papua New Guinea: Sambian Boys Initiation Involves Drinking Men’s Semen

The Sambian people of Papua New Guinea practice one of the most bizarre cultures known to westernisation. A cultural anthropologist, Gilbert Herdt, has described their ritual act of initiation as “ritualised homosexuality.” The Sambia people are a tribe of mountain-dwelling,...

Culture: Twenty-one Boys Die in South Africa While Undergoing Circumcision

At least 21 boys have died in South Africa while undergoing circumcision in the bi-annual ceremony which began in November, authorities have said. Twice every year, A fairly large number of Xhosa boys go through a coming of age ritual...

Like Properties, Widows are Inherited in Some Parts of Zambia

Widow inheritance is a custom commonly practiced in Africa. In this custom, a man inherits the property and wife of his deceased brother or relative. The custom is practiced in order to ensure that a widow and her children...

5 Valuable African Traditions Now on the Brink of Extinction

Valuable African Traditions Now on the Brink of Extinction Popular African traditions are slowly being replaced with strange western cultures. Although Africa often appears disadvantaged in many aspects, it is king when it comes to preservation of cultures. In fact,...

Senegal May Soon Legalise Witchcraft to Ease Burden on State Hospitals

Witchcraft may soon be legalized as traditional medicine in Senegal, a move that is expected to ease the burden on already overcrowded hospitals, news site Aljazeera reports. Traditional practices which tie into spiritual beliefs have been a part of African...

Ijele Masquerade: Facts About The Biggest Masquerade in Africa

Here are some facts you may not know about Africa biggest masquerade, ijele masquerade. 1. Ijele Masquerade aka King of all Masquerades is the biggest Masquerade in Africa, it can be found in Anambra and Enugu State, Nigeria. It is so...

Asmat: The Tribe In New Guinea Where Cannibalism Used To Be A Thing.

Located in the New Guinea in the Papua province of Indonesia lies the Asmat people. Although the meaning of Asmat is often disputed with some claiming it means man from tree while her neighbours, the Mimika, say the name...

Culture: Breast Ironing, The Unnatural African Practice Reserved For Girls

Breast ironing, a traditional practice commonly done in Cameroon, is the use of hard or heated objects like a wooden pestle or scalding grinding stones to stop or slow the development of breasts in young girls. According to Wikipedia, breast...

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African Tribe: The Daasanach People of Eastern Africa

The Daasanach are a semi-nomadic tribe numbering approximately 50,000 whose clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. The Daasanach...

Mali Swears In Bah Ndaw As New Civilian Leader

Mali's new president Bah Ndaw has been sworn into office, five weeks after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. Former Defence Minister Bah Ndaw, 70,...

Troublesome South African Baboon Evicted For Organizing Gang To Raid Homes

Kataza is an urban baboon who was captured and put in a local prison for organizing a band of baboons to join him in raiding 15 homes in Kommetjie, on Cape Town's southern peninsula in South Africa.

A Leading University In China Now Teaches Ethiopia’s Amharic Language As A Full Course

A leading university in China — Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) — has started to offer Ethiopia's widely spoken Amharic language as a full...

TIME 100: Tony Elumelu, Three Other Nigerians Makes Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People Of 2020

Tony Elumelu, is among four Nigerians named by the Time Magazine International in their 2020 list of 100 most influential people in the world...