In this two-part series, we will be talking about 10 traditions that need to be chased out of Africa. Some of these cultural practices were the building blocks of our tribes and they are proof of how much we have evolved because these are practices of our ancestors. The truth is most of these practices have outlived their purposes and they can’t be molded into our modern world, so the best thing is to keep them in our memory instead of still practicing them in 2020.
We interviewed 10 different persons and they told us about some crazy cultural practices. These are the first 5.
1: Karabelo 19, Lesotho: Twins Ritual
“ So my dad was/is a twin…when his twin brother died he had to basically act dead.. culturally twins are one person I know funny right, so when his brother(twin) died, he(my dad) had to be put in a coffin grave before his dead brother.
So my dad experienced “death” before he died 🤣🤣🤣 …
So here is the catch…my dad and his brother could have prevented this but they refused and said “what God has created cannot be separated”.
They could have prevented by making a cultural ceremony of separating twin…it’s done by slaughtering a cow…but before slaughtering the cow has to walk between them, a sign of separation 🧍🏿🐮🧍🏿…🤷🏿♀️🤷🏿♀️ so yeah🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣my dad kinda deserved it🤣🤣🤣”
2: Uloma 22, Nigeria: Embidi Sacred Passage Into Womanhood
“ In my village once a girl gets to puberty she is expected to walk down to a river while wearing just beads to cover her pubic region, the purpose of this rite is to free her from the gods. Yeah, it might sound crazy… The thing is my people believe that the gods are in girls, so the only right way a girl can be sexually active is after she has been freed from these gods, by doing the long walk to the river. If a girl becomes sexually active before she has done the rite, she is banished from the village cause it’s taboo for a girl to have sex when the gods are still in her. The funny part is if she married as a virgin, she doesn’t have to do the ritual cause her husband paid the bride price, it’s like they settle gods from the bride price paid for a virgin. Might sound confusing but this is the reality for most girls in Embidi Imo state. The boys are free to have sex without going through any traditional rite but girls can’t. It obviously can be traced to purity culture”
3: Preye 29, Nigeria : Ijaw Burial Rites
“A husband can’t attend his wife’s burial and vice versa, it’s sad cause people should be allowed to bid their loved one farewell, my friend’s mum wasn’t told where her husband was buried. The spouse sits at home with some elders while the burial is going on. According to tradition it’s done that way cause the deceased spouse’ family members accuses the other living spouse of foul play, blaming the death on the living spouse family member. There is always much tension between the two family members, so it’s best for the living spouse not to attend the burial”
4: Lerato 29, South Africa: Xhosa Traditional Circumcision
“We call it Uwaluko, it serves to transform boys into men, in Xhosa culture a man who hasn’t gone through this phase is regarded as a boy and he wouldn’t be allowed to partake in any tribal meeting or key festivals. The boys who are called the initiates are taken into the bush for 4 weeks to live in a hut where they are looked after by a supervisor, then a traditional surgeon circumcises them in an environment that is not sterile which leads to infections and even death in some cases. The boys are prevented from eating some certain dishes during that period including meat, after Uwaluko there is a visible change in the Initiates appearance, most start to dress formal and their old possessions including the hut they stayed in during the initiation are burnt down, it kinda signifies that they’re a new being”
5: IBILEYE 18, NIGERIA : Yoruba Respect Tradition
“Yoruba culture is very beautiful but my people have sworn a blood oath relationship with “respect”, in most Yoruba culture an elderly person is never wrong, so when an older person does something wrong, and a family meeting is called, the younger person is made to apologies to the older person for reacting annoyingly when the older person wronged him. He is made to prostrate and apologies for reacting angrily. In Yoruba culture it is disrespectful to ask an older person “Bawo ni Sir?”(“How are you doing Sir?”) and you don’t call an older person by his name without adding a suffix like Aunty or Uncle on no occasion, even when you meet the person’s mother you refer to the person’s mother as Mommy Uncle Lekan”