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Saturday, June 27, 2015

TRIBAL MARKS

see the 2 tribal marks? {20yrs}
Tribal marks are cuts inserted on an individual's face to easily identify the tribe he or she comes from. It is a very common practice in Nigeria. I was told it was because of war, that tribes and parents 'design' the face of their children in case they get lost and to avoid being killed mistakenly. I was also told, it was done to wave away evil from a very sick child, and some represents covenant with the deities of the village before the acceptance of Christianity. Some tribal marks are so 'loud' that it disfigures the face! One day, I saw a  fair beautiful lady, with three long wide vertical marks on both cheeks! I immediately knew the tribe she was from! But at what price? While some are barely visible until you take a closer look ... like mine.


Look at the cheeks{today}


I have tribal marks, common to my people from Edo state. It is just 2 small straight lines on both cheeks. Times have changed and many don't enforce such practice on their children anymore, but, few still do! In this day and clime, it is a crime against mankind for any parent to inflict such on their children!!! This is a culture that need to be expunged out because it adds no value to the person, rather, it makes the person to be so self conscious, which might affect his/ her confidence or self esteem, especially for the females, because we live in a society, where ladies are judged by their appearance first, before their intelligence! 


Infact! It was a topic of discussion with my guests today, and this post was already in my draft yesterday! My guest was not happy when he saw tribal marks on a 10 year old boy here! He pondered why should a parent do so, in this civilized era? We have a casual friend who has 2 long and wide parallel tribal marks from under his eyes to his lips. He is not happy with what his parents did to him, because, it can be mistaken for knife scars to foreigners and that is a negative identity for a black man!


I am proud of my tribe, but like I said in this culture post, some practices are bad! Let us rather improve on the positive ones. Which reminds me; What are the positive cultures in Nigeria and your tribe which you can share with us? 

Thank you for reading.


24 comments:

NaijaScorpio said...

I like your new look with the short hair. Suits you. I'm glad that practice is dying out.

Nitty-Gritty said...

Thank you Scorpio... I was 20 years old then .. Ahahhaha... The marks were much visible then than now when I am in my 40's. How are you doing sis? Once more, Congratulations Doctor Sting :D

Nitty-Gritty said...

*more* visible

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@ilola said...

Who on earth is still putting tribal marks on the face of kids today? Na wa o. Anyway, I can't see yours in both pictures. I'm guessing they are not so visible.

Have you visited my Hair Clinic?

Toinlicious said...

Yours is not noticeable though

Nitty-Gritty said...

It baffles me o!

Nitty-Gritty said...

Toin and Atilola, it is visible when you see me face to face. Before it was darker when I was a in primary school, over the years, it faded.

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blogoratti said...

Unfortunately, this is still practised in many regions in Africa. Have a nice week!

sykik said...

You look so innocent in your 20's and I love your new look. I can see pink lips sef.

Tribal marks are a big NO and thank God the culture is fading away. Imagine inflicting marks that can't be erased. I haven't heard or seen anyone who admires tribal marks

Okeoghene said...

What happened to my comment na? Anyway hope you guys are doing good and enjoying the summer

Nitty Gritty said...

Wishing you the same Blogoratti.

Nitty Gritty said...

ahahha @ pink lips, my daughter did that for me with her lip gloss. So true, nobody admires it! How are you doing and our baby nko?

Nitty Gritty said...

Blogger don cease ya comment be dat o! ahaha. Doing fine. Enjoy yours also.

J Ausserehl said...

20? You look 13 in that photo! You are def going to age gracefully! Don't know anything about cultural practices of my village but I do wish the female circumcision(goodness, it took me a while to get the spelling right)(hope it is!) Would stop. I mean yes a law has been passed but we know that for laws like that to take effect, the ppl have to be willing to stop it. Another culture I don't like is wedding/burial demand lists. That crap is broad day light thievery and has got to stop. Or the rules a woman has to obey to peacefully mourn her partner. It's sickening and as I said, ppl need to stop it. Except the fear of juju. Lmao. True story: my mum says the village would swear for her and make juju to capture her if she doesn't do something or the other!

Nitty Gritty said...

Thank you for the compliments J.
FGM, is so the ISH! What were our ancestors thinking?????
Really broad day light robbery! As if dead body no wetin dey happen!
Thanks for sharing.

Nitty Gritty said...

Thank you for the compliments J.
FGM, is so the ISH! What were our ancestors thinking?????
Really broad day light robbery! As if dead body no wetin dey happen!
Thanks for sharing.

Oyinlola Sobowale said...

You'll always know folks from Edo when you see them likewise Kwara. I hope the practice stops completely. I have some marks on my face(don't know if to refer to them as tribal or not). 3 straight, not-so-long marks line that on my chin. My dad said they put the marks to reduce pains when I was teething...REDUCE pain??? Do people inflict pain to reduce pain?

Nitty-Gritty said...

Good question Oyinlola! Welcome to my page and thank you for commenting. Yea o! Apart from the marks, you can know us from our features.

Good Naija Girl said...

As I mentioned before, you've got lovely teeth, Nitty, and you look great! You make a good point about how tribal marks may be perceived by non-Nigerians or non-Africans and the negative impression it may give someone—I hadn't thought of that.

Nitty-Gritty said...

Aww, thank you for the compliments Jummy. #blushing#. Yes..esp the the ones that don't look like words written in shorthand!

Nitty-Gritty said...

Aww, thank you for the compliments Jummy. #blushing#. Yes..esp the the ones that don't look like words written in shorthand!

Nitty-Gritty said...

Aww, thank you for the compliments Jummy. #blushing#. Yes..esp the the ones that don't look like words written in shorthand!