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Tribal Marks: No Thanks!

I understand tribal marks are dying out in Nigeria, I hope they do die out and never come back. All I need to do is remember when my face was being brutalised by that razor blade and I have no issues saying, so long to facial tribal marks. I mean, what’s with the shark drawn lines and years later, you are looking for make-up to help you cover it up. No, they can keep it. My identity is not tied to some marks on my face neither is my protection. I know some are done in the form of tattoos on other parts of the body as a sign of identifying with your tribe…well, good for you if you like it. As for me, no more. I am done with anyone chanting crap and spitting over my head and on my face because he is keeping to tradition. Bye, bye to tribal marks.


7 Responses to “Tribal Marks: No Thanks!”

  1. thanks for sharing this clip, was interesting – it’s an old tradition that needs to be buried where many old traditions should be buried – in books and documents.
    aesthetically speaking, I do sometimes think they look nice. But then it’s perhaps easier to say that if you don’t have them yourself

  2. Belinda Otas says:

    lol @ thinking they look nice. I think that way sometimes too, especially when you see it on a bride dressed in traditional attire and everything comes together, and she looks regal. However, that scene out of my head, its the pain I find horrible. I still remember how much the ones I had as a little girl hurt! In fact, my aunt did them twice…thank heavens, they are not so obvious anymore

  3. Myne Whitman says:

    Interesting clip, I think tribal marks have their place but should be made voluntary for adults.

  4. Deborah says:

    I find tribal marks a very horrific thing to do to kids (it is child abuse). I agree with Myne, it should be made voluntarily only for adults, then they can also choose how and were they want it done and not getting their face chopped up.

  5. Belinda Otas says:

    Trust me Deborah, that thing hurts, be you a child or an adult, the last set of ‘whiskas’ that hit my face was when I was 15 and girl, I danced!

  6. Ogochukwu says:

    Tribal marks….Ha!

    Its just a painful and somewhat unnecessary act. MAybe at the time it was started, they had genuine reasons for it but now we know better na…these things…hmmmm….

    Hey Belinda…How you be? 🙂

  7. Belinda Otas says:

    Hey Ogo, how are you? I am good and trust you are great! I thought you didn’t love me anymore as I no see your break-light. Good to hear from you lady. have a great week. xxx

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