But when these wars ceased, the act of marking the face did not stop, because people then realised that besides the initial purpose for tribal marks, it also beautified the face. As she grew up, she also added more tattoos on her neck and arms. Such children, beside the tribal mark are given nasty names to prevent them from dying or going back to the underworld. Though many do not know this, the practice of tribal marks are illegal but those who practice it love it and do not bother about the implication. Mere looking at me, people wonder at me. I no longer go but one of my children still goes till date. Even as civilisation took over and many of us moved into urban areas, we still carried on the tradition of facial markings.
Tribal Marks – the ‘African tattoo’
Every first son in our family must have a tribal mark. Individuals and friends make jest of those who wear them. To enable commenting and other interactive features, please switch to the more advanced. Adejuwon Samuel was the only one in his class with facial marks. Sometimes, a person gets a near death experience and in order to save such a child, a herbalist may mark him or her and usually such markings are short ones on the right cheek and it is filled with medicine to save the child.
Tribal Marks – the 'African tattoo' - This Is Africa
Soldier, feminist and passionate humanitarian: Nigeria is a country with diverse peoples and cultures and also lovely traditions, but above all, it is a country where some people still give their children tribal marks and say it is beautiful to do so. According to her, "I don't believe that most girls with tattoos are all out to woo men. Regular use will help balance your complexion and your skin's own oil producing capabilities to help reduce the occurrence of breakouts. I lived in London and had my children over there.
Some are treated as second class citizens and certain things are deprived them. Can you defend this sir? Pele Ife, a three longitudinal line inscribed on the cheek. Share on Pinterest Share. Each ingredient has been chosen for its ability to reduce wrinkles and skin aging, so you can enjoy the younger looking and healthy skin you have always wanted. Melaye said the era where facial marks were needed for identification with certain affiliations were long gone, as the popularity and acceptance of the practice continued to wane. Farida Dawkins is a blogger, video content creator and staff writer at Face2Face Africa.