Just like foreigners use tattoos, piercings, so are people from the Northern part of Africa addicted to temporal markings popularly known as “Lele”.
In West Africa, one peculiar thing that is common among the people are tribal marks, which other tribes find appalling but those who engage in it love it though not in all cases.
Tribal marks are very common among the people of the North but those from the South do have tribal marks too but they are gradually fading out of the system because parents see it as a form of deformation. Though same is happening in some tribes from the North, it is not wiping out quickly as it does with the people of the South.
But in case you didn’t know, tribal marks are against the law in this country. In 1989, the head of the government of Ghana, President Rawlings, issued a formal declaration against FGM/FGC and other harmful traditional practices.
In 1994, Parliament amended the Criminal Code of 1960 to include the offense of FGM/FGC. This act inserted section 69A.
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 and have a lot reasons and meanings behind the act.
So what are some of the reasons and meanings behind the tribal marks we have in the country.
Without further ado, here are the reasons and meanings behind the tribal marks in Ghana. Click “Continue Reading” to see them with Photos