Toke Makinwa Criticizes the Practice of Tribal Marks

Media Personality Calls for Consent in Cultural Practices

TV presenter Toke Makinwa has spoken out strongly against the traditional custom of using tribal marks for identification, a practice once common among certain ethnic groups.

In a series of posts on her Twitter (X) account, Makinwa argued that performing such acts without the children’s consent is a form of cruelty. Her reflections were sparked by meeting an influencer who had tribal marks, leading her to critique the long-standing tradition.

While Makinwa admires the beauty of people with tribal marks, she expressed relief that the practice has been abolished. She shared that her own grandmother had tribal marks, which further fueled her disapproval of the custom due to the lack of consent involved.

“Today I saw a beautiful influencer with tribal marks and it made me think about the cruelty that culture brought upon us. Marking a child without his/her consent as a means of identification is evil,” Makinwa wrote. “I know our parents didn’t know any better, but damnnnn!!!! Thank God it’s abolished now.”

She continued, “My grandma had tribal marks too. Some on her face and her arms. I wonder what life was like when she was younger, walking around with it, though I’m sure a lot of people around her had the same. But thank God it’s canceled now.”

Makinwa emphasized that her criticism is not about the beauty of the tribal marks but the lack of consent. “It’s not the beauty or lack of, but the lack of consent. But yeah, I’ve seen a couple of beautiful people with tribal marks.”

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