Popular facial scars of children banned in Nigeria

  • Nduka Orjinmo
  • BBC News from Abuja (Nigeria).

A woman with facial scars

deposited, BBC/ Nduka Orjinmo

Facial scarifications had been as soon as widespread in Nigeria.

Deep cuts, normally on each cheeks or brow, had been made on children by households and communities, primarily as a mark of identification. Scars additionally advised tales of ache, rebirth and sweetness.

But the apply was deserted in 2003 after a federal regulation outlawed all varieties of youngster mutilation. As a outcome, individuals with facial scars are the newest era of scarred individuals immediately — and their facial stripes are as various as the various ethnic teams in Nigeria.

deposited, BBC/ Nduka Orjinmo

The 15 cuts on Enolaji Akeem’s face determine him as being from Owu State in Ogun State (Southwestern Nigeria). Akeem is royal, that is why he has lengthy stripes on his face.

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