Nigerians React As Pretty Nigerian Lady With Tribal Marks Goes Viral (Photos)

The viral photos of a beautiful Nigerian lady who presumably seems to be an indigene of Oyo state has won the heart of  many Nigerians after her cute facial tribal marks was shared on social media space.

The photo which has sparked admirable reactions from on-line users after the photo was first shared on instagram.  See photos below;

Although, even though they are impressed with her beauty despite the tribal marks, some  internet users keep blaming parents of the a young lady for her giving such tribal marks. Read their reactions below.


Some of the reactions from online users who went gaga below;


For many who do not know what tribal marks are,  they originated from the Yoruba tribe. The Yoruba tribal marks are scarifications which are specific identification and beautification marks designed on the face or body of the Yoruba people. The tribal marks are part of the Yoruba culture and are usually inscribed on the body by burning or cutting of the skin during childhood. The primary function of the tribal marks is for identification of a person’s tribe, family or patrilineal heritage.

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Other secondary functions of the marks are symbols of beauty, Yoruba creativity and keeping mischievous children alive (ila Abiku). This practice was popular among Yoruba people of Nigeria, Benin, and Togo. During the trans-Atlantic slave trade, tribal identification and facial stripes became important.  Some repatriated slaves later reunited with their communities by looking at facial stripes. However, the use of tribal marks is fading in Yoruba land.

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There are different types of tribal marks.


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The Pele style is three longitudinal lines, inscribed on the cheeks. Pele have different variants. The variants includes; Pele Ife, a three longitudinal line inscribed on the cheek. It is peculiar to the Ile Ife people.


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Owu tribal marks consist of six incisions on each side of the cheeks and peculiar to the indigenes of Owu, an historical city in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, Nigeria. 


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The Gọmbọ style, also known as Kẹkẹ, consists of multiple straight and curved lines about a half of an inch apart inscribed on the cheeks on both sides of the mouth. Indigenes of Ogbomosho in Oyo State are usually identified by the Gombo or Kẹkẹ style of Yoruba tribal marks.


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Abaja can be both a basic and also a complex style. In its basic form, it is either three or four horizontal stripes on the cheeks. The Abaja style also consists of twelve horizontal lines, six lines per cheek. It is often referred to as “Abaja Alaafin Mefa Mefa”. 

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