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How the tribe of a person in Nigeria before the advent of civilization and western culture was once identified

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Nigeria is a country located in West Africa. It comprises of 36 states with over 300 tribes within the country, hence it is multi-tribal.

Due to its multi-tribal nature, sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between people from different tribes with skin colour or dressing especially in this 21st Century where Western culture has taken over.

However, one way to easily identify the tribe of a person in Nigeria is via tribal marks.

Tribal marks are marks or scars which serve different purposes. This scars or marks are mostly drawn on the faces of people and used for identification, healing, spiritual protection, beautification, etc.

These tribal marks have unique marks in such a way that a person of one tribe can be easily distinguish from a person of another tribe.

Here are the tribal marks in some tribes in Nigeria.

1. Owu tribal marks: it is perculiar to people in Abeokuta, Ogun state. It consist of 6 lines on each side of the cheeks.

2. Igbo tribal marks: it was formally used to show affluence and social status. It was also called Ichi. It was found in people from South East Nigeria

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3. Hausa tribal marks: it is called Zube, Yan baka, doddori and bille.

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4. Nupe tribal marks: it is found in nupe people from Kwara and kogi state.

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5. Pele tribal marks: found among the Yoruba tribes of Ijebu, Ijeba and Ile-Ife.

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6. Gombo tribal marks: they are found in people from Ogbomoso in Oyo state.

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7. Fulani tribal marks: it is found in the Fulani people spread mainly across northern Nigeria and middle belts such as Nasarawa, Kano, etc. It is also used for beautification in females.

However, following the Advent of civilization and introduction of Western culture, the wearing of these tribal marks on the faces of indigenous people within Nigeria has greatly reduced.

Source: The Guardian News Nigeria,

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