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Tribal marks of Nigerian people and what they mean

Last Updated on July 6, 2021 by MyGh.Online

From Yoruba to Igbo to Hausa, here are the tribal marks of the Nigerian people and what they mean.

Tribal marks served different purposes in different tribes including: identification, healing, spiritual protection and for beautification. However, with the advent of western religions, most tribes stopped the process because it was deemed unhealthy and pagan.

We have identified some unique tribal marks from ethnic groups across Nigeria.



The Pele tribal mark is common to the Ife people but it is also kind of a general Yoruba marking system because almost all the Yoruba tribes have their own version of it. Pele is drawn with three long vertical lines drawn on the cheeks. The other versions are Pele Ijebu, and Pele Ijesha.





Gombo/Keke tribal mark are a complex combination of curved and straight lines on both sides of the face. It is common to people from Ogbomoso in Oyo State.



The basic style of the Abaja is three to four horizontal lines on each cheek of a person. However, it can range up to six horizontal lines on each cheek.



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Ancient Igbo tribal marking were more for affluence and social status, commonly known as Ichi. However, later on, tribal marks were given to women too for the purposes of identification, beautification and healing. These consisted of solar disc-like incisions on either cheek or two simple lines drawn on the side of the eyes.

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