Placing tribal marks on a child without consent is evil, says Toke Makinwa

By Seyi Babalola

Toke Makinwa, a media celebrity, has vehemently opposed the age-old practice of using tribal markings for identification, describing it as a kind of torture to children without their permission.

Makinwa stated this in a series of posts on her X account on Sunday.

The media figure remembered a recent meeting with an influencer who had tribal marks, which prompted her to ponder on the long-standing custom.

“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, I know our parents didn’t know any better but damnnnn!!!!”

In following posts, she stated that while she admires the beauty of persons with tribal marks, her main worry is the lack of permission when marking children for identification.

“Thank God it’s abolished now. 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 cancelled now,” she continued.

Following widespread criticism from certain X users, Makinwa emphasized in another post that her objection stemmed from the lack of consent involved, not the beauty of the markings.

“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,” she stated.

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