5 Of The Strangest African Marriage Traditions


Beauty Contests… For Men Only

The Gerewol festival where men get preened for women (image via Afrotourism.com)

This is an annual beauty contest by the Wodaabe people in Niger where the men get all dressed up with the hope of getting chosen by a woman. The men paint their faces, wear beads, blacken their lips to make their white teeth pop and engage in some dance for days until they are tapped on the shoulder by the woman who finds him attractive.

The man goes on to either get married to the woman or be her lover for the day. Married men also take part in this ritual as taking on a second wife is not frowned upon.

Talk about women empowerment!!

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