Nigeria is a country in West Africa with three distinct tribes- Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa. The Yoruba people occupy majorly the South Western parts of the country but can also be found, although in small population in other parts of the country. These three tribes have different views on sexuality and virginity, although there is a possibility of two cultures with similar views. The tradition of Virginity among young Yoruba women before marriage is known as “Asa Ibale” in the Yoruba Kingdom. This tradition is no longer practiced today because it has been eroded by colonialisation. A virgin is someone who has never had sexual intercourse or sexual activity.
Female Circumcision is widely known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or Female Cutting. This tradition was practiced in some ethnic groups and religion, has been wiped off by some laws and still in practice in some countries. This act is deeply rooted in the Islamic region; thus, its practice in some Islamic countries. FGM according to WHO (1997) is the total or partial removal of the external female genitalia or organs for non-medical reason. The practice is non-medical because it is been carried out for ritualistic purposes.
Thunder bolt means “magun” or “edun ara” in the Yoruba culture of Western region of Nigeria. It means “do not climb” in English Language or “iwo ko gbodo gun” in Yoruba Language. Thunderbolt can be traced to the god of Sango- the god of thunder and lightning. Despite the fact that it has its origin in the Yoruba culture, it is also used by people all over the country to curb promiscuity. Literally, it refers to the restriction of sexual intercourse. Thunder bolt is a love and a killer charm that is placed on a woman by her lover, husband, family members or in-laws.
Proverbs are wise sayings used in Nigerian culture to address an issue or used in the clarification of a sentence during communication. They signify the deep meaning of words and expressions. Communications are always backed with these wise sayings. Anyone who does not have full understanding of the language spoken in his or her culture cannot be fully grounded in the use and interpretation of proverbs. Elders and the old members of a society are fond of talking in proverbs, they teach the young ones by talking to them in proverbs. Proverbs are difficult to interpret, thus, mostly interpreted by old people that are conversant with the use of language and proverbs. .
There are some categories of men ladies should not think of tying the knots with. Ladies should take note of some major factors such as the character, vision, sincerity, act of responsibility of the man they are in relationship with. Women in a relationship should not be blinded with emotions nor rushed into marriage because of their biological age. It is true that men have the ability to hide their true colours but it is also true that they cannot hide their real self forever. Attitude is like a smoke of fire that cannot be hidden. You will know the type of man you are going out with in no time, his real self will come out either consciously or unconsciously.