The Banyankole tribe in Uganda has a practice which requires an aunt of the bride to confirm the sexual potency of the husband-to-be by actually having sex with him.
This is said to be a kind of virility test and is done on the groom before marriage. The aunt may also watch or listen as the newlyweds have sexual intercouse so as to know how to guide them as they explore sex-art.
The Wodaabe tribe, a subgroup of the Fulani ethnic group in Nigeria allow women to have as many ‘husbands’ as they wish.
The women enjoy the privilege to select their suitable mate from a group of men who put on a fanciful mating dance hoping to be selected. The women can have sex with any one of them as she pleases before finally settling with the preferred one.
Umhlanga virginity testing is a popular tradition in South Africa, carried out with the tester opening the woman’s vagina with both hands and looks inside. This is to see if the girl’s hymen is intact. If the girl is still pure, she gets a virginity certificate.
It is common among the Zulu ethnic group who reside mainly in KwaZulu Natal province. This testing is done in an isolated room where the girl lays down on her back with her legs wide open.
In rural Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, and other African countries, sexual cleaning practice involves a woman having unprotected sex with a man called a “hyena.”
He may be a professional male sex worker, a selected future husband, a widow’s brother-in-law or someone paid by the woman’s family.
It is carried out on three separate occasions – when a girl gets her first menstrual period or when a married woman loses her husband, or after an abortion. The custom is meant to help girls become good wives.
As much as sex education is imperative, research reveals Africa holds on to many bizarre practices that are degrading or inhumane in the name of culture.
The continent races against dynamically evolving, balanced against ancient customs that are not good, plus holding on to the virtuous ones.