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by , at 10:23 am, October 13, 2016, Features

7 Most Fascinating Traditional African Baby Naming Ceremonies

In traditional African society, the naming ceremony announces the birth of a new born, introduces the child to his or her extended family and the larger community, and above all, it confers on the child a name. Photo Credit: Spicyinc Studios

The naming ceremony of a new baby is one of the most important rites of passage in life. In traditional African society, the naming ceremony announces the birth of a newborn, introduces the child to his or her extended family and the larger community, and above all, it confers on the child a name. The name given to a baby can have an enduring influence on their personality and upbringing.

Face2face Africa takes a look at 7 of Africa’s most colorful traditional  baby naming ceremonies, in order to explore the rich culture behind them and the significance attached to the occasion.