In traditional African culture, premarital sex is highly frowned upon. Some believe sex is an act that should be shared only between a husband and wife. African rites stress the need for procreation and preservation of customs which is believed can only be successfully achieved through the union of a man and woman.
In modern African culture, though abstinence is preached and encouraged, the importance has subsided. It is not uncommon to find couples engaging in intercourse before marriage.
No matter what side of the fence you are on, one thing that is important to note is that the customs are present no matter how imperative it is to learn and discuss one’s cultural norms.
The following are African rituals that are meant to encourage celibacy.