History Opinions & Features December 10, 2019 at 04:00 pm

Judicial wigs and four other colonial legacies Africans are upholding by choice

Nii Ntreh December 10, 2019 at 04:00 pm

December 10, 2019 at 04:00 pm | History, Opinions & Features

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Lawyers in Malawi. Photo Credit: AllAfrica.com

Judicial wigs and gowns

You might not be in an African court if you do not see the judges and the lawyers wearing wigs and gowns. This holdover of British judicial culture from the time of colonization can be seen in more than 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The establishments in these countries have unsurprisingly defended the wigs citing the fact that certain traditions cannot be broken even by decolonization.


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