From Yoruba to Igbo to Hausa, there are several cultures in Nigeria that embrace tribal marks.
However, most of us just like or hate these marks without knowing what they stand for. We will correct that with our list of Nigerian tribal marks and what they stand for:
1. Nupe tribal mark: The Nupe are a very respected minority in Kwara State and Kogi State. Their tribal marks highlight their prestige and help to identify the family the individual belongs to. It can also be used for protection and jewelry adornment.
2. Pele tribal mark: The Ife people own this one but almost every Yoruba tribe have theirs as well because it is more of a Yoruba thing. Pele is drawn with 3 long vertical lines on the cheeks. We have Pele Ijebu and Pele Ijesha.
3. Owu tribal mark: Ex-President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has this mark. The Owu people of Abeokuta, Ogun State are known for it and he is from there. It basically consists of 6 incision lines drawn on the side of both cheeks.
4. Gombo tribal mark: Those from Ogbomoso in Oyo State flaunt this mark with pride. It consists of curved and straight lines on each side of the cheek.
5. Igbo tribal mark: The old Igbo tribal marks stood for affluence and social status a.k.a Ichi. Women started getting it too years later and it aided identification, beautification, and healing.