Mariage Tribe allows Bride’s aunt to sleep with groom before marriage to prove his prowess

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She does this to check his potency and virility.

play Banyankole bridal party. Tribe allows Bride’s aunt to sleep with groom before marriage to prove his prowess (Courtesy)

Africa is a large continent, blessed with many tribes and cultures, from the zulu’s, to the xhosas, to the himbas, to the Igbos, Hausas and Yorubas, the diverse black continent can rightly boast of about three thousand African Tribes.

A tribe in Uganda has come under the radar, due to its way of preparing its women for marriage differs completely from other African tribes.

In many African cultures, aunties provide counseling to their young nieces as they age from adolescence to adulthood. When it comes to marriage, these aunties prepare their nieces for the challenges that lie ahead.


The question now is ‘How much influence should aunties have on their nieces?

Well, for the Banyankole people in Southwestern Uganda, the aunt does more than the above, especially during the marriage.

When a couple wants to get married, the primary responsibility of the bride’s aunt is to carry out a sexual check on both her niece and her nephew-in-law. Essentially, the aunt does this by having sex with the groom to check his potency and virility.


She also has to “test” if the bride is still a virgin before they are allowed to consummate their marriage.

In other traditions, the aunt is said to go as far as listening in or watching as the bride and groom have sex in order to prove the couple’s potency.

In as much as this practice may sound weird, it shows how the people of Banyankole hold virginity in high esteem.

As soon as a Banyankole girl is eight, she goes through a lot of restrictions to prepare her for marriage.

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