There is so much speculation about
Tradition. Where does tradition come
from, it’s origin, where are its core
laws, who is meant to follow tradition. Is
Culture a Tradition or is Tradition a
Let me start off by laying down the
definitions of both these words:
Culture: (1) – the behaviours and beliefs
characteristic of a particular social,
ethnic, or age group.
(2) – the sum total of ways of living built
up by a group of human beings and
transmitted from one generation to
Tradition: passing of beliefs or customs
from one generation to the next, without
So basically Culture and/or Tradition are
passed on beliefs created by those
beings whom believed that these beliefs
or practises would better their way of
As an African, there are many cultures
dividing our beliefs and our ways of
living. Different persons believe in
Since tradition is “passed on beliefs”, it
is not really YOUR own belief. Someone
who believed in something either
because it was situational or worked for
them is passing on unwritten laws/
beliefs unto you. It is not YOUR OWN
belief, rather someone else’s belief.
This Tradition does not belong to you,
you have aligned yourself underneath it
because someone told you so. Your
Tradition worked for Him who created it,
it might not work for you.
Tradition is just like religion, it binds you
within a shell, blinding you from living
outside the box.
Someone’s belief cannot be your belief.
We all believe in different things,
because not every method out there
works to an advantage for all of us.
It is okay to believe in Tradition because
it is within your own will to believe in it.
Just do not be ignorant about it. Those
who do not like your customs are not
wrong either, they chose their own
paths. You have bound yourself under
someone else’s belief, allow free
thinkers to choose otherwise. Let us not
forget, customs and methods that
worked well for the beings who lived in
the 19th century, will not work for
everyone in the 21st century.
Times have changed, we live in a world
of science. Do not blame western
influences just because someone
refuses to be bound by Tradition, your
‘African’ tradition. We might share the
same Ancestors, but we DO NOT share
a common Future.
If Tradition works for you, fine. If
someone else does not agree to it, it is
their decision to. You cannot look down
on them, that is just ignorance.
We live in a world where Education is
prime. Tradition came from a time when
education was not popular. It worked to
benefit those people in society, most
likely positively. In this time, different
things work for different people.
Different people require different things.
Personally, I am against Traditional
beliefs. I will not be bound by someone
else’s beliefs. I choose my own way,
you chose yours. Not believing in
Tradition is also MY Tradition. I am
making this MY Custom and I will live
according to it.
What works/worked for you, may not
work for me, therefore I will not make
use of your customs. Do not Slay me for
MY Belief, it is mine and I am not
forcing anyone else to follow it. Follow
your own beliefs. Tradition is not
compulsory, it is a belief one chooses
to follow, I chose not to.