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Beads or Waist Beads are a traditional African accessory that consist of small glass, stone, or similar material on a string or wire worn around the waist or hips.

In Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and other West African countries, waist beads are a symbol of femininity, fertility, sensuality, and spiritual well-being.

They come in different colors and shapes and may also include decorative stones, crystals, or charms.

Newly-outdoored chief, a former lecturer at the Ghana Technology University Village, Accra, a media practitioner, and a well-known socio-political commentator, Nana Osei Piesie Antoh explains some significance of African beads in Ghanaian culture.

He explained ;

Beads 'Toma'  as locally known in Ghana , means to buy for ... normally buy a gift for a female''

''If a male finds a Bead attractive and nice he buys it for his partner''

''One of the local names for bead is 'Ayande3' or 'Kom ade3'  - beautiful traditional bracelet worn around the neck,wrist''

The beads remain such a popular accessory for women around the globe and in Ghana.

''In the olden days the beads are worn visibly as a sign of status or hidden as a signal of seduction to a husband or lover'' he said.

''They were usually worn in the past to support underwear''

''The beads are sometimes used on the calf , waist , arm , of children to enhance growth on these parts''

These African beads also promote tourism, employment for locals according to the former lecturer.

He reiterated that the Beads enhances the beauty of African women and it is in no way used to promote promiscuity as some people interpret it to be.





Last modified on Thursday, 18 March 2021

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