Ulwaluko, Every single initiation season the media writes about complications accompanying the ritual of Traditional
Circumcision and Initiation into Manhood. The magnitude of these complications is horrific, from 1995 till
The incompetence and indifference of the traditional leaders is astounding. These self-proclaimed custodians of the
ritual pinpoint minor problems seemingly outside their sphere of influence: such as illegal initiation schools, bogus
traditional practitioners, and initiates with pre-existing medical conditions. They are quick to play the blame game and fail to address real issues or come up with substantial solutions.
Their vigorous opposition to ‘modern methods’ is incomprehensible seeing the catastrophic consequences of the
crude traditional methods. More especially because traditional methods that were effective in safeguarding the health
of initiates have been abandoned without evoking any resistance: such as frequent washing of instruments and hands,