Scarification in Africa was not only for aesthetic reasons. But also for medicinal and identity reasons.
The practice however is dying in urban areas and villages as modernization encroaches
Mr. Lawal E., hairdresser, Yoruba tribe from Nigeria. “I am proud of my traces. I like them because I am heir. The King has the same scars. I am part of the royal family in my village. It is here in town that I am ‘nobody.’ In the village, I am a noble; people bow down when they see my face! I am proud of that.” Source: @huffpost