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WATCH This BBC Africa Documentary on Sharo: The Fulani Whipping Contest



A new BBC Africa report spotlights the Sharo practice among the Fulanis.

Sharo is a whipping contest where men are rewarded with money and even a potential suitor – if they are brave enough to endure a good flogging.

“I got three wives this way,” one man says. Another adds that he saw his grandfather, father, and elder brothers do it and now is his turn.

The practice has declined in popularity in recent years as people say it’s too dangerous. Others say the practice is not allowed in Islam.

Watch below:

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