Forceful Traditional practice causes Daniel Conteh to be hunted by his Father in the North

Culture and modernism otherwise known as modern age practice is what is presently affecting many young people in Northern Sierra Leone. This is even worse especially when their parents want to force them into believing or coping into what is against their wise.

Investigations have revealed that for quite some time now Pa Santigie Conteh is not in good terms with his 29 year old Daniel Conteh who is presently out of sight apparently disappearing from his parents after they were alleged to have tried to force him into initiation in a secret society he is against.

Daniel Conteh’s way about is presently not known as a result of forceful traditional practice by his father

Pa. Santigie Conteh is the head of the Limba secret society in the remote Village of Kathantha in the Bombali District, few Miles from Kamakwie. As tradition demands, the head of the Limba Gbamgbani secret society in the Village must be succeeded by his eldest son. Pa Santigie succeeded his Father and the 80 years old man now wants his elder son, Daniel Conteh by all means to succeed him in this secret and barbaric 12th century type of society.
According to a once abducted member of the society who is now out of the country for fearing for his life after he exposed the barbaric act of members, “the head of the secret society is required to sacrifice his first son or child or apparently risk the tile being transferred to other family member and concurrently face severe consequences”. He alleged that the blood of this child could be used as a cream and charm to cast out bad omen for any member of the secret society in the village.
Neither Daniel Conteh nor anyone with correct sense of mind could ever succumb to this type of secret traditional practice in this modern day world. With his educational background and awareness especially practicing to become a devoted Christian, Daniel ignored the norms and culture of his tribesmen.
When Daniel was tipped with the information concerning the title of heading the Gbamgbani secret society being transferred to him, he confronted his father earlier this April and resisted such decision but his father could not listen since Daniel is his first and only male child who he believes is the only one that could save the family from this practice.
Standard Times investigations revealed that on the 15th of April 2018, Pa Santigie arranged for Daniel to be captured at night and taken to the secret shrine in the bush. Fortunately, because the succession was not destined by the God Almighty, Daniel escaped where he was tied and pursued the bush.
A villager and member of the Conteh Family who preferred anonymity said Daniel had not been seen and his family members are presently not happy about the disgrace he had caused their entire family. He added that the villagers had been put on the high alert to search for him wherever he is found and bring him back to the Kathantha Village. But a close friend of Daniel; Sitta Kamara said his friend had earlier informed him of the grand plan to escape from the district in a case they continue to force him to be part of their secret society.
Daniel’s Mother, Yankadia Conteh on a daily basis shed tears especially when she heard of the news of the abduction of her only male child.


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