What are some strange laws in Africa?

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Hello and welcome to TarokTV blog post! Today, we'll look at some of Africa's oddest laws. From strange clothing standards to strange punishments, we'll look at the legal systems of certain African countries and the strangest laws they have in place. Therefore, without further ado, let's dig in and look at Africa's weird laws!

Zimbabwe has a spitting ban

It is unlawful to spit in public in Zimbabwe. Offenders may face fines or perhaps prison time. This law was enacted to prevent disease transmission.

Law against wearing camouflage in Ghana

A legislation in Ghana forbids people from wearing military camouflage clothes. This regulation was enacted to prohibit anyone from impersonating military officials or causing public misunderstanding.

Law against chewing gum in Singapore (not in Africa, but relevant)

While it is not prohibited in Africa, chewing gum is illegal in Singapore. In an effort to keep public areas clean, the government outlawed it in the 1990s.

Law against insulting the president in South Africa

In South Africa, it is a criminal to disrespect the president or other government leaders. Offenders may face a fine or perhaps imprisonment. This law has been chastised for restricting free expression.

Law against witchcraft in Tanzania

It is prohibited to practice witchcraft in Tanzania. This law was enacted to protect people from being accused of witchcraft and subjected to violence or persecution.

Law against naming a child something "unreasonable" in Nigeria

In Nigeria, parents are required by law to pick a "reasonable" name for their kid. The legislation does not define a fair name, but it does allow officials the authority to reject names they find improper.

Other strange laws from around the continent

There are plenty of additional unique laws in Africa. In Ethiopia, for example, it is banned to smoke or chew gum while attending religious events. It is unlawful in Mauritania for women to have a BMI of more than 30, and it is banned in Cameroon to wear garments that are "too tight."

Contemporary relevance

Some of these laws are still in effect today, while others have become obsolete. Even rules that are not being implemented, however, can have a long-term influence on society. Regulations that restrict freedom of speech or expression can inhibit public dialogue.


While some of these laws may appear unusual, even comical, they represent the cultural and historical settings in which they were enacted. We can obtain a better knowledge of African legal systems and civilizations by studying these laws. It is critical to assess the impact of these laws on citizens' lives and to push for change or repeal where needed.


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