I did have hopes for this book. I thought it would be enlightening in some ways about African historical and political issues. But it wasn't like that. Instead it concentrated on some traditional costumes that to tell you the truth I wasn't much interested in them. Mainly the traditions revolving around men: Genital circumcision rituals, celebrations and dances and how boys should avoid women, even their mothers, during those days and how after that they become real 'men'! And considering that in some African countries there existed (or maybe still exists) female genital mutilation--that is so much painful than male's, because it's a healthy organ which they remove and they consider it a nasty devilish flesh -- I couldn't enjoy reading about those rituals.