o seduce a man, women have several tips. Each chooses what appears to be the most effective. Make-up, clothes, hairstyles come to decorate their parade. Some tactics are universal. Others are specific to peoples. In Africa, this little thing is the baya.
The baya is a set or a necklace of pearls used by African women as an ornament of their hip. Affléma in Akan or Baya in Malinké. It has a particular objective: Seduction.
Baya or afflema is made of various raw materials such as porcelain, rubber, excrement of a rare species of butterfly, rock and wood. These pearls generally come from Indochina, Morocco and Lebanon. In West Africa, these are Mali, Senegal, Nigeria and Ghana. The baya is made in Senegal by the Laoubè who are Fulani.
To increase the mystical powers of the baya, it is advisable to use a perfume, the nimmalinun Oussounan, which means in Wolof "I get drunk". It is used to tame and keep your spouse at home. Senegalese and Malian women have their own ultimate secret: The baya. So what about the Akan women who have their daughter put on golden bayahs during the first weeks of her marriage?
The bride's family, the better to seduce their son-in-law, adorns their daughter's body with pearls. The red beads are used to support the Kodjo. There are also the beads for the knees and forearms. It is advisable to wear the baya with the Pindal betchô which is a piece of loincloth reaching just to the knees. The new bride must highlight her red pearls during small debates before the actual reports. All these tips are intended only to seduce.
As we see, the baya is also an aphrodisiac that makes men lose their heads apart from being an object of protection against evil spirits. But with modernization, this adornment is losing its value in favor of the chains that women also use around their hips. Always with the sole aim of seducing.
An article by Rhythms of Africa