I was born into a community at a time where certain practices of the community suggested and upheld the circumcision of the first male child only when he has reached the age of accountability. This i really vowed not to adhere to because i felt it was totally against the tenets of my faith as a christian. My name is Sunday Ukachukwu and i come from one of the popular old cities of the former Eastern region in Nigeria. After i got married and my wife took in, i kept telling my family and friends that i was going to circumcise my son some days after his birth as stipulated in the Holy book. My parents kicked against it and read out the dire consequences of flouting that age long tradition of my people, one of which the child might die before his youthful age or there would be constant attacks of the spirit of sickness in the live of the child amongst others. But in spite of these threats, i maintained my faith and my stand. And so eight days after my first son was born i circumcised him. Weeks ran into months, then years and nothing happened to my son to the amazement of the entire community. This opened the eyes of many of my generation that was once bound by the belief in this custom to follow my step. Again when i wanted to marry my wife, it was also the traditional custom of my town to take the new bride to our village shrine where an old rusted bend iron like fish hook would be used to hit the woman on a part of her teeth. This ritual signaled her welcome into our community and into the family of the bridegroom. I hated this old practice just for the simple reasons that it wasn’t hygienic. Because there was no record in the history of the community where the same and only instrument was washed or kept clean. Funny enough, its the same old instrument that was used on my ancestors. It was more of a sacred iron. So when it was time for me to take my wife down to the village shrine, i totally refused! Again the consequences were spelled out by those claiming to be concerned. And they are that she either would have complications during delivery or that she would spend her life burying her children prematurely. To the glory of God i have my five kids delivered without complications and they are all alive, growing up very healthy. Again, some friends and villagers that knew about my testimony started following my steps. Some years later, some elders of the community called for a special meeting where it was jointly agreed by the participants that the traditions should be abolished. And that was done after some rituals were performed to avert any repercussion. Praise Jesus!