Rules and law are put in place for the sole purpose of conflict resolution, harmonious and peaceful co-existence between man and other fellow men, man and animals and who knew, man and inanimate object.

However, some are just alien and outlandish.

With the intentions unclear and nowhere close to logical, these laws are followed to the letter otherwise a heft penalty could see one in prison for close to 10 years for trying to save a life.

 Here are a few laws that are illogically in use.



Do not be found walking around town with no money in your pockets. One its considered unwise, given the state of rampant corruption in the country and two, under the Vagrancy Act passed in 1968 and repealed in 1997, being unemployed and broke was considered illegal. A vagrant was anyone without a fixed abode, without lawful employment or a means of sustenance.


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You thought Chad was the niche travel destination and a means to get your Instagram and Facebook buzzing? Think again.

It is straightforward – NO PHOTOS of certain buildings unless you have an official permit allowing you to. Do not expect all buildings to have this visible warning sign as it is considered an unofficial rule. Either this or get ready to pay tips.

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You could blame the high number of teen wives on poverty, poor attainment of education and the strong social and religious traditions. Child marriages, however, is commonly legal and there is no establish a minimum age. The Child Rights Act, which was passed in 2003, sets the age of marriage at 18 years old but only 23 of Nigeria’s 36 states have followed through this act. It gets sad when in some areas 12 is the minimum age to get married.

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Hashish widely grows here but should you be caught in possession of or smoking it, you will land in jail. Also, being in the company of someone caught with narcotics means you will get prosecuted for the same crime. All this is to make their anti-drugs laws effective when it comes to curbing drug use and abuse.


It is illegal to wear miniskirts and tops revealing your midriff. This to them provokes rape. Same thing applies to wearing trousers. The punishment if found includes the specific piece being ripped off by soldiers and a six-month jail term

But during annual Reed Dance, King Mswati III chooses his wife in a rather unusual manner. Young bare-chested virgins wear traditional beaded skirts, which covers only the front, leaving their behinds totally bare. Like no underwear allowed.


There are anti-witchcraft legislations in areas as Nigeria where one can be imprisoned for 2 years if suspected to be a witch. In most cases, it’s an elderly widowed woman or children who fall prey. On the other hand, it is illegal for a witch to fly a broomstick above the 150-meter limit.


Farting in public is illegal and it’s under ‘Air Fouling Legislation’.

‘Any person who vitiates the atmosphere in any place so as to make it noxious to the public to the health of persons in general dwelling or carrying on business in the neighbourhood or passing along a public way shall be guilty of a misdemeanour’.

Oh well!


Though really weird, a husband is allowed to engage in coitus with his already deceased wife. It is viewed as an attack on women’s rights but the “Farewell Intercourse Law” reasons out that marriage remains valid even after death.

9.South Africa

According to, a recent law makes it illegal for vehicles weighing more than nine tonnes to be found on the road during rush hours due to the already heavy traffic. This includes hours between 5 and 8 pm or 6 to 9 am.


10.Equatorial Guinea

Citizens here are not allowed to read external literature and are all in all discouraged from reading. This does not come as a shock as there are no bookstores and newsstands anywhere in the country and the only newspaper doing the rounds is censored. This makes it rank fourth in the list of 10 most censored country’s in the world.

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Author : Megan wanjiru

Catford Digital Media