Monday, 27 May 2013
Tonto Dikeh Goes Porcelain
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 77 percent of women in Nigeria use skin-lightening products, the world’s highest percentage. That compares with 59 percent in Togo, and 27 percent in Senegal. The reasons for this are varied but most people say they use skin-lighteners because they want "white skin". Skin bleaching comes with hazardous health consequences. The dangers associated with the use of toxic compounds for skin bleaching include blood cancers such as leukemia and cancers of the liver and kidneys as well as severe skin conditions. In many parts of Africa, lighter-skinned women are considered more beautiful and are believed to be more successful and likely to find marriage. It's not only women though who are obsessed with bleaching their skins. Some men too are involved in the practice. Does bleaching really make one feel special? Whatever happened to "Black Is Beautiful"? Considering the health risks, i would have thought the ones in a position to know better would be more responsible Whoever sees Tonto near a Cosmetics shop should please have her arrested.