African Culture: Growing skin-bleaching trend hits the African continent.

Though Africa is known as the black continent, some Africans are trying to paint it white by painting, sorry, by bleaching themselves ‘white’.

This is the enviable skin-colour some are trying to undo.
This is the enviable skin-colour some are trying to undo.

By bleaching themselves, Africans are not only rejecting their ethnic identity, but also trying to play God.

Bleaching is very popular among African women, though men too are not left behind.

A recent survey by the University of Cape Town suggests that South Africa is the nation with the most bleached women.

While the rich use high-end products which are considered safer, others try to  follow in the footsteps of Michael Jackson by using locally made concoctions that have resulted in unintended consequences.

From natural black skin to fake 'white' skin
From natural black skin to fake   ‘white’ skin?

In Thorny Issues in Africa, Continental Radio Station, CRS, examines reasons behind the growing skin-bleaching in Africa.

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Author: Ange