Saturday, 4 July 2020

To explore colorism in Africa, British-Nigerian actress Beverly Naya has produced a documentary titled "Skin."

Unlike racism, colorism is the discrimination of people based on skin shades and is prevalent among people of the same ethnic or racial group.
"Skin," an hour-long documentary, compiles the stories of Black women in Nigeria who have been treated differently for having dark skin. They speak openly about the pressures of being defined by their skin color.

Dr. Shakirat Gold-Olufadi, a dermatologist at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria, says that one way that dark-skinned women dodge discrimination is by using skin bleaching or whitening agents.

She says some body creams and toners have high bleaching components and are used by women to achieve lighter skin.
"Some people think that people with fairer skin are more attractive, so they start bleaching their skin to feel that way," she told CNN.
The global market for skin lighteners will reach $31.2 billion by 2024, with huge markets in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, according to Global Industry Analysts

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