Nigeria has the world’s highest percentage using bleaching cream

Nigeria has the world’s highest percentage of women using skin lightening agents in the quest for “beauty”.

Lagos, Nigeria – After carefully washing her face, legs and arms, Taiwo Solomon vigorously rubs cream over her body. She is meticulous and makes sure she covers her entire face. Soloman, 32, is bleaching her skin. She believes fairer skin could be her ticket to a better life. So she spends her meager savings on cheap black-market concoctions that promise to lighten her pigment.

This has been a daily routine for the past 15 years. Now several shades lighter she says her new skin makes her feel more beautiful and confident.

“Bleaching just makes me feel special, like am walking around in a spotlight,” she told Al Jazeera. “I am not seeking to be totally white, I just want to look beautiful. I cannot stop using the lightening agents,” she adds.

Solomon is not alone. 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”.

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.

Conceptions of beauty

Lightening creams are not effectively regulated in Nigeria where even roadside vendors sell tubes and plastic bags of powders and ointments from cardboard boxes stacked along sidewalks in market districts. Many of the tubes are unlabelled as to their actual ingredients.

In a market in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, business is booming for shops selling skin-lightening products. Both local and imported products line the shelves of Rashida Lawal’s cosmetics shop.

“About 90 percent of my clients come asking for skin whitening products,” she told Al Jazeera. “I sell it to them and give advice on what product is best for them and how to use them.”

She says most of her customers are in a great haste to lighten their skin.

“Taking the color of your skin to different colour has to be gradual. It’s not something you decide one day that ‘I want to be fair, I want to be like Michael Jackson and you become Michael Jackson all of a sudden’. That is why we have to advise them first before selling it to them” said Lawal.

Rashida and her staff also mix different ointments and creams for customers “depending on the desired level of lightness”.

Famous Nigerian Musician Femi Kuti says the use skin-lightening products have given rise to their own terminology.

“When the bleaching propaganda got so negative, they had to come up with toning. Bleaching sounds too hard, now it’s toning. I don’t bleach, they say, I tone!”

“They think bleaching is gege,” he told Al Jazeera, using a Nigerian term for cool.

Femi attributes skin bleaching to a feeling that foreign products and images must, by definition, be good.

“An African will prefer to be called John-Philip. If you said your name was Chukwu Emeka Afongkudong they will say you are from the village. You are backward. How can you have such a name? We really look down on our culture and heritage instead of being proud of it,” he laments.

Dangerous consequences

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.

Hardcore bleachers use illegal ointments containing toxins like mercury, a metal that blocks production of melanin, which gives the skin its colour, but can also be toxic.

Ayobode Williams, a medical doctor, says the skin bleaching agents have both internal and external effects on those who use them.

“Systemically it causes things like kidney failure because of the mercury in some of the products and it also causes eczema, skin pigmentation among a host of other infections,” he told Al Jazeera.

Dr Williams warned that sustained use of bleaching agents could cause even cancer.

Yet few seem to pay attention to these dangers. For those who bleach, staying black is not beautiful at all.

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2face Surprises His Wife On Their 4th Wedding Anniversary (Video)


Nigerian Music Icon, 2face Idibia and His beautiful wife, Annie are celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary yesterday, and the music legend gave his wife a romantic surprise.

Annie was hanging out with her manager, Naomi and a friend when 2face who was supposed to be in Madrid surprisingly showed up.

2face shared the video with the caption; “She thought I was still in Madrid. She thought she was just having a peaceful dinner with franky and Naomi. But I consulted some of my witches and wizards and lo and behold I’m here. I love this woman.


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In Love With Two Girls But Wants One. Advice Needed.

I and my exgirlfriend parted ways about 3 months ago precisely on new year day.

Shortly after our breakup, I met a couple of girls. I had flings with quite a few of them but I wasn’t comfortable because at my age, I am not suppose to be having flings but a committed relationship.

The problem is I currently have two girls I am in love with. They could easily pass off as models. Beautiful ladies with good hearts. I had to pretend I was flat broke to know if they were coming because I am rich (not very rich though but I am super comfortable for a 20 something yrs old guy. I own a law firm and a school which is setting off soon). One of the ladies is in Abuja she studies there and the other with me here in Kano she is also a student. As a lawyer, I know it is improper to date two girls at the same time cos if one should find out I may end up loosing both.

My problem is I tend to love the one in Abuja more, she is 20 and I took her virginity I was amazed to find out she was a virgin. But the downside is the distance. Distance was one of the factors that led to  my ex parting ways. We lost the trust we had for each other (there are other reasons though).

She comes to the North to see me. She was here last month. But I am already feeling since she is no longer a virgin she will want to explore especially giving the fact that she is beautiful.

I don’t know if I should use the distance to leave her alone as I do not want a repeat of what happened between me and my ex.

The second one with me here in the North she is 23, very beautiful has a good heart, jovial, polite my friends like her. She is a good cook as well.

When I was asking the girl in Abuja out, she was playing hard to get and  asking the second one out too just incase the first girl failed to date me. They both eventually agreed to date me even when I feigned I was a broke nigga.

Please I really do not want to double date. As I can only marry one wife. (I date to marry like I did with my ex). I can’t Introduce two girls to my People. What do I do to remedy the situation?  Insults are welcomed.

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I’m tired of this 24 yrs marriage of hell, husband tells court

“My husband killed our baby when he beat the hell out of me three days to my delivery.

“When I was finally delivered of the baby, he was dead as he was confirmed to have been wounded while in my womb due to the battering. ”

Mrs Ekwutobi Mgbenka disclosed these to an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State on Thursday.

She added , “ He used to beat me; and when I was pregnant , the beating continued unabated.

“ Sometimes, my husband would strip me Unclad me, pour pepper on my body, before beating me,’’ she said.

The 41- year -old businesswoman disclosed these while responding to a divorce suit filed by Edwin , her husband of 24 years.

The respondent accused her husband of being a flirt, saying, he impregnated two married women.

“ My husband was having an affair ; he got two married women with children, pregnant.

“Edwin gave one of his married lovers the documents of four out of his 14 shops he built inside Igando Market without collecting a dime from her.

“ He also bought her a house in Ikotun, Lagos state, ” she said.

The mother of two said that her husband had been starving her of sex for the past four years and had now turned her to an abandoned property.

She explained to the court how she lost her first two babies.

“ My first baby died through the medical doctor’s negligence, the second died through the beatings I received from my husband. ”

She, however, begged the court not to grant her husband ’ s wish for the dissolution of the marriage.

“Please, do not grant my husband’s wish, we both built the houses together but now he wants to push me out and bring in his `wives’, ” she said.

The petitioner, a 55- year -old businessman, Mr Edwin Mgbenka, had approached the court for the dissolution of his 24-year – old marriage over what he called his wife’s alleged threat to his life.

Mgbenka said that his wife was always threatening his life with dangerous weapons.

“My wife always tells me that blood will flow whenever she is fighting me. She stabs me with dangerous weapons.

“ There was a day she broke our standing mirror on me in my sleep because I refused to follow her to a church programme.

“ She always tells my apprentices that I will soon die that she will be the one to settle them.

“ Ekwutobi threatened to kill me if I marry another woman , and now I have two women after her.

“She fought with one of the women that had a set of twins for me and that landed her in a police station, ” he said.

The petitioner alleged that his wife killed their first baby.

“ Few days after she gave birth to our first baby , it was discovered that the baby had hernia and surgery was recommended.

“She was told not to back the baby but immediately after the surgery, she backed him and the baby died on her back, ” he said.

Mgbenka said that Ekwutobi was violent in nature and that she had broken his car windscreen on four occasions.

He said that his wife used his money to buy a motorcycle for her man friend.

According to him, his wife encourages his children aged eight and 13 to steal his money for her.

He urged the court to dissolve the union that he was no longer interested and that he was not ready to die now.

The court president , Mr Adegboyega Omilola , adjourned the case to May 30 for further hearing.

( NAN)

Victor Moses – Balancing demands between Nigeria and Chelsea

By Toyin Akiode

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Victor Moses

Reports from newspapers and online sources verified the heated argument between Victor Moses and Super Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr over the former’s notice that he won’t be available to play in the friendly matches coming up for the national team. The reason given was the knock he received in Chelsea’s quarter final  match in the Emirates FA Cup against Manchester United.

According to statements sourced online, Nigeria’s German coach was of the opinion that Moses should play for the Super Eagles since he managed a pivotal 70 minutes league appearance against Stoke City this past weekend. However, Moses indicated that his appearance at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in London was a sign of respect for the team and his managers emphasizing the need for him to be excused from the friendly against Senegal.

Reading through some of the comments and sentiments of fans of the Super Eagles necessitated my desire to pen this piece and thereby address the issue from a neutral angle.

That Victor Moses is an important player for the Super Eagles is not in question. In similar vein, no one at Stamford Bridge will deny the significance of the tireless Nigerian in the Chelsea team. From all indications; Moses is a constant in the first eleven of Antonio Conte – An important cog in his wheel of progress if one may say.

At the national level, his importance has grown in leaps and bounds aptly demonstrated by his brace against Algeria in Uyo in the last African FIFA World Cup qualifiers. His dreamlike contributions and tactical improvement for Chelsea this season has made many to dub him the ‘new Messiah’ of the Super Eagles.

It is the weight of this sentiments that is driving arguments from both sides of the divide on whether Moses is actually injured or just preserving himself for Chelsea. It is both a difficult and good position to be in for a player that was almost getting to the shores of football irrelevance at club and national levels.

While Moses should always honour national calls; Gernot Rohr and his team should accept that there is wisdom in giving consideration for the young man bearing his current status at his club and the need for him to remain fit for the rest of the season. This is also a friendly match.  It should be used productively to identify new players that will give the established ones a run for their money when the time comes.

Finally, Rohr and Conte should both work hand in hand to ensure that Nigeria as well as Chelsea get the best from this prized jewel. It is the only way to go!

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Nine signs your woman is getting extra sex somewhere!


Well, rightly or wrongly, sex experts say the following are the signs to watch for if you’re suspecting that your woman is having sex with some other man!

• She rebuffs your advances. When a woman has just had sex with someone, she is likely to rebuff your sexual advances if you approach her for sex!

• She smells rather funny. Well, if she rushed out of the place where she had the extra sex without taking a shower, you may likely smell the ejaculate on her!

• She rushes to take her bath. If your woman dashes into the bathroom to clean up herself after an outing, there might be more to it!

• That ‘knowing smile’. A woman who has just had sex with another man would likely have this ‘knowing’ smile plastered her on her face, perhaps because she wants to cover up her guilt.

• Avoiding eye contacts. A cheating woman would find it difficult to maintain eye contact with you if she has been seeing another man.

• Crumpled attire. This is more of a teenage thing, but an adult woman may have her clothes crumpled if she had just had a quickie and hadn’t taken off hr top before she did!

• Unprovoked angry outbursts. If you ask where she has been, she may accuse you of tele-guiding her or that you don’t trust her, blah, blah…

• Smudged make-up. If she had her make-up smudged all over, it may be an indication that someone had been there ahead of you!

• Fresh make-up, fresh perfume. In the alternative, a freshly-applied make-up and recently-sprayed perfume might be an indication that she has taken time to freshen up after a roll in the hay!

The bottom line: You may not necessarily take this as gospel truth, because you may not be right, after all.

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Man pays prostitute with fake naira notes

A 30-year-old man, Frank Igwe, who allegedly used some fake Nigerian currency to pay a sex worker for her services, was on Wednesday charged before a Yaba Chief Magistrate Court in Lagos.

The accused, whose address was not given, is facing a charge of unlawful possession of fake currency.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Ibijoke Akinpelu, told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 17 at about 2:00 a.m. at Standard Hotel, No. 11, Olokodana St., Bariga, Lagos.

Akinpelu alleged that the accused had taken the sex worker to a hotel and after they had enjoyed themselves paid her with some fake money.

“She immediately noticed that the money had no serial numbers and held on to him until the hotel manager alerted the police.

“The accused was searched and another five pieces of N1, 000 notes were found on him,’’ she said.

The offence contravened Section 370 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded innocence of the offence.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr A. F. Adeeyo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N20, 000 with two responsible sureties in like sum.

He said the sureties must be gainfully employed and should also show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case has been adjourned until March 28 for trial.


May God protect us from ritual killers. You have to read this story

“I Was Paid N4,000 To Behead The Lady In Lagos As 2 Alfas & Herbalist Held Her”

A suspected ritualist, Taofik Adara, a.k.a Kie-Kie, arrested in Badagry on Sunday with human parts yesterday said he was paid N4000 to butcher the victim.

The suspect, who was paraded by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, at the command headquarters, Ikeja, yesterday admitted chopping off the victim’s head with a cutlass, while two clerics (alfas) and an herbalist held onto her hands.

Adara said the cutlass used was given to him by the herbalist who contracted him for the job.

According to him, the victim, whose identity was still unknown till yesterday afternoon, was brought to him from Sango Ota, Ogun State.

Adara said: “I live at the Itoga-Zeba area of Badagry. I am a wood cutter and at times I assist owners of coconut plantations to pluck coconut. The whole drama started on Saturday evening when one of my herbalist friend known as Manase came to me to say that he was expecting two alfas from Sango Ota. He told me they would be coming with a lady and that he would pay me N4000 to help butcher the woman. He told me the two needed some fresh human parts to prepare a concoction for one of their clients.

“True to his words, the two alfas arrived Itoga on Sunday evening. I noticed that before their arrival, the two alfas had used some charms on the lady. I noticed that she was just obeying their directives without asking any question. I asked her where she came from and she explained that she resides at Otta and that she had gone to seek spiritual help from one of the alfas.

“Around 9:00a.m. on Sunday, we took the lady deep into the forest, close to a river. Manase asked her to kneel down and she did. It was while she was still kneeling that I chopped off her head with a sharp cutlass given to me by Manase.”

The 61-year-old ritualist, who admitted that he had killed one other person about a year ago, disclosed that his herbalist friend was the one who also brought that victim to him.

The pictures are gory, but to see the victim and the suspect, please click the link below:

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Pastor Andrew Ejimadu Prays ‘Money Into His Followers’ Accounts

Pastor Ejimadu

Nigerian Pastor Based In Zambia Prays ‘Money Into His Followers’ Accounts.

A controversial Nigerian pastor, Prophet Andrew Ejimadu of Christ Freedom Ministries in Zambia, has claimed that he can perform miracle by praying/prophesying for his followers and they will start receiving ‘FREE’ money into their bank accounts from people they don’t know all over the world.


Mixed feelings have trailed the pastor’s prophecy after he shared it on his Facebook page. While some online users are claiming the “blessing”, others have argued that good things don’t come easy like that thereby declaring it a scam.