Hiplife veteran, Nii Addo Quaynor, popularly known as Tinny, has teamed up with the latest afro pop sensation, Kan-I, to launch a campaign against skin bleaching/skin toning among black women. The campaign, known as #bringbackourBLACKgirls, co-opts the slogan for the campaign for the safe return of the kidnapped Nigerian school girls.
The two are hoping that with this effort, they can create widespread public awareness about the dangers of skin bleaching. Skin bleaching is a major practice in many African countries and millions of young, impressionable girls have fallen victim to the allure of this sad practice. It has serious health consequences for victims, including discoloration and skin cancer. Kan-I said that he felt obliged to start this campaign with Tinny because the problem was getting worse and young women need to be enlightened about the dangers of the practice. Speaking from his office in Tesano, Accra, Kan-I, who is the nephew of musical legends Mac Tontoh and Teddy Osei of Osibisa fame said ? Most of us have aunties or mothers or know other women who bleached their skin and they are now having serious regrets because it has affected their skin and their general health. They are spending lots of money trying to reverse the damage done but unfortunately its too late for them.
What Tinny and I are trying to do is create awareness and warn the young ones about the dangers of skin bleaching/toning. Most of them are clueless about what they are getting themselves into. They see some celebrities on social media flaunting and glorifying their ?new? skin tone and they copy them blindly?
Tinny, who is the mastermind of the campaign, added ?What Kan-I and I are trying to do is not intended to embarrass or disgrace anybody. We are just trying to help young people realize that black is beautiful and they don?t have to bleach their skin to feel beautiful?. He added a word of caution to young people involved in this practice. ?Bleaching is bad and once it destroys your skin, there?s nothing you can do about it so if you are already practicing it, stop it now. Be proud of who you are and where you are from?.
Skin bleaching has became a topic of major debate in Ghana social media after female rapper Eazzy was accused and ridiculed after hosting the VGMA?s. Not too long ago, actress Yvonne Nelson suffered the same attacks, and she blamed her skin change on use of ?cocoa butter?. Eazzy has take to social media to vehemently deny the bleaching charges but her denial is unlikely to settle the matter since she appears lighter in recent pictures. Bleaching is rampant in Ghana with many using either bleaching creams or swallowing pills which eventually lighten their skin tone.
Source: Gogo Gorden