A Post-Colonial Mentality Persists in Africa

Fredrick Ngugi January 18, 2017


Bukom Banku

Ghanaian boxer Bukom Banku. Photo credit: Ghana News

During the colonial era, Africans were made to perceive their skin tone as inferior, and in the process, many ended up hating themselves while others suffered from a serious race-based identity crisis.

Sadly, many Blacks still suffer from an inferiority complex, and this is illustrated by the rising cases of skin bleaching and plastic surgeries in many African countries.

In Ghana, dangerous skin bleaching products — most of which are known to cause cancer and other serious physical deformities — have flooded the market due to the desire to look White.

This phenomenon has forced Ghanaian authorities to ban the importation of skin-lightening products in the country.

Last Edited by:Abena Agyeman-Fisher Updated: January 18, 2017


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