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Foundation partners Lagos government to train 200 youths on organic products


As part of efforts to stem the tide of skin bleaching, Black in Beauty foundation has partnered Lagos State Government, Ministry of Youths and Social Development to train 200 youths on how to turn pure and natural resources into transparent cosmetic end products.

Speaking with The Guardian the founder, Gab-Chidinma Okafor, informed that the training, which would start today, November 27 to December 1st, is part of efforts to intimate the public of the danger of using skin-damaging chemicals in bleaching cosmetics.

The training is one-week free vocational training on basic cosmetics making (using organic raw materials).Okafor noted that hydroquinone, mercury and corticosteroids in cosmetics have caused prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, skin and liver cancers, kidney failure, depression, blindness and obesity.

She said: “When used by pregnant women, these products also result in stillbirths, high rates of neonatal infection and low birth weight. Given the side effects of these products, Beauty in Black Foundation through its youth empowerment scheme would train the youths on how to use organic raw materials to achieve the result of these health-damaging chemicals.

“The foundation is determined to literally and practically address this challenge through a widespread advocacy campaign and sensitization on the health hazard of skin bleaching and promote African beauty, thereby uplifting the self-esteem of black women and youths by empowering them to take active roles in their total well-being by making the right beauty choices to protect their health.

“The foundation will work with policy makers to ensure that the control of skin bleaching products is done in the interest of public safety. We will conduct trainings on how to perfect existing pure and natural resources into transparent cosmetic end products both domestically and entrepreneurially while providing opportunities and enabling platform for youths and young adults to acquire critical life skills such as, social and economic competencies to become self starters and role models through mind orientation and social entrepreneurships.”

Also speaking, Gabi Okafor, co-founder, said skin bleaching is the contemporary evidence of the deep-rooted and lingering psychological scars of racial ideology. He lamented that it is the outcome of colonial experience that degraded the colour of the black people and imposed the aesthetic standards of the white race as the standard reference points of beauty.

He posited that these engender a sense of lack of self-worth, dignity and confidence among the black people, adding that most black women have adopted skin bleaching as a way to influence social recognition, upgrade the status quo to achieve better life opportunities.

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