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Nigerian Ladies and the Rising Craze for a Banging Body

Written By: Chukwuemeka Oluka



Rising Craze for a Banging Body-

Call it body modification, improvement or enhancement; the truth is that the craze by many Nigerian ladies to alter their bodies, all in the bid to get that elusive ‘perfect look’ has reached an insane level.

Many of them would even go under the knife just to achieve that banging body, the one in similitude with Nicki Minaj, Shakira or Beyonce.

Recently, there was uproar on Twitter on June 2nd, 2022 after a Nigerian lady, Christabel, reportedly dies in a Lagos hospital through a body enhancement procedure.

The uproar started when a certain Twitter handle, @poshcupcake_1, called out the hospital over the death of her friend. According to her, the hospital kept mute about Christabel’s death and didn’t find it needful to contact any of Christabel’s relatives.

In the series of tweets that went viral, @poshcupcake_1 disclosed that a few friends who knew Crystabel had gone for surgery decided to go to the hospital to check on the late Christabel after they felt she was supposed to have returned. The Twitter user also alleged that the deceased complained of bleeding after the surgery, but the doctor assured the victim it was a usual post-surgery symptom.

Barely five days after Christabel’s death, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported another death involving a socialite, Temitope, following complications from a gastric bypass surgery – one intended to shrink the size of her stomach. Channels Television had also reported that a 29-year-old Omotola Taiwo nearly lost her life after a botched surgical procedure in January 2020.

In February 2019, Nigerians were also hit with the sad news of the death of a beauty queen, Onwuzuligbo Nneka. She died following a botched cosmetic surgery to get her buttocks enlarged. ThisDayLive reported that a Lagos-based surgeon, Dr Anu Adepoju who usually hires foreign doctors to help her out with surgeries, decided to personally do the procedure on the late Nneka, but things got complicated and it led to Nneka’s death.

Tracing these incidences underscore the rising craze for cosmetic surgery and its potential dangers; yet, stories abound in Nigeria of those who had had successful operations to have their dream bodies. Nollywood actress, Tonto Dike has been quite vocal about some of her body enhancement procedures. She would not be ashamed of modifying her body. According to her, she had conquered the stereotype and stigma that goes with it and then, broken away from the norm.

In her post captured on ThisDayLive of 28th February 2021, she was quoted thus,

“Where are the aprokos that said surgery is not good ooo? May my old body be your portion, rolling eyes…If I slap you, your eyes will shift.”

It may sound funny trying to imagine her countenance and tone of voice as she rolled her eyes and seemingly shifted one’s eyes with a slap. But then, this shows she has owned her decisions with her full chest.

However, the story is different for other ladies who had had similar surgical procedures but would talk about it in hushed tones to avoid being stigmatized.

They usually use exercise and dietary plans as smoke screens to account for their magical body transformation. Little wonder netizens would wake up to the news of one socialite or Nollywood celebrity who has gained a curvy and hour-glass figure overnight.

But beyond the stereotype and stigma, stories like these might indicate cosmetic surgery has come to stay in Nigeria despite the risks. Body modification procedures are fast-growing in Nigeria and it’s seemingly making up for lost time given their popularity and acceptance.

As widely reported, the rise of cosmetic surgery among Nigerian women can be traced to Modupe Ozolua. TheGuardian reported that in 2001, the American-Nigerian philanthropist and entrepreneur launched her plastic surgery company, ‘Body Enhancement Limited.’ She would later follow it up with an aesthetic lasers business in 2007.

As of today, facilities that handle cosmetic surgeries have sprung up in major Nigerian cities giving credence to the rise of the body aesthetic business in Nigeria.

It is alleged some medical facilities even became popular for rendering free surgeries to ladies who had over 11,000 social media followers and are willing to post online their surgical procedures with their faces revealed.

What used to be a guarded secret and exclusive reserve among the rich and famous, has now become trending. This is why poorly qualified practitioners are taking advantage of vulnerable and desperate patients, and this increases the risks involved with having body enhancement procedures.

The most popular of these procedures include liposuction, butt enlargement, abdominoplasty and breast job. During liposuction, excess fat is removed to improve body contours. For butt enlargement, liposuction is used to transfer fat to the buttocks to make it larger. Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) is done to improve the shape and appearance of the abdomen.

For the breast job, it can involve breast augmentation or breast reduction. For breast augmentation, it is a procedure carried out if a woman feels her breast are too small, if one breast is larger than the other or if she feels her breasts have sagged due to pregnancy or breastfeeding. Breast reduction however is mostly done if a woman has large and heavy breasts. Most times, breast reduction help provide relief from physical discomfort, while breast augmentation more often improves aesthetic appearance.

Other body enhancement procedures involve the use of injectables to achieve augmented cheeks and lips. Wrinkles and signs of ageing can also be removed from the face via a facelift procedure called Rhytidectomy. Some ladies also insert seasoning cubes into their anus to get their buttocks enlarged.

Some reasons these ladies enhance their appearance are to get the aesthetic appeal and to build self-confidence. This is probably the only way they can conquer the body-shaming blows they receive daily.

There is also the obsession some ladies have with perfection as well as the desire to look like their favourite celebrities they see every day on their screen. The use of filters by these Instagram celebrities has made it almost impossible for many ladies to appreciate their uniqueness. It has given these ladies the false impression of beauty.

The urge to attract men who are believed to fall over themselves at the sight of well-rounded watermelons sitting pretty on feminine chests, as well as well-shaped backsides, has also driven many ladies into modifying their bodies. Somehow, these ladies hardly ever accept this reason.

Another reason is that what dietary plans and daily exercises could not do to reduce fat, cosmetic surgery comes to the rescue for these ladies. The burden of gaining back weight when they stop exercising or dieting is somewhat eradicated with cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery has also been encouraged by plastic surgeons who assure ladies that the procedure is minimally invasive and not a risky surgery like people think it is. According to these doctors, ladies walk into SPAs abroad and have their excess fats removed as though they’ve gone for a tea break or so.

But generally, opinions are divided on why ladies enhance their bodies. Some feel modifying their body through cosmetic procedures can improve self-esteem and combat negative body image. Others see surgical interventions as a sad indictment of bad cultural constructs.

Somehow, cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are often used interchangeably; but this is not technically correct. Although they are closely related specialities being that cosmetic surgery is a type of plastic surgery.

While plastic surgeons focus on reconstructing tissue and body defects, cosmetic surgery is basically about enhancing a person’s appearance. Even the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery says training and certification are different for the two practices, with the processes for cosmetic surgery more intense and rigorous.

In Nigeria, all doctors are governed by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). Without the MDCN, one cannot practice as a physician. So, it is believed that everyone practising cosmetic surgery is a registered doctor with the MDCN.

Aside from the MDCN, there is also the Nigerian Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.

If a doctor is advertising cosmetic surgery, all the client needs to do is to check their website, to know if the doctor belongs to the Association.

Meanwhile, the regulation to prevent quacks from performing plastic surgery-related procedures entirely lies on the regulating bodies. As a panacea, therefore, these bodies should have machinery put in place to check quacks. Would-be patients should therefore check with relevant regulating bodies to make sure the doctor that will operate on them is worthy.

Clients can also get references from friends or those they know have undergone cosmetic surgeries before. If a competent cosmetic surgeon is found, the client can also do a comprehensive research of the surgeon, the hospital and the procedure itself before going ahead with the surgery.

Also, the government need to work closely with the regulating bodies in the health sector to ensure only well-trained surgeons can operate on humans. They must ensure defaulting doctors should have their licenses seized. Such doctors should also be arrested and jailed.

In the meantime, cosmetic surgeons should begin to realize that a client’s motive for surgery should be put ahead of money. To this end, they should ensure clients undergo a careful and extensive preoperative evaluation before sanctioning any procedure.

It is often said that ladies who choose to undergo cosmetic surgery are insecure. Hence, such ladies should begin to build their self-confidence and love themselves unapologetically. They should stop seeking validation from other people and desist from getting intimidated by women with artificial body endowments. Instead, they should love their natural bodies and work on their self-pride. Survivors of botched cosmetic procedures can begin to drive home this advocacy to help ladies appreciate their God-given bodies.

In all, Nigerian ladies, especially those seeking to modify their bodies should be highly circumspect in their decisions. This is because Nigeria’s public health sector is almost comatose and the additional burden of complications from botched cosmetic surgeries might be one too many. Hopefully, these panaceas can help reduce drastically the rising craze for banging bodies amongst ladies.

About The Writer

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Chukwuemeka Oluka writes in from Enugu, Nigeria

He is a passionate writer, a research enthusiast and a graduate of Electronic and Computer Engineering from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He tweets @Mekus_Oluka and can be reached via “[email protected] is on a critical mission; to objectively and honestly represent the voice of ‘grassrooters’ in International, Federal, State and Local Government fora; heralding the achievements of political and other leaders and investors alike, without discrimination. This daily, digital news publication platform serves as the leading source of up-to-date information on how people and events reflect on the global community. The pragmatic articles reflect on the life of the community people, covering news/current affairs, business, technology, culture and fashion, entertainment, sports, State, National and International issues that directly impact the locals.

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Deep-Seated Skin Bleaching Culture in Nigeria

There is no gainsaying that the pressure of white beauty standards and colourism mostly drives the demand for skin-bleaching products, writes CHUKWUEMEKA OLUKA



Deep-Seated Skin Bleaching Culture in Nigeria

In early 2022, Hush’D Makeover, a made-in-Nigeria skincare brand featured Big Brother Naija season six ex-housemate, Maria Chike Benjamin in an advert. Maria who is light-skinned was walking through a crowd of dark-skinned men, women and children and they were blown away by her skin. They couldn’t get over how glowing her skin looked. And truly, she caused a lot of commotion while she cat-walked through the crowd.

Along a poolside, a waiter carrying some juiced drinks lost her steps and fell over a handsome young man who donned a black suit, knocking him into the nearby swimming pool. Both were dark-skinned and had their eyes locked to Maria with mouths ajar as she walked past them. Even children were carried away. Obviously, they were dark-skinned too.

Another scene witnessed a female barber receive a hot slap from a young man she was giving a haircut.

The slap was for letting the clipper sweep deep down into his hair as against his wish. In the process, Maria burst into hysteric and provocative laughter as she walked past them. Again, both of them were astonished and carried away as Maria walked by. Both were also dark-skinned.

From the 33_secs advert, the message becomes clear that for many, the idea of beauty or good looks is expressed in fair and light skin. This is the erroneous narrative being forced down the throats of dark-skinned people. This is also why you rarely see an advert, billboard or poster for a beauty or skincare product with a dark-skin-toned model. Light skin will always be seen as superior, especially with the way most brands portray it.

In many African societies, lighter-skinned women are considered more beautiful and are believed to be more successful and likely to find marriage.

An opinion held amongst some ladies is that fairness of the skin carries the added advantage of being more confident, sexy and attractive to men. Some also believe that light-skin-toned women belong to a higher social class. All these brainwash dark-skinned people into wanting to change their skin colour through skin bleaching.

Skin bleaching comes under some names like skin-lightening or skin whitening. It involves using creams, soaps or pills to achieve a lighter skin tone. Some also use professional treatments like chemical peels and laser therapies to lighten the skin. These practices are common amongst non-white populations and are triggered by cosmetic reasons rooted in low self-esteem considerations.

A research obtainable under the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a part of the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) reveals that skin bleaching has been associated with a variety of known adverse health effects like dermatitis, exogenous ochronosis, steroid acne, kidney disorder and even cancer. These health conditions are linked to harmful active ingredients found in most skin-lightening products.

When a product containing active ingredient like hydroquinone is applied to the skin, it decreases the concentration of melanin in the skin. Melanin is a pigment that helps protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. It also gives the skin its colour. When melanin production decreases, such protection reduces and this puts the skin at greater risk of developing certain skin cancers.

Another active ingredient in skin-lightening products is Mercury, a toxic heavy metal. It may appear on product labels under names like Hg, mercury oxide, mercury iodide, ethyl mercury, mercurous chloride, or phenyl-mercuric salts. Medical News Today, a health information site in the United States discloses that people who use mercury-containing products on their skin may develop skin rashes, skin discolouration, anxiety, depression, psychosis, reduced resistance to skin infections, and kidney damage. It noted that with increased exposure, mercury can cause death.

Sadly, not all manufacturers list their ingredients transparently. Some write in Arabic.  This makes it hard to know if skin-lightening products contain mercury. However, whenever a product label contains instructions to avoid contact with metal jewellery, then, that can be a warning sign, because mercury reacts with some precious metals such as gold. When people wash mercury-containing products off their skin, it eventually ends up in the ocean, where it can enter the food chain and then contaminate fish and other sea creatures which when eaten can harm humans and other animals. This leads to mercury poisoning. Because of this, many countries have banned mercury for cosmetic use. But then, it is often still possible to buy products that contain it online on Amazon and other e-commerce marketplaces.

Corticosteroid is another ingredient found in skin-bleaching creams. According to, it can cause steroid acne, a condition mostly affecting the chest, back and arms region.

A new skin-bleaching procedure that is catching on is the intravenous application of glutathione – a natural antioxidant produced by the liver which can also be obtained in the form of antioxidant supplement tablets. Somehow, skincare companies in some African countries are increasingly using glutathione to appeal to pregnant women aiming to lighten the skins of their babies in the womb. This is as contained in Africa Renewal, an information programme working to promote the work of the United Nations, Africa and the international community. They also warn that it is dangerous for pregnant women to take bleaching tablets and that injectables to lighten skin are the most dangerous since no one knows exactly the composition of the injectables which are mostly bought from informal markets.

The truth is that some women swallow cosmetic pills during pregnancy so that they can lighten the skin of their babies before they are born. Even though glutathione pills do not get approval from relevant authorities, the growing demand for babies with light skin means that the pills will eventually be smuggled into luggage at airports. There is therefore no gainsaying that the skincare and cosmetic industry are taking advantage of African women’s craze for lighter skin to cash out full-time.

In Nigeria, skin-lightening creams are not effectively regulated. They are seen in the hands of roadside vendors stacked along sidewalks in marketplaces. Many of these products are unlabelled and so their actual ingredients are unknown. Both local and imported skin-lightening products line the shelves of these shops. In addition, the vendors also mix different ointments and creams for customers depending on their desired level of lightness. They also train prospective cream mixers. This is why Nigeria is fast becoming the destination for the sale of skin-lightening products.

A study from the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology published in CNN in January 2022 show that in Africa, a staggering 75 per cent (75%) of Nigerian women bleach their skin. This is closely followed by Senegal (60%), Mali (50%) and Ghana (30%). One is therefore not shocked that Nigeria is sitting pretty in the ranking.

When the bleaching propaganda became so negative, the cosmetic industry players had to come up with “toning.” They understood “bleaching” sounded too harsh; so, they came up with “toning.” Also, makers of skin-bleaching products have learnt to introduce the term “organic” on their labels. So, when you hear stuff like organic skincare products, you may want to shine your eyes.

While it is easier to focus on women, the prevalence of skin-bleaching practices amongst men should also be examined. Many years ago, convincing a man to lighten his skin sounded pretty strange. Today, men now pay attention to their skin. They want to look good and hear positive comments about their skin tone. How about men who bleach their lips to have artificial pink lips? They call it ‘sexy pink lips.’ Men who use bleaching cream, understand that most women like light-skinned men; so, they bleach to attract them. A visit to skin beauty shops reveals that men dominate the cosmetic business more and they specialize in mixing different kinds of cream and chemicals to make high-demand skin-lightening creams.

But then, health experts have maintained that men who bleached their skin suffer more adverse effects than women. This is because they are more exposed to sun rays than women. Men stay out in the sun longer than women when hustling; hence the sun damages their skin more vigorously than women. Their skin turns into hard leather and this is usually an eye-sore. Experts also say that continuous exposure to the sun could lead to skin cancer.

In Nigeria, it is commendable though that government is making efforts to stop bleaching by banning the importation of skincare and beauty products containing dangerous skin-lightening chemicals.

 The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) usually would close down companies that make use of those banned active ingredients.

However, it is believed that the measure might not be enough to curb the deep-seated skin bleaching craze in Nigeria because Nigerians could still buy these harmful products from countries where regulatory measures on bleaching are mild. Nigerians can also obtain harmful bleaching creams from dubious sources like the marketplace, shops and other unregulated and unprofessional sources. Instead, experts advocate that regulatory bodies should begin to sensitize the public on the health risks of using skin-lightening products.

Also, investigations into homemade products should be considered to identify their chemical compositions. Usually, existing studies only focus on the ingredients in regular beauty products. But homemade concoctions also contain chemical compositions that have adverse health effects.

Another area of regulation is the media. Regulatory agencies should begin to clamp down on media stations and outfits that feature advertorials on skincare and beauty products having prohibited harmful ingredients on product labels. Also, the media should help in opening up conversations around skin colour and beauty. They should start featuring other shades of beauty beyond the western ideal to end the colour bias that goes with skin bleaching. In this regard, hashtags like #melaninpoppin, #black_is_beautiful and #blackgirlmagic should be promoted to encourage young Nigerians to take pride in their complexions. This will help raise their self-esteem and correct wrong perceptions of beauty.

To end skin bleaching in Nigeria, it must begin from the cradle. Mothers should desist from giving their daughters white and blue-eyed dolls. Children should be given dolls that look like them and have dark skin tones like them. This will help them build early positive images and bolster self-esteem and hence, reduce the desire for skin bleaching when they grow into adults. Mothers should also desist from bleaching the skin of their children. Rather, these children should be made to appreciate the colour of their skin at such early age.

There is no gainsaying that the pressure of white beauty standards and colourism mostly drives the demand for skin-bleaching products. Thus, advocacy on self-acceptance and the education of the public on the potential health risks of skin bleaching can prevent people from using risky products. Also, Nigerians must form the habit of reading product labels before buying them. Yes, it is often said that the best way to hide something from a Nigerian (black people), is to put it in a book. This translates to mean that the personal disposition of the ‘average’ Nigerian is to prefer ignorance over enlightenment. But this has to be discouraged. As a result, NAFDAC should swing the heavy hammer on dubious brands that have their product labels in languages other than English.

These measures no doubt will help reduce the crazy and deep-seated skin bleaching culture in Nigeria.

About the writer:

Deep-Seated Skin Bleaching Culture in Nigeria by Chukwuemeka Oluka

Chukwuemeka Oluka is a passionate writer, a research enthusiast and a graduate of Electronic and Computer Engineering from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He tweets “@mekus_oluka” and can be reached via “[email protected]

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What is it with Deborah Eneche’s Fashion sense?



The first daughter of the the Owner and General Overseer of Dunamis Church International, Deborah Eneche has consistently left people talking about how weird her fashion sense is.
Sometimes it leaves people wondering if she’s doing it deliberately to gain attention as none of her siblings dresses awkwardly as she does.

So many people have even gone as clearly to state that she might not be okay mentally, But it is obvious that such is not a correct judgement seeing that she’s a minister and she’s been seen handling her responsibilities in the ministry perfectly.

Her Parents also do not depict any form of weirdness in their dressing, Which is why it’s such a surprise to see her (Deborah) dressed often in a weird way.

So could this just be her, or is there another reason behind her weird dressing styles? Do you think her fashion sense Is a Go or a no go? Well here are some pictures and examples of her dressings.

Deborah Eneche
Deborah Eneche
Deborah Eneche
Deborah Eneche
Deborah Eneche
Deborah Eneche
Deborah Eneche

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Meet the prophet who has an incredible style of dressing.



Joshua Holmes who is the founder and prophet of the ministry called Joshua Holmes Ministry which is why he is known as Prophet Joshua Holmes.

Prophet Joshua Holmes

However, this particular prophet has proven to be one with a different sense of style when it comes to his fashion lifestyle unlike other priests, prophets or pastors. Prophet Joshua Holmes is well endowed when it comes to wearing the Gucci brands, Balenciaga brands, Versace brands and the rest. Not to talk of his jewelries (Chains and rings) which are always obvious.

prophet Joshua Holmes
Prophet Joshua in his church
Prophet Joshua in his ministry

The Texas based prophet who is filthy rich, has really attracted attention to himself as some people see him as an amazing man of God, whilst so many criticize him for his style of look saying he’s just a false prophet who is all about money. But regardless of what is being said about him, the Prophet seems unperturbed about them as his ministry has never diminished in any way. He is one of the prophets who basically believe in and preach about wealth and prosperity and It will also interest you to know that he is very young and also happily married to his spouse named Michelle Holmes. Obviously he has been living out what he preaches as his outward appearance speaks volume.

Prophet Joshua Holmes and his wife

Most of his clothings and even his shoes and that of his wife are customized with his name and ministry, that is JHM as in Joshua Holmes Ministry. This prophet is not one to hide or shy away from the media despite people’s criticism as He even has a wide variety of followers and audience on Facebook. From his pictures, you can tell he doesn’t joke with his bling looks.

Prophet Joshua Holmes

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