In a recent interview with Class91.3FM on the Class Drive on Thursday 23 March, Ghanaian musician Mzbel, has admitted she took to skin bleaching in her teen years because it was the norm in Jamestown, a suburb of Accra, where she grew up.
The singer, disclosed this when a listener sought her opinion on skin bleaching.
The Awoso Me hit maker in response, said:
“Skin bleaching is bad,” sharing her experiences with show hosts Prince Benjamin and Natalia Andoh.
“Skin bleaching, I think, is bad. If you don’t do it right, you will end up having cancer. I grew up in Jamestown where, at a certain age, if you don’t bleach your skin you don’t know what’s up. If you don’t have a child so they can have an outdooring on the street, you don’t know what’s up.
So by the age of 14, you start buying cream. And they only bleach their face. …It was like a trend and once your face is bright, it’s OK.
So I have tried it before, I have tried skin bleaching because then, that was the thing there and all my life I grew up in Jamestown until I was done with high school,”
“So, when I finally became a celebrity and I saw the disadvantages of these things, I started preaching against it, but unfortunately when you start bleaching and you stop and you do not use the right product you end up having some damages to your skin.
So to be able to keep them away you have to continue always and you don’t want to end up having only a white face, so you have to do the whole body and it becomes like a part of your life,”
“So, whenever I have the opportunity to go to Jamestown to do charity work, we talk about teenage pregnancy, safe sex, skin bleaching, and I always use myself as an example. I tell them:
‘The amount of money you will have to use to fix yourself after you get the damages is not a joke,’”