Getting a cosmetic fix today is as easy as getting sweets from the petty trader down the street, and just as cheap as asking a Yaba or Idumota trader to ”mix cream” for you; especially those ”extra-whitening” ones that will get the job done in half the time, and have twice the effect. This is the reason why most people are suspicious of fair-skinned girls, or in local parlance ”yellow” girls.

And rapper, MI is one of such! He insists that before he would take a fair girl for a wife, he would need to see a picture of her as a child just to make sure she is naturally fair, and not artificial.

Most girls have bleached their skins for so long that it almost looks natural. And most ladies that claim to be fair or appear to be fair these days get unnatural means to achieve it

he concludes.

I will also want her to be tall, since I am [obviously] not tall, and would want my children to be tall. The complexion though, is not an issue except she is fair, in which case she must be tested using the above criterion.

You would also be amazed to know that the whitening craze is not limited to Nigerians, or dark-skinned Africans. In India, for example, skin whitening is a regular part of beauty treatment among women, and is so popular that the industry alone is worth billions of dollars!

It is the same in Hollywood, where celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian are rumoured to have lightened their natural complexion, because of noticeable differences that were observed when compared to pictures of their younger selves.

Whatever the reason may be why people [some men too!] choose to whiten their skins; one thing to bear in mind is that, if you desire to be Mrs Abaga, you will have to sit the ”proof of complexion” test, and pass in flying colours (oops! no pun intended).