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Ghana to Ban Skin-Bleaching Products

Colorism, which privileges lighter skin over darker, is an issue that not affects not only African Americans but pretty much all people of color around the world.

From India to Brazil to Belize, one of the ways in which colorism rears its ugly head is in skin bleaching. We have all seen photos of celebrities such as Dominican baseball player Sammy Sosa and Nigerian-Cameroonian pop singer Dencia having bleached their beautiful brown skin to odd shades not found in nature, ostensibly for beauty and prestige. As far back as the 1990s, the Jamaican dancehall song “Dem a Bleach” talked about the phenomenon of using chemicals to alter the color of brown skin.

But Ghana is putting the kibosh on that.

Face 2 Face Africa reports that come August, Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority will ban the sale of cosmetic products that contain the skin-bleaching ingredient hydroquinone, which has been linked to cancer.

Presented as a physical (not mental) public health issue, authority spokesperson James Lartey confirmed that such products will no longer be imported into the country.

“Concerning skin-lightening products, we are saying that from August 2016, all products containing hydroquinone will not be allowed into the country. From 2016, the acceptance for skin-lightening products is going to be zero,” said Lartey.

The outlet reports that skin bleaching is a “norm” in Ghana and that Ghanaian boxer Bukom Banku said he underwent the process to gain a national assignment from President John Mahama as Ghana’s ambassador to Germany.

The use of hydroquinone products is banned in the United States, Japan, Australia and the European Union.

Article via TheRoot

Future of Ghana Publication 2016 is here!

FOG 2016 Publication Front CoverIt’s here! The No.1 online publication for young Ghanaian professionals has been released via www.futureofghana.com following the announcement earlier this year of the top 30 U30 on Independence Day. The anticipation for the release of the publication has been huge. Well now you’re able to read in full all the profiles of the top 30 including rising star Abraham Attah, UK based radio presenter Clara Amfo, global shaper Winifred Selby and the versatile  Actor/television personality from South Korea.. (yes South Korea!) Samuel Okyere.

This year we also have three exclusive interviews from change-makers in the culinary and fashion industries, a detailed look back on last years initiative as well as insightful articles on the sectors that matter. This is an essential read if you’re interested in Ghana’s development

Me Firi Ghana annually produce the Future of Ghana publication which celebrates excellence by recognising the Top 30 under 30 talent of Ghanaian decent pioneering in industries around the world. The publication also features forward thinking articles highlighting key industries, innovators and organizations visions for Ghana and Africa.

 

The nomination process for top 30 to be featured in publication began November 2nd and closed on 13 FOG 2016 GridDecember 2015. Our  esteemed judging panel consisted of Lorraine Wright (Founder of UGCY UK & Ghana), Isaac Babu-Boateng (Founder/CEO Face 2 Face Africa), Adrien Sauvage (Creative Director A.Sauvage Fashion House), Ethel Cofie  (CEO of EDL Technology Consulting)and Emmanuel Edudzie (Executive Director YES Ghana). Their selection of the top 30 was based on supporting evidence provided by nominators and the guiding nomination criteria made public at the start of the campaign.

The Publication is the beginning and one that we hope will act as a catalyst to encourage greater youth participation with the development of Ghana whilst also act as a visual source of inspiration for the emerging generation and a talent resource for investors and organizations.

 

The Forum…..

In celebration of Ghana’s 59th Independence, Me FiRi Ghana hosted the Future of Ghana Forum 2016 which took place on 3rd March 2016 at City Hall, The Queens Walk, London, SE1 2AA- one of London’s most prestigious venues – the event hosted by Rosemary Laryea was a prelude of what was to come this year – the release of the 2016 Edition of The Future of Ghana Publication and launch of the Me Firi Ghana Members Network

The event saw a Key Note address from the Ghanaian High Commissioner to the UK H.E Victor Emmanuel Smith  and panel discussion. Official images from the forum can be viewed here and video review courtesy of Africa Probe will be released soon.