The Oluwo of Iwoland, HRM Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale, has warned against castigating people that chose to bleach their skin, saying it’s their personal decision as they are entitled to it.
The monarch in a statement on Monday said castigating those bleaching their skin amounts to an infringement on their human rights.
According to him, “every action has it causative and effects. As an informed mind, the duo factors are considered before application of cosmetic products while the decision is personal.
“Recently, the government of Rwanda pronounced ban on skin bleaching products on the claim that the materials are harmful to human body.”
He maintained that skin bleaching or body enhancement among the Blacks should not lead to castigation, bullying or a change of identity, saying that cosmetic products and accessories application are personal decision of users.
Oluwo said there is nothing wrong if the best products with no harm are used, pointing out that body enhancement is not changing of identity.
“Appearance is a personal interest. Even, the white people do a process called tanning to enhance their looks, applying products to look brown just as black men in Africa apply bleaching products to look white.
“Such a decision of skin treatment is a personal decision of which restriction is an affront on personal right. And denial can never stand the test of time in a developed nation.
“Contact lens is equally body enhancement product. Must we ban contact lens because it will give our eyes colour? The world is digital.
“Body treatment is a personal decision. As an identity, we need not shun the grace of our era. Go for the best products while treating your body.
“Everyone has personal reason. As an African, you can decide to make your skin lighter through body enhancement products in as much as you pleases yourself just like the white men are tanning to look darker or brown. It is your choice in as much it doesn’t change your identity or who you are. Your look is your personal asset,” he stated.