I Won't bleach my Skin

Amarachi Okpala
Posted September 29, 2019 from Nigeria
I won't bleach my skin.
I won't bleach my skin.: Let the girls educate! (1/2)

Skin bleaching is a huge problem in my community.

In preparations for the celebration of the 2019 International girl-child day, I am working closely with a group of 13 girls from different backgrounds on a project we Tagged 'Dark Damsels' This project will be aired on Wazobiafm Onitsha Nigeria, on the 11th of October 2019. The girls will be educating the public on the dangers of skin bleaching, also enlightening young girls on the need to build their capacities.

This project has given me a deeper taught on why we need to emphasis on ADEQUATE education of the girl-child.

Meanwhile, we are still brainstorming on how to generate strategies to reach out to more school girls!

I am Amarachi Okpala!  

I am a Nigerian living in Nigeria and helping to solve problems in Nigeria!

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Hello, Amarachi,

Welcome to World Pulse! Yes, dear, you are beautiful just the way you are. No need to change a single thing, even the color of your skin.

Wanting to have a “white” skin is also prevalent in our country. There are a lot of whitening products here. There are Gluthatione-injection sessions or taking skin-whitening pills. And these are expensive.

I’m so glad you are confident enough and love yourself as you are. Thank you for teaching the girls in your community to embrace their skin color. That’s self-love.

So happy that you are here. Please continue to share your stories and updates here. :)

Amarachi Okpala
Sep 29
Sep 29

Thank you Karen!
Thanks for your kind words!
In my own country, these chemicals are cheap and no market regulation making it easy to acess by young girls. When they start having diseases they can't afford medical care because medical care is very expensive here!
Thanks for giving me more courage!

You are welcome, dear sister. Oh, wow. Now cheap products are really dangerous. You are a changemaker in your own right. I love what you are working on. Keep it up!

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 29
Sep 29

Dear Amarachi,
What important work this is, and how empowered these young women must feel learning from you. How great too that the girls in your workshop are from different backgrounds and get to meet and learn from each other. "Dark Damsels". Such a wonderful and fun name to embrace on such an important action. Your story title puts it right out there. All the best with your work.

Amarachi Okpala
Sep 29
Sep 29

Dear Tamarack,
Thank you so much for these encouraging words. Your words gave me the spark to do more for my community because a lot of dark-skinned women are suffering because low self esteem!

Lisbeth
Sep 29
Sep 29

Dear Amarachi,
You are very most welcome to world pulse with this beautiful project. I am so proud of you that you don't want bleach. It's a wonderful idea and am solidly behind you.
They are a lot of skin deformation that comes with bleaching yet these young girls risk their life for such activity. I wish list can join you with your campaign against bleching.
Regards

Amarachi Okpala
Sep 29
Sep 29

Dear Lis,
Thanks so much for the motivation you have given me. I believe that as time goes on, a lot of girls and women will be saved through this advocacy!

Lisbeth
Sep 30
Sep 30

I say Amen to that.
Regards

maeann
Sep 29
Sep 29

Hi Amarachi,
Thank you for sharing. This is the first time I heard about skin bleaching. So there is also like this? Wow...
You are beautiful Amarachi... you are an amazing individual person...

Amarachi Okpala
Sep 29
Sep 29

Dear Maeann,
Yes skin-bleaching is predominant in my community. The media, some employers, some social circus indirectly rejects dark-skinned ladies in their establishment and this makes these women to be subjected to bleaching off their skin thereby exposing them to harsh diseases.
You are beautiful too with those wonderful dimples on your cheek.

Jill Langhus
Sep 30
Sep 30

Hello Dear Amarachi,

Congrats on sharing your first story! What a great project. I'm looking forward to hearing about how it goes, and what other initiatives you come up with, too.

You may want to collaborate with other Nigerian women that are also working on similar challenges or have already come up with effective strategies to reach out to more school girls so you are able to empower even more girls. If you're interested you can either go to the World Pulse "community" page and use the filters by country, topic, etc., or you can also private message me and we can determine what your primary goals are and I can put you in touch with some Nigerian trailblazers who may be interested in helping, or collaborating, with you.

Please keep us your great work. No one should ever tamper with what beautiful skin they were born with:-)

Hope you have a great week!

XX

Amarachi Okpala
Sep 30
Sep 30

Thanks Jill.
Am so happy for your response!
I really need collaborations to push this education and I would gladly accept every assistance you can render. Thanks so much as I await a response from you!

Jill Langhus
Oct 02
Oct 02

You're welcome, dear!

Okay. Let me private message you and see what we can do!

XX

Kadi_lokule
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hi dear, i am very proud of you and your initiative on letting our dark damsels know that they are beautifu the way they are. We have the very same issues in my country. Especially growing up - there is the idea that bleaching is a must as you turn into a woman so that you "glow". i support your cause 100%. Way to go.

Amarachi Okpala
Oct 05
Oct 05

Thanks Kadi for your kind words.