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June 10, 2017


Last week’s post “Skin Bleaching, Self-Hatred and Colonial Mentality” generated LOTS of conversation on the web. What is surprising to me is the fact that many people have never heard of skin bleaching. Borrowing from my research on skin bleaching in Ghana, this week’s post “Get Light or Die Trying” is a brief introduction of sorts to the global phenomenon…


In November 1997, a 58-year old retired female clerical worker presented to the Dermatology Outpatient Clinic of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana “with complaints of dark patches on light-exposed areas of the face, arms, neck, hands, legs and feet of about 10 years duration” as well as a large fungating ulcer on the right side of her neck. Despite a continuous regime of treatment spanning the course of 14 months, her condition failed to improve. In February 1999, the patient died. The cause of death — sun-related squamous cell carcinoma with pulmonary metastasis precipitated by the habitual application of hydroquinone and later steroid-containing creams. Translated – this Ghanaian woman’s death was caused by a type of skin cancer, which later spread to her lungs, and was attributed to her ritual practice of skin bleaching for more than 20 years of her adult life.

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In May 2001, Ghanaian boxing fans watched as veteran boxer Percy Oblitei Commey’s skin literally fell apart. The Ghana Review International reported that early in the fourth round, his opponent, Smith Odoom, delivered a series of punches to Commey’s face, opening a deep cut on his right cheek.  As the fight progressed, Commey suffered similar cuts in both nostrils and his right ear, causing him to bleed profusely. By the seventh round, Commey’s cornermen and ringside doctors attempted to give the boxer medical attention but found that they could not suture the wounds – his skin was disastrously thin. Not only did Commey lose his national super-featherweight belt, but his “dark” secret had been exposed: Commey had habitually bleached his skin. Twice a day, he followed a regimen that included steroid soap, a lightening shampoo, and two hydroquinone creams.  The once popular 6’4” boxer was booed by fans and subsequently became the object of media ridicule, reportedly because of his “feminine look.” Commey would enter the ring only once more, three years later.




While the death of the retired female clerical worker and the imagery conjured by the mention of Commey’s injuries are indeed disturbing to say the least, theirs are not isolated incidents. According to a 2005 Ghana Health Service report, approximately 30% of Ghanaian women and 5% of Ghanaian men are “currently actively bleaching.”

The incidence of skin bleaching – the intentional alteration of one’s natural skin color to one relatively, if not substantially, lighter in color, through the use of chemical skin lightening agents, either manufactured, homemade, or any combination of the two – has been well documented in Africa. In some parts of the continent, bleaching is nothing less than a way of life. An estimated:

  • Seventy five percent of traders in Lagos, Nigeria (2002)
  • 52% of the population in Dakar, Senegal, 35% in Pretoria, South Africa (2004)
  • 50% of the female population in Bamako, Mali (2000)
  • 8 out of 10 seemingly light-skinned women in Cote d’Ivoire (1998)
  • 60% of Zambian women ages 30 – 39 (2005)
  • 50 -60% of adult Ghanaian women

currently or have at one time or other actively used skin bleaching agents. Nigeria now holds the title of “Number 1 for Skin Bleaching Products” by the World Health Organization.

Though my research focuses on skin bleaching in Africa, the practice is not specific to Africa or people of African descent for that matter. In fact, wherever we find people of color, so too do we find the practice of skin bleaching. And throughout the world, the practice disproportionately affects female populations.

In parts of South Asia, where many parents advise their children to avoid sunlight because flawlessly milky white skin is coveted, cosmetic whiteners are indispensable in everyday skincare.  According to a 2003 report, 38% of women in Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines use whitening products, and 43% of the women surveyed “believed a fair complexion would make them more attractive to men.” Asian women reportedly spend exorbitant amounts of money to buy high-end bleaching products such as those manufactured by L’oreal, the largest cosmetics company in the world, and the leading European manufacturer of skin whitening products.




Similarly, in India, where “60 percent of all beauty products sold are skin lightening agents,” skin tone impacts both marriage marketability and the ability to gain white-collar employment. All-purpose skin bleaching products are marketed frequently and aggressively…



…but so are products geared for specific areas, like the underarms…



…and more ‘intimate’ areas…



What’s interesting about India is that it is one of the few places where men’s bleaching does not hold the same stigma as it does elsewhere in the world. In many other places, men who bleach are regarded effeminate for taking part in something that is regarded a woman’s practice. But in India, skin bleaching is practiced openly by both men and women. To preserve their masculinity, however, Indian men are expected to use their own products, and not those made for women; at least that’s way that Fair and Handsome, is India’s #1 whitening cream designed specifically for men, spins it. In addition to print advertisements, it broadcasts a number of television commercials not only in India, but in the UK as well.



Interestingly enough, in 2010, when Vaseline launched a skin whitening app for Facebook, specifically for India, it was the image of a man that was used. Using this application, Facebookers can manipulate their photos so that they can appear whiter than they actually are. According to Vaseline, the response has been “pretty phenomenal.”


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Despite the global presence of regulatory boards comparable to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the skin lightening products marketed, sold, and used across the world are more chemically potent than those marketed, sold, and used here in the United States. In the U.S., hydroquinone, one of the active agents found in skin-bleaching creams, cannot be obtained in percentages above 2% without a prescription; and by prescription, the highest percentage legally available is 4%. The manufactured skin bleaches found in many parts of Africa contain potentially lethal doses of substances like hydroquinone (between 4% and 25%), corticosteroids, mercury iodide, and various additional caustic agents. When exposed to sunlight, a staple in most parts of Africa, these chemicals prove even more hazardous.

Contact with these agents can cause a wide array of opportunistic infections and skin disorders, including allergies, ulcers and ultimately skin cancer or leukemia in some cases…..people who bleach become so thin-skinned they’re unable to receive injections and other routine medical procedures including stitching following surgery or accidents. In extreme cases, mercury and metals are absorbed at such a level that brain and kidney damage occurs, sometimes resulting in death. Withdrawal from the corticosteroids can lead to shock, which can be fatal (emphasis mine, McKinley, 2001, 96).

In the absence of manufactured products, many people use homemade admixtures. Some mix both manufactured and homemade products for a more potent brew. And yet despite the ravaging effects of both homemade and manufactured products, many people continue to bleach, some to the point of death. Governmental and medical authorities’ attempts to abolish skin bleaching by controlling the dosage and availability of manufactured bleaching agents fail to address people’s continued need to use the products. Even if legislative bans on bleaching agents were to be fully enforced, such efforts would only serve to minimize the incidence or more likely force it underground, not eradicate it. For in the minds of many, the privileges assigned to light skin, whether actual or assumed, are worth dying for.



Addo, H.A. (2000). Squamous Cell Carcinoma Associated with Prolonged Bleaching. Ghana Medical Journal, 34, 144-146.
Chisholm, N.J. (2002, January 22). Fade to White: Skin Bleaching and the Rejection of Blackness.
McKinley, C. (2001, May).Yellow Fever. Honey Magazine, 96-99.

See also:

Skin Bleaching and Global White Supremacy: By Way of Introduction


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  1. Tina #
    January 11, 2013

    Very enlightening. It’s rather unfortunate how the opinion of others etc push people to such ends.

    • Yaba #
      January 11, 2013

      Indeed! White supremacy is the biggest ‘opinion-pusher’ of them all. Thank you for reading, Tina!

  2. April 25, 2013

    Thanks Dr. Yaba

    • Yaba #
      April 25, 2013

      Thank you for reading, Fatou!

  3. April 26, 2013

    informative! You should see what’s happening in The Gambia…maybe you should look into that too Dr. Yaba. I saw the statistics about Senegal, I wonder what are the numbers for Gambia?

    • Yaba #
      April 29, 2013

      It’s everywhere! I haven’t seen the numbers in Gambia and I’m not sure who is doing that research. Will keep my eyes open. Thank you for reading, Aisha!

  4. Richard Henry #
    May 19, 2013

    Thanks for the info and data on skin bleaching in Africa. I have been following your work and needed data and literature on skin bleaching in Africa for my Lit Review. Completing my Masters thesis on skin bleaching in Jamaica. Its a qualitative study entitled “The Browning Phenomenon”

    • Yaba #
      May 20, 2013

      Thanks for reading, Richard! Please let me know if I can share any resources with you. You must of course be familiar with Christopher Charles’ work. I look forward to reading your thesis soon!

  5. marie sanders #
    July 29, 2013

    I found these articles very interesting. I was born very light skin & was teased throughout school. Only other races would play with me. So I tried to suntan myself black. Confusion set in. I messed skin up trying to be “black” and last year I was using bleach crime to over correct the damage I did. I would try to change my color by friends, jobs, advantages. Now all I want to be is me no matter what color. I would very much like to read more on the subject. I feel society makes us choose what color we should be at times. I hate that. But most of my life I have battled this. Thank you for writing on this project. It really made me mad at myself.

  6. September 5, 2013

    Everyone has their own reasons for having white skin, smooth, clean. Certainly have been described in the article above, that it skin disease is not come by itself but because of the wrong skin care.
    There is also damage to the skin caused by cosmetic skin itself. Therefore, if you want to pick look at the measure of beauty products use ingredients that beauty, so that we remain untreated skin.

  7. January 15, 2014

    Harrowing and heartwrenching: I am a dark chocolate brown (similiar to the First Lady Michelle Obama’s shade) and cannot imagine being fueled by such societal pressures and such self-loathing that I would sabotage my own skin tone. I take pride in it and also convey that message to my children, I hope future generations learn from those who suffered and died needlessly and love what they are naturally endowed with: melanin-rich and beautifully brown skin.

  8. Aisha Ellis #
    January 17, 2014

    Colonization has been a devastating cancer all over the world, it’s time to unlearn what we have learned and put truth in it’s place.

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June 9, 2017

A poem to support Sarah Nana Adwoa Safowaa, face of kasu 2016, in her campaign against skin bleaching 💐 She’s bold She’s beautiful She can hold She’s not shameful She’s neither fearful 👩 SHe’s not white Yet She’s bright SHe signifies authenticity And portrays purity A great masterpiece 👨 SHe and she Are you […]

via BLACK IS LIT — Menaye Ideas


March 13, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017


Serena’s problem goes back to how Black men treat the Blackest Beauties by rejecting them,calling them names, “dogs”,making fun of people who date them,etc. the pain of rejection by Black men makes these Sisters think they should TURN TO white boys who are also very easy to control! Serena we are PRAYING for you and Venus cause a white boy cannot make you happy! You belong to a strong Black man,even Blacker in color than you are, to make beautiful Black children! Forget abt revenge AGAINST  Black men who have treated you so bad! God will give you that wonderful Black man who knows you are the most Beautiful woman on earth,making beautiful Black children who will outshine all!

Black Men It is up to you to correct other Black men who are calling The Blackest skin Sisters “dogs”,”ugly”,and prove by your actions that Our Queen Mothers of Black Beauty are the most beautiful!




February 25, 2017

Bayo Adebowale,the accomplished African Novelist and Poet will on Saturday,4th March 2017 be honoured with the prestigeous Chieftaincy title of ONIGEGE ARA OF IGBO-ELERIN by the Igbo-Elerin Council of Baales. This is a well-deserved honour coming from the Literary Icon’s kith and kin….
What a feat!
Congratulations, author of The Virgin, Out Of His Mind,Lonely Days, A New Life, Talent, African Melody, Oriki,Village Harvest, and A Night of Incantations!

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February 13, 2017

from the sun newspaper,nigeria

Super street beggar

Has 4 wives, 11 children

By Vincent Kalu

Begging for a living is hardly an enviable means of livelihood, but for Adamu Hassan Yauri, it is his source of blessing.  After his life seemingly ground to a halt and he found himself stranded at life’s dead-end, beggary offered him an alternative route to an honourable life. Through boom and bust these past 19 years, he has flourished, married four wives, fathered 11 children and sustained his large family on beggary proceeds.

The decision to earn a living as beggar was forced upon him by circumstances beyond his control, following an automobile accident in 1998 that led to the amputation of his right leg.

The native of Yauri Local Government Area, Kebbi State spoke with Saturday Sun at his residence in Igando, Lagos. He debunked any misconceptions about him being a polio victim.  According to him, he grew up as a normal human being without any defect and was on his way to making a success out of his life, attending school and at the same time trading in onions from his home town in the north to the southeast town of Onitsha, Anambra State. But in 1998, his life took a sudden turn.  It started first with his business partner who fractured his legs in an automobile accident.

“I went to visit him at the hospital.  On my way home, I was involved in a motorcycle accident,” he recalled. “Me and my parents spent all our savings on hospital bills, yet doctors couldn’t save my leg.  Eventually, they amputated my right leg.”

At the time, Yauri was a Senior Secondary One student.   The amputation of his limb was a double blow: “I had to drop out of school; otherwise I never planned to stop my education at that level.  The accident also crashed the onion business I was doing to sponsor my education.”

The hard knock of  life soon set in.  To spare him the misery of a wretched life, one of his brothers sold him the idea of moving south to Lagos where begging was a lucrative way of life.

“I followed my brother to Lagos in 1999, and as he told me, I found that begging was lucrative.  People took pity on me because of my condition, and in no time, I was making money, enough to start planning to get married.”

Marriage to four wives

He started this family by marrying one wife.  After some time, he married a second, then a third, and finally a fourth wife.  One of his spouses died, and he has lost two children too.  Aside from these tragedies, Yauri is a happy man, a proud father of nine children, six of them including a set of twins by his first wife.

“I’m the one taking care of them,” he said with pride, “and God is the one taking care of all of us. We may not have money to eat the best of food, but we always make do with the little we have and we are always happy.”

How come a disabled beggar was able to marry four women? Yauri avowed it was easy for the women to fall in love and subsequently marry him.  “It was from this occupation that I married these women,” he boasted.  Of his three wives, the first is from Kwara State, the second from Kano, while the third is a Nigerien.  He is emphatic he and each of the women started as lovers.  He explained his love life with the story of his first wife, Shafatu, from Ilorin, Kwara State, whom he first knew as a secondary school student assisting her beverage seller -mother at Ikotun market.

“All my women loved me dearly and accepted my proposal. Our initial problem was their families’ objections, but my ladies said it must be me or never. Don’t you see the work of God? I paid the bride price and performed the necessary marriage rites for all of them; I didn’t get any of them free, neither did I elope with any of them,” he said.

His women not only accepted him for what he is, they took him for better or for worse, including his means of livelihood.  And after marriage, they joined him in his daily routine of begging to make ends meet. Indeed, begging has become the family’s profession so much so some of the younger children, who are not yet in school, loiter around their mothers where they beg.

Satisfying his women

Don’t ask Yauri how he satisfies three women sexually.  He would respond with a chuckle, followed by a jovial question: “Is the number of children, both living and dead, not evidence of my virility?”

For him, his disability neither extends to his libido nor affects his ability to impregnate his wives.  He will tell you his wives have no cause to complain––though he is quick to add: “I cannot kill myself, I am not a machine.”

He basked in his good fortune of being so blessed with offspring despite his disability and poverty.  Instead of complaining, he counts his blessings.  “There abound many able bodied men who are still unmarried till date, and there are several rich men that have spent so much money seeking medical help to have children and yet do not have any.  I am not gloating over their misfortune, but rather citing this as an example of God’s love for me, a poor, ordinary, disabled beggar.”

God’s love for him extends to his wives’ ease during childbirth. “I believe these blessings are God’s way to compensate me for my disability,” he reflected. “If my wives were to deliver through Caesarean Section, where would I get the money from?”

To increase his number of children or to not increase––the question, Yauri said, is for God. “If God gives me more children, I will take them, especially, as one wife has two children, while the other is left with one after the death of her second child, and these two women may want to have more children like the first wife who has six,” he clarified.

Pains of polygamy

To ask him how he is enjoying  polygamy, is to prompt a lamentation. His woes are best summarised in his statement that “it is hellish keeping three women under one roof.”

To avoid trouble, he tried to be equitable to all three women in the all-important, but sensitive aspect of conjugal responsibility.

To this end, he came up with a ‘sleeping formula’: “To each woman, I give two days in a week to sleep with her.  Two days for each woman, and one day of rest for me.”

He found out it was not enough to stave off trouble permanently.

“I did everything possible for all of them to live together in harmony, but trouble and quarrels always erupted,” he lamented but curiously, blaming the trouble on the Lagos environment.

His theory: “It was hellish keeping three wives together, especially in Lagos, where everybody is crazy.  Bring a naïve person to this city, by the time she arrives, Lagos would open her eyes.  If we were living in the village where our relatives are around us, they (his wives) can’t be a problem to me, even if they were four, because they would be punished for disobeying me. But this is Lagos, where everybody’s brain is something else. In the village, your brain is normal. But immediately you arrive in Lagos, it is either other people scatter your brain or you scatter it by yourself.”

He had resigned to a life of permanent querulous matrimony with the women. “Usually, two ganged-up against one; if I did anything, one would accuse me of favouring the other, and they would start quarreling with me. It was a difficult situation.”

His wives’ endless bickering ultimately drove him to keep them in separate apartments and locations, an arrangement they initially rejected until he was able to convince them of a constant conjugal visit.  “I live with one here in Igando, I rented a house for one at Okoko, and the other at Isheri,” he said, declaring “It is now that I have peace.  Before, it was so much trouble.”

Finding a way out of begging

While trying his best to meet his responsibility as the breadwinner, Yauri admitted that his large family now constitutes a problem.  As his children grow older, proceeds from begging shrink, and become insufficient to sustain the family.  The hard reality had forced him to seek other options to begging for a living.

His first alternative was to join the battalion of tricycle operators who make healthy wages conveying commuters over short distance.  Unfortunately, his tricycle was stolen by thieves. Occasionally, his friends who have other things to do borrow him their tricycles.  When such opportunity is not forthcoming, he goes a begging to make his usual paltry proceeds.

After trying his hands on the tricycle business, Yauri became somewhat ashamed of begging. Now in his 40s, he is eager to learn a vocation that would help sustain his family.

He would welcome any help, from government or individuals, towards training his children––though he insisted an explicit agreement would be made in this regards so he would not be disadvantaged by such benevolence.

Within the limit of his ability, he is ready to go any mile for the sake of a better future for his children.

POLYGAMY,BLACK POLYGAMY OOOOO!-Super polygamist, Bello Masaba left 203 children, 103 widows IN NIGERIA !!!!!-FROM SUN NEWSPAPER ,NIGERIA

February 8, 2017
Super polygamist, Bello Masaba left 203 children, 103 widows

From JOHN ADAMS, Minna

To the children of the late controversial super polygamist and Islamic cleric, Alhaji Mohammed Bello Masaba, who died penultimate Saturday, the death of their 93-year-old father may have come sooner than expected. But they entertain no fears of surviving after him. “I know that my father is not dead, he is alive. Allah sent him to come and help mankind. He only called him home to come rest,” these were the submissions of the eldest daughter of the late Islamic cleric, 36-year-old, Fatima Abubakar Bello Masaba.

Looking relaxed, calm and composed, Fatima, a Higher National Diploma (HND) 11 student of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, told Sunday Sun that her last moment with her late father was very emotional and touching but full of encouragement. She recounted the deceased’s last hour: “It was as if he knew he was going to die. He called us and shook hands with all of us and told us that we should put our hope and trust in God in all our dealings.”

“We never knew that he was going to die that day because he was not sick. But he said if God decides to call him, we should not entertain any fear on how we are going to survive.”

Since the demise of the Islamic cleric, the concern of many has been the survival of the 103 widows, 203 children he left behind and other less privileged that fed under his roof every day.

Aside his widows, children and grandchildren, Sunday Sun learnt that the late Masaba took responsibility for feeding of over 50 people every day. He also extended other philanthropic gestures to many within and outside the state.

Despite Masaba’s demise, his three-story building located in the centre of Bida, the popular Kota woro, is still a beehive of activities even as the children promised to carry on, saying their father had taught them how to live without him.

According to the children, the spirit of togetherness, love and oneness, which the late cleric had built in the children over the years, would remain one of their greatest strengths. With over 300 people under one roof, the super polygamist had no history of domestic violence, as he maintained a peaceful coexistence among all the family members.

One of his neighbours, who attested to this feat, described the late Masaba as a man of principle and courage. Mohammed Idris, who had lived with him for over 50 years, said: “Baba” lived in peace with his family and neighbours. I have been his neighbour for over 50 years now and I have never seen Baba in any controversy. He lived peacefully with his family, he lived a disciplined life.”

The late cleric had no western education even though he worked with the Bida native authority and retired in the 70s. But then, he took the education of his children as a priority.

With 20 university graduates, over 30 undergraduates, coupled with 25 others pursuing diploma programmes in various polytechnics across the country, Masaba bequeathed a lasting legacy for his children.

Although he did not run a full-fledge Arabic school in his house, the Islamic cleric had no less than 10 teachers under his pay roll. With no visible business, he ran his Islamic movement “Halihumot Nabiyyi Islamic Organization” with over 5,000 followership spread across the country. Even at that, there was enough to eat and share with neighbours. It was gathered that he slaughtered a cow every week for the family.

However, in adherence to Islamic injunction of the mandatory three months and 10 days mourning period for the widow of a deceased, all the widows of Alhaji Masaba declined to speak on what life holds for them after the demise of their husband.

During the three-day Fidau prayers held in his house which was attended by sympathizers from across the country, the women observed the proceedings from the three-storey building with their children.

According to the eldest son of the cleric, Mahmoud Abubakar Bello Masaba, sustenance of the ‘huge empire’ left behind by the deceased is in the hands of God, the sustainer of lives. He said: “Even when Baba was alive, it was not him that was sustaining the family but Allah. So, the same Allah will continue to sustain those he left behind.”

“Our biggest strength is the spirit of love and care for one another that he had built in us. All of us his children imbibed this spirit and it will keep us together,” he assured.

Many travails of the super polygamist

Muhammadu Bello Abubahkar Masaba Bida hit the limelight in 2008 when his matrimonial life caught the attention of the media. Subsequently, he was arraigned in sharia court under Sharia law and reminded in prison custody.

His arraignment followed the death pronouncement passed on him by an Islamic group, Jama’atu Nasiru-l Islam (JNI). He was equally invited by Bida Emirate Council and the assembly of Islamic leaders for interrogation over his marriage of more than four wives allowed by Sharia.

At the end of their deliberations in Etsu Nupe’s palace Bida, a verdict was read out by the Etsu Nupe of Bida himself, Alhaji Yahya Abubakar, saying Masaba should divorce 82 out of the 86 wives within 48 hours or leave the entire Nupe Kingdom as his safety could not be guaranteed within the kingdom.

The controversial polygamist, however, remained defiant, adding “If God permits me, I will marry more than 86 wives.

“A normal human being could not marry 86, but I can only do by the grace of God. I married 86 women and there is peace in the house.  If there is peace, how can this be wrong”, he queried.

“A man with ten wives would collapse and die, but my own power is given by Allah. That is why I have been able to control 86 of them,” he added.

The argument of the late Masaba was that he did not pursue any of his wives. Rather, they all sought him out due to his reputation as a healer. Many of his wives were much younger than he was. Even a few were younger than some of his elder children. Notwithstanding, the wives claimed that he was a good husband and father.

According to the injunction of the holy Quran, a man can marry four wives. But Bello maintained that since the Quran set a law, it must also set a punishment for offenders. But in this case of marrying more than four wives, he argued, no punishment was given.

Before his trial at the Sharia court, the Niger State Police command gave the super polygamist of Bida a clean bill, declaring that nothing incriminating was found in the house of the controversial husband of 86 wives. “We found nothing incriminating in his house. There was no knife, no pistol or skull in his house when we went to invite him to the headquarters for a chat”, the head of the police team that arrested him declared.

While being kept in detention at the Minna Prison, an Upper Sharia Court in Minna, presided over by Justice Alhaji Abdulmalik Imam, on 6 October 2008 transferred the case of Masaba to a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Minna for lack of jurisdiction. This action drew sharp reactions from some Muslims leading to mass protest against the court’s decision.

Thereafter, on November 12, 2008, a Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, ordered the release of Masaba from detention in Minna Prison with immediate effect. The trial judge, Justice G.O. Kolawole, attached no condition to his release. The judge also ordered the then Inspector General of Police, Mr Mike Okiro, to ensure protection of Masaba’s fundamental  rights to life, liberty and privacy, as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In July 2011, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, the governor of Niger State, in justifying the position of Masaba’s refusal to divorce any of his wives, said “though we have Sharia in place in the state, but we have no law to pin him (Masaba) down”.

The then attorney general and commissioner for Justice, Niger state, Adamu Usman, disclosed that various attempts to prosecute Masaba ran into hitches because there was no provision in the law of the state to effect his prosecution.

Until his demise on January 27, 2017, Alhaji Muhammadu Bello Abubakar Masaba Bida had lived peacefully as a law-abiding citizen of Nigeria in his hometown, Bida, with his 203 wives and 103 children.


July 3, 2016

imageButt power versus Black power …

Who needs a ‘race card’?
I got a ‘Butt Pass’

My ass makes
me a star

Your ‘card’ sets you apart
& racially harassed

You got Black Power…
I gotta ‘High Tower’

You got ‘Civil Rights’
I got ‘Rear Rights’

I don’t need the vote
I think I’d rather gloat

So who needs feminism?
I gotta mega weapon

The love for for butt
is never-ending

I hope that mine is
not descending!

© Menelik Charles.


June 8, 2016


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June 3, 2016


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Curves, clothes and colored girls…

Whether petite ‘n’ chic, medium ‘n’ marvelous, or thick ‘n’ delicious, Black women carry off clothes like Father Christmas carrying a sack load of presents. He makes it look so easy. The weird thing with many Black women is that the ‘trashy’ women among them often look just as delicious as the sought-after Black dimes.

This is because Black women start off with noticeable genetic and aesthetic advantage over women of other races. That is, more attractive features, skin coloring, and a slow ageing process means the only real difference between a trashy-looking Black woman and a classy-looking one are the clothes!

But even then, trashy clothes often look spectacularly sexy on Black women because of those crazy colored-girl curves, and their cat-like, elegant, auras!

Cosmetic surgery, lip implants, sun beds and Botox are scant consolation for other races of women in this respect. The advantages Black women have are overwhelming and insurmountable. The one area which is, sadly, proving to be the undoing of many Black-American and Caribbean women is their general lack of feminine attitude, and behavior.

So while ‘clothes maketh the man’, it is the feminine personality (not her clothes) which maketh the woman. I sometime wonder whether Black women of America and the Caribbean will ever truly realise and appreciate this simple fact. But that’s a subject for another day.

In the mean time let’s just enjoy the kaleidoscope of color, clothes and curves our sisters present to us each and every day…and be thankful 🙂

(c) Menelik Charles.

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