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How to identify Fake New Naira Notes {Complete CBN Guide}

How to identify Fake New Naira Notes {Complete CBN Guide}

How to identify Fake New Naira Notes

With the announcement of the new redesigns of the Naira Notes, there has been a high-end tension in almost every part of the country because the new naira notes can easily be faked, and in fact, the fake ones are more in circulation almost than the new ones. Here is how to identify fake new naira notes.

 

The reasons for the fake new naira notes are not far-fetched:

  • The new naira notes appear to be washing off when water is poured
  • The redesigns are not as authentic as the old naira notes
  • Not many people know what the new naira notes look like so it may be hard to identify fake new naira notes.

Here is how to identify Fake New Naira Notes

 

How to Identify Fake New Naira Notes

The best way to identify fake new naira notes is to go through the public security features as laid down by the Central Bank of Nigeria. Here are the best ways to identify Fake New Naira Notes according to CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria)

  1. Portrait watermark
  2. CBN Watermark
  3. Silver patch (Antiscan)
  4. See through (Printing in Register)
  5. Optically variable ink
  6. Windowed Metallic Security Thread
  7. Hand engraved Portrait
  8. Raised Intaglio Print
  9. Kinegram
  10. Iridescent Band

 

We are going to explain how these features are applicable in identifying Fake New Naira Notes; especially the #500 and #1,000 notes.

 

How to Identify #500 Fake New Naira Notes

Identify fake new naira notes

Optically Variable Ink

You first need to check for the optically variable ink used to write the “500” on the note. By optically variable, it means it can change from blue to green based on the angle you view it from. If it doesn’t change from Blue to Green when the view angle is changed, then it is definitely a fake #500 notes.

 

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See-through printing and Silver Patch

Also, check if the see-through printing imprinted right beside the air of the Nnamdi Azikwe hand-engraved portrait is there. Right under the see-through printing is the silver patch that rests on the shoulder of the Nnamdi Azikwe engraved portrait.

Windowed Metallic Security Thread

Most importantly, you want to check for the windowed metallic security thread. This is a line of rectangular-like blocks that divides the #500 notes into two. They have the CBN inscription on them. 

Fake new naira notes

Watermark

There is a portrait and CBN watermark on the sides of the #500 notes which can easily be used to distinguish it and identify fake new naira notes.

 

How to Identify #1,000 Fake New Naira Notes

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Optically variable Ink

Just like the #500 Naira note, the #1,000 note has an optically variable ink embedded on the triangle in front of the #1,000 notes. When you change the view angle of the note, that triangle changes from blue to green and vice versa. If the #1,000 new notes you have shows none of these features, then there is a tendency that it is a fake new naira note. But before we decide, let’s check the most important determiner- The Kinegram.

 

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The Kinegram

The Kinegram is a gold imprint on the front of the #1000 new naira note that has the image of #1,000 and the coat of arms on it. To identify a fake new naira note- the #1,000 notes in this instance, it has to have the Kinegram. If it doesn’t, it is definitely a fake #1000 notes.

How to Identify Fake Naira notes

Windowed Metallic Security Thread

Unlike the #500 new notes, the 1,000 note has its windowed metallic security thread at the back. As described, is a line of rectangular-like blocks that divides the #1000 notes into two.

 

These are the major ways to identify fake new naira notes 

 

How to Identify Fake New Naira Notes

  1. Portrait watermark
  2. CBN Watermark
  3. Silver patch (Antiscan)
  4. See through (Printing in Register)
  5. Optically variable ink
  6. Windowed Metallic Security Thread
  7. Hand engraved Portrait
  8. Raised Intaglio Print
  9. Kinegram
  10. Iridescent Band

 

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About CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is the central bank and apex monetary authority of Nigeria established by the CBN Act of 1958 and commenced operations on 1 July 1959.

The major regulatory objectives of the bank as stated in the CBN Act are to: maintain the external reserves of the country, promote monetary stability and a sound financial environment, and act as a banker of last resort and financial adviser to the federal government

The central bank’s role as lender of last resort and adviser to the federal government has sometimes pushed it into murky regulatory waters.

After the end of imperial rule the desire of the government to become pro-active in the development of the economy became visible especially after the end of the Nigerian civil war, the bank followed the government’s desire and took a determined effort to supplement any show shortfalls, credit allocations to the real sector.

The bank became involved in lending directly to consumers, contravening its original intention to work through commercial banks in activities involving consumer lending.

However, the policy was an offspring of the indigenization policy at the time. Nevertheless, the government through the central bank has been actively involved in building the nation’s money and equity centers, forming securities regulatory boards, and introducing treasury instruments into the capital market.

The bank has thirty-six branches each in the 36 states of the federation and the headquarters in FCT

The Central Bank was instrumental in the growth and financial credibility of Nigerian commercial banks by making sure that all the financial banks operating in the country had a capital base (required reserves).

This helped to ensure that bank customers just did not bear losses alone, in the event of bank failures.

However, this policy led to the failure of some Nigerian commercial banks; some banks could not meet up with the new capital base requirements, which was 25,000,000,000.00 Naira at the time.

Those banks that could not meet the new capital base requirements had to fold up, while some that could not come up with the money on their own, had to merge with other banks in order to raise the money.

This policy helped solidify the commercial banks of Nigeria, and made it impossible for individuals or organizations without financial stability to operate a bank in the country.

Today Nigeria has one of the most advanced financial sectors in Africa, with most of its commercial banks having branches in other countries.

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Being Nigerian- Here’s what it means to be Nigerian

Being Nigerian- Here’s what it means to be Nigerian

Being Nigerian

Believe me, there is no Nigerian who can tell another Nigerian how being Nigerian really is. Okay pause…rich people may find it hard to fully understand, right? After all, they have nice cars, live in nice houses and have more opportunities thrown their way.

Cool, they are better than average Nigerians. But that still does not mean the social, political and economic factors that affect average Nigerians cannot say “hello” to them once in a while.

Let us start from Social factors. A rich “child” can be taken mistakenly for a thief in Oshodi market and beaten till death point (See, that’s where you are getting it wrong, they don’t always stay in their cars). Weird example right? Well, Just sayin’.

Jungle justice in Nigeria does not easily decipher the rich between the poor. Some factors actually don’t care about social status.

Sure, rich people have money to buy almost everything. But they still have to buy it at the same price other people are getting it, or even at a more expensive price.

So before you think Being Nigerian and experiencing the things Nigeria presents to us does not affect rich people, think again.

But honestly, we are not here to talk about rich people.

So what does Being Nigerian really mean?

Being Nigerian means you were “fortunate” enough to be born in a big old-ass country with more than 200 million people, with many natural resources than a lot of countries combined, and with those resources mined, controlled and used by a group of people who we elect because they said they want to “lead us”. LMAO.

I think, for the sake of clarity, we should just say they are “leading” our resources and not us.

I am not going to go on and on about how bad the government is. We can all write a 365 paged book about that. But this does not mean we didn’t contribute to this factor. So here is it:

Politically

Being Nigerian means you may not have cared enough to vote the moment you were of voting age, because the country is so bad that you believe your single vote will not change anything, or because (and this may even be a credible reason), there is no worthy candidate to spend the time under the sun for, waiting to put him in office.

So at the polls, everyone is basically playing the game of voting the better devil. Or, in most cases, the devil with more money.

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Is it then safe to say you are politically apathetic because you are Nigerian?

In the biggest chance that you got to experience the #endsars protest and concluded that the governance of Nigeria is so terrible that, it is ironic that government who has a sworn duty of protecting the lives and properties of her citizens, is doing the direct opposite.

This may have geared you to make plans about voting for the “right” person in the next election.

True, political consciousness is on the rise but still not enough to enlighten the populace about how political participation is actually the ultimate tool in ensuring the kind of appropriate democratic government we want.

Being Nigerian means you are very hopeful for a revolution that overhauls political systems. But, not everyone is actually prepared for the reality of how “democratic” undemocratic governments fear revolutions that will get them in serious trouble.

There is the MKO Abiola example for anyone who is wondering if this is possible.

So, while Being Nigerian means having great expectations for a revolution of a democratic system, we might want to prepare ourselves for the outcome of this revolution.

Socially

Nigerians and the Art of Reciprocity

Growing up, we watched our parents/guardians talk about reciprocating what their friends or families have done.

“She visited me today, remind me to visit her too”

“They came to our son’s wedding and brought money. We should go to their daughter’s wedding too and give them money and gift”

Being Nigerian means you assimilate this Art of Reciprocity and even if you don’t know it, it becomes something you do.

No matter how subtly and no matter how much you don’t pay attention to the fact that you are doing it.

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The times you visited your friend because he visited you too, or plan to get someone something on their birthday because they did so on your birthday too.

This Art of Reciprocity is not bad, but it does come from ulterior motives of expectations too. Like:

“If I am doing this, I better get it back during my turn”

Nigerians- we love our gatherings! Eating…oh sorry…Eating free food at ceremonies. Now, it doesn’t even matter if it’s not Saturday.

But you better fix your event on Saturday or they say you don’t have enough money to cater to the “populace” of people that are coming and that’s why you’ve fixed it on a week day.

There is always the party to attend- Weddings (This one is a “sure banker”!), naming ceremonies, house warming and birthdays. As long as there is free food and lots of talking, we are there!

Being Nigerian

But we all know it’s not about the free food and talking alone, right? It’s also about showing off. Nigerians actually have to show off more at events because, like I said, there are so many factors working against our success.

So if anyone’s sons/daughters “defy the odds” and comes back home with a good job and a nice car, they’ll be so ready to attend the ceremony, not only as a proud parent or individual, but to show, that they’ve have gotten it all right in comparison to others.

But you gotta be careful what you boast about, so that all “dem mamas” will not make your child trek from America to Nigeria.

Education

Being Nigerian means you may have done Jamb many times- not because you are not brilliant but because they sent you to a Centre that always has “affected results”.

Or, you met the cut off mark and the University, for whatsoever Crazy reason, refused to admit you. So you better fast and pray, because “the witches” here are not from your father’s house, they are from complete disorder of educational systems.

Now, let’s fast-forward to the point where you get admitted. You meet new people, but this doesn’t have anything to do with you Being Nigerian. The indicator is the conditions you live in on campus- rain-flooded dormitories, bed-bug infested rooms, rooms with big rats, rooms with cockroaches.

Some students even claim to have up to five animals who take turns in their rooms eating, biting them and when they’ve all gotten skinny and all that, eating their shoes and clothes. I know, it doesn’t sound nice at all.

Oh…there’s even a school where about 8 students are allotted to a single room. About 5 more students decide to come and “visit” them till the end of the semester. (Don’t call them squatters!.. They are on a visit). I won’t mention the name of the University, but the initials are OAU.

Nigerians and the contemporary world

Being Nigerian means you find yourself easily adapting to and assimilating too much of foreign culture- America to be precise.

There is always the pressure to be developed, to change our way of thinking. To evolve and behave “advanced” like Americans. Their music, their way of thinking, their many sexual orientations and even their way of doing business.

We are always so eager to see Nigerian artists collaborate with foreign musicians- Americans to be precise, because we know it’s a step-up to Afrobeats and a step-up our development.

Weird, but many Nigerians now appreciate art because we heard it’s cool to appreciate art, and when you appreciate art, you look like an intelligent person.
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Appreciating art is not wrong. But art has not always been and is not only a painting by brush, pencil or paint.

We love going to the movies now and it is fast becoming a culture. You should see Ventura on Christmas day…

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Being Nigerian means you better be ready to “horn” your talent because there are few blue-collar jobs and even fewer white-collared jobs. We have so many comedians, dancers and lip syncers on Instagram, Tiktok and You Tube.

Being Nigerian means if you don’t know your talent yet, you’d better learn a good skill. Cos omo, our president say job no dey again.

What does Being Nigerian mean to you? Let me know in the comment section.

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Accent in Nigeria

Accent in Nigeria

Accent in Nigeria/ Accent and Accent Struggle in Nigeria

Overtime, the Accent issue in Nigeria has always been a struggle and even if you didn’t know this before, you are a part of the struggle. To achieve the purpose of this article, let us understand what an ‘Accent’ is. Simply put, an Accent is distinguished by Pronunciation. Therefore, Accent in Nigeria refers to the different forms of efforts made by Nigerians to achieve the standard of English Language through pronunciation.

Meanwhile, let me bust your bubbles first, there is no received pronunciation in Nigeria and whatsoever efforts you have been making to get that British or American accent, drop it. It does not mean you are better in English Language articulation than a person who speaks ‘normally’

Don’t get confused, I will give you some reasons to justify your ‘normal speaking’ of English Language.

Let’s Journey together.

History of Accent in Nigeria

It always starts with colonization. Meanwhile, that is not the focus of this article. When Africans were colonized, the colonizers could not understand our several languages and this created a very big problem for their rule. Therefore, they had to establish schools where their language was taught and also to enhance easy communication in their colonies.

With independence came the need to adopt a Foreign Language as the lingua Franca of African Countries. Countries that were colonized by the French, adopted French and Countries colonized by Britain adopted English. It was at this point of adoption that the struggle sprang up, to understand English, speak it fluently and sporadically use its grammar and rules as correctly as possible.

Meanwhile, what a lot of people do not get is that English in non-native settings is referred to as ‘Norm-developing’. It is almost never standardized. There is no Received Pronunciation or standard form and the reason is not far-fetched.

The Language and Dialect ‘problem’ in Nigeria

There are over 525 languages in Nigeria according to Blench 2019 Language Classification and out of these languages, there are almost twice the dialects. Let me tell you a quick difference between a language and a dialect.
A Language is:
 The super-posed means of communication whose vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation and Grammar is generally accepted wherever it is spoken or written. Examples: Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo.

A Dialect is:
 A variety of a language, spoken by a group of people in a particular geographical area. For example, In Yoruba land, Ijesha is a dialect. The Ijeshas speak Yoruba but it is a variety of the language and not exactly the language itself. Some Grammar, spelling and vocabulary are changed.

Because these languages and Dialects have peculiar tones, it is very hard for speakers of these languages to master the English Language intonation. That is why you can easily detect a Hausa Man when he is speaking English. The tone is inherent.

Most Yorubas get lucky with it because Yoruba is a flat-tune language, so they are able to master the English Language intonation. Meanwhile, most of them still have their dialects strongly embedded in them, so it becomes very hard to unconsciously use the English Language Intonation.

From the pie-chart above, only about 36% Nigerians adjust to English intonation. The rest retain their dialect or switch on and off on English intonation

The Accent Struggle in Nigeria

Have you ever heard someone speak English so well that you turned your head to look at the person and wished you could speak like that too? And no, I am not talking of Americans or Brits. It is in the quest to speak English perfectly that most people try as much as possible to fake the British Accent so it appears as if they can speak the language well and have a mastery of the language.

News flash….they are wrong.

Most of these people do not even have a complete mastery of the Grammar and Vocabulary of English Language before they start faking an accent to sound original or educated. It is a shame that ignorant people around them encourage them and grin saying:

“I wish I could speak English like you. Your “phonetics” is on point”

Which phonetics?

“see fine Accent”

Smiles, if only you know what he is going through.

Honestly, think of it. Chinese speak English with their Chinese Accent, Indians speak English with their Hindi accent, The French speak English with their French Accent, but when Nigerians speak English in their Languages’ accent, they are local.

My point?

When Indians, Chinese or The French stand up to talk or give a speech in English, no one laughs at them and say they lack the Accent of Americans or Britons. They are not supposed to have it. It is the same way An American cannot have the Yoruba, Hausa or Igbo Accent.

It is so pitiful that Nigerian parents would rather their kids speak English fluently and not their mother tongue. They raise them with the L2 (Second language) and not their Native Language which is supposed to be their first language. Kids therefore struggle to understand, speak and read their own mother tongue, all the while doing it with a funny accent and no, it is not cute.

There have been so many cases of Accent struggles in Nigeria and believe me, every one of them has been a shame back to back. I mean, one that you will want to cover your face for the person and say “can’t you just talk normally?”

In most cases, these people, in a vain bid to sound ‘refined’ have to hold their breath because they do not even understand the English intonation. Some of them do not even sound normal.
It becomes easily noticeable when people use the following expressions:
a) The ‘t’ is weakened (common among the British)as in:

 “Do you want to ge’ it?
 I want wa’er

Wa What?
b) The ‘t’ is strengthened; becomes voiced (common among Americans) as in:
 I wrote a le(de)r – letter
 You want a bo(d)le of water?- bottle.

Believe me, the struggle is real.

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Don’t get me wrong, if you fake it and you sound it, congratulations. But wouldn’t it be freedom to sound as oneself? No one is going to nail you on the cross for not using an accent and neither will it decrease your supposed English mastery. I don’t use an accent and I have gotten so many comments about how good I sound when I speak English.

Honestly, you don’t have to engage in any struggle just to end up sounding like a colonized person who doesn’t know who he is.

Takeaways from this article:
 Sweetheart, your English is correct.
 If you want to gain mastery of the English Language pronunciation, learn Intonation. There are online courses about it.
 Faking an accent is not synonymous to being able to speak English correctly.
 There is nothing wrong with your native accent interfering with your English Language articulation.
 English in Non-native settings has not been standardized.
 Unlike Britain, In Nigeria, there is no received pronunciation, people still struggle with the correct pronunciation of words like “Church”

This article has been able to explore issues on Accent and Accent struggle in Nigeria and how to not get swamped by the need to fake an accent before been able to gain mastery of English Language.

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Skin commentary in Nigeria

Skin commentary in Nigeria

“Why are you so black?”
“Wow, you really are a fine guy, see how yellow your skin is”
“You are neither black nor yellow, can’t you choose one?’

To be honest, the topic of skin in Nigeria is not a common one. And usually, when skin is discussed, it is usually about skin care and skin care routine. I have never really had or heard conversations about skin commentary in Nigeria, hence, the purpose of this article.

Skin topic is not really a serious topic in Nigeria and an opinion from my friend best explains this.

“Well, we are all black here, in this part of the world. So being black has no significance in this society. And because of that, we barely call ourselves black because it’s a general thing—something that evades our consciousness”

Therefore, when skin commentary is made in Nigeria, it is usually jokes, bants or micro-aggressive mockery. And by skin commentary, I mean the various kinds of opinions or facts people have (usually) about other people. In some cases, these commentaries may come in form of compliments too.

In this article, I will explain the basis of skin commentary and how skin commentary usually works in Nigeria. I’ll also put a little guide about how to make the right comments about people’s skin.

History of Skin commentary

In pre Colonial Africa, Nigerians (although we were not called Nigerians then) didn’t see their skin as not good enough or that there was something better than it. True, they saw light skinned as more beautiful and acceptable, but still, that didn’t mean people who had really dark skin tones were not considered beautiful or less. Meanwhile, when colonization came upon Africa and the white man disparaged our skin by making comments such as “Apes” “Apes obey”, Africans thought their skin was definitely a ‘problem’ and was considered ‘sub-standard’. Especially when they saw how white the whites were and how smart they were.

Hence, the skin inferiority ideology was embedded into the mentality of the average Nigerian or Africans in general and this mentality was passed down from generation to generation, mostly through jokes or common innuendos.

Basis of Skin commentary

 Society
 Mentality/Psychology
 Education

1 Society

In Nigeria, most of the culture, habits and beliefs each individual knows is usually gotten from the Family and with huge contribution from the society. In fact, there is an adage that says “One person gives birth but the whole community/thousands of people train the child with him”. It simply means that an individual does not get exposure or training in his/her family alone.

In our societies, people have normalized jokes about skin in a way that has made it acceptable or even funny to the person being commented about. Usually, most of these comments are usually targeted to people with black skin tones. Comments like ‘Black like the devil’, ‘Black like the lower burnt part of Jollof rice’ or ‘Black like a tire’. I received these comments when I was a kid, but I found them funny because those that made the comments said it like jokes.

Meanwhile, most people did not take these comments as jokes because they felt like they didn’t belong or weren’t good enough especially when excessive adulation was given to light skinned people and people who were not felt left out. So the ‘best alternative’ they had was to bleach their skin so they could finally feel like they belonged and receive praises instead of jokes about their skin. I mean, in 2017 alone, The Guardian reported that the global skin lightening industry was worth $4.8bn. That was four years ago.

‘Unfortunately’, only God gives skin. These people turned out to be black and yellow and people made fun of them derisively. Further attempts made by them to complete their ‘Yellowness’ turned out to be worse. The final result was skin cancer or in some cases, death.

To be fair, society didn’t kill these people, but they might have contributed to the factors that led to their death.

When I wanted to write this article, I first thought of going online and looking for facts and numbers, and then it dawned on me that all the facts and experiences I needed should be gotten from people I knew and not what an online research said. I asked a friend of mine that is very light-skinned about the comments people made about his skin. His exact words were:
‘People tell me; your skin is very flashy, very cool’. I asked him if he ever received negative comments or jokes about his skin and he said no, never.

Then, I proceeded to ask dark skinned people the kind of comments they got about their skin. I got only two responses about people making compliments about their skin. Majority of the responses I got was about the jokes or derisive comments people made.

A friend of mine said someone said she should tone her skin up, another friend told me that when he didn’t go out often, he became a little light-skinned and when he finally did go out, people said his skin now looked fresher.

I was about to input into this article that in Nigeria, it hasn’t gotten to the extent of people getting denied certain things just because of the color of their skin. Turns out I was wrong. A colleague of mine asked on a group if people had gotten negative comments about their skin. A man said in Pidgin English “One bank no gree give me work say I too black. I no go mention the bank’s name, but I am happy they didn’t.”

So usually, people would say that it is not bad that you are dark-skinned but it might be better if you are light skinned. Or they would tell you that you are getting darker as if that was a problem and as if they would tell such to a light-skinned person getting fairer naturally

Meanwhile, it would be a terrible assumption to say that Light skinned people do not get negative comments about their skins too. Such comments are usually ‘advices’ or ‘warning’ to them to step up their skin care routine or switch to better skin care products. Jokes like ‘You are getting sunburnt, can’t you just choose one skin color?’ or most times, warning comments like ‘Your skin is getting dark in some places, change your cream’. Even I made those ignorant comments.
If it is not light-skin or dark-skin, it is the fact that people have scars or acnes on some parts of their bodies

There is always the pressure to have the perfect skin that ‘appeals’ to people

2 Mentality

Like I mentioned earlier, most people’s mentality/psychology have been conditioned to like things that are flashy or seem bright enough. I don’t really think it’s a problem as long as they don’t establish their psychology or mentality as the fact or norm.
Meanwhile, as humans, appearances matter a lot to us. The way people look, their hair, their dress sense, how well taken their teeth is and their foot wear most times, determine what we think of them firsthand. I was talking to a friend of mine and he said ‘Majority of people like light skinned people immediately because they look cool and bright and beautiful’. I agreed with him and I told him that it isn’t their fault that they are like that and they should never have to apologize to other people because God gave them such beautiful skin.

Meanwhile, making one’s opinions about skin makes a lot of impact, especially when such person is influential or well respected. Although it didn’t help that Victor Olaiya’s ‘Omo Pupa’ postulated a stance to Light skinned women. Still it was just an innocent man stating his preference in a song. It doesn’t also take away the fact that men who listened to the song might have felt that Light skinned women were better, or to black- skinned women who listened to the song that their skin was inferior.

A friend of mine sent a link to an article she wrote on TELL AFRICA about her experience with skin and skin commentary in Nigeria.

She said:

“I had started noticing the underlying distastes for dark skin. Right from the day my next-door neighbors christened their baby boy who was “fortunately” light skinned. People had gathered over the baby with glazed eyed wonder and admiration, commenting firstly about the child’s skin as if that was what defined him, “omo pupa”, “oyibo re o” they said whilst simultaneously, unsolicited giving tips to the mother on how to prevent the baby from getting dark, like it was some kind of defective illness. ”E ma lo ori fun ooo, a duudu wa ni” one pointedly said in my local dialect, which meant “do not use Shea butter for the child or he will get dark”. On a sofa, there in my neighbor’s tiny parlor, I squirmed uncomfortably. I wondered if they knew the import of what they were saying, if they knew that indirectly they were condemning the black skin-my skin color, by suggesting all means to prevent it. If they knew that they, like a thousand others, were embracing the “lighter is better” phenomenon”

(You can read the full article here)

3 Education

The level of people’s education and exposure determine the kind of comments they make about other people’s skin. People who usually comment about how beautiful dark skinned people are, are usually educated people, or in most cases, people who do not see color. Some people do not even bother with such comments because they don’t see the need as they think everyone is beautiful the way they are.

Takeaways from this article

  • People make skin comments based on societal influence, their mentality/psychology and the level of education they have
  • You don’t need to validate someone else’s skin
  • Everyone should be proud of their skin whether they get comments or not
  • In Nigeria, it is very hard to eradicate jokes about skin but what matters is how you react to those jokes.
  • No skin is inferior, what matters is how well you take care of your skin.
  • It’s not bad for dark skinned people to get darker.
  • Not everyone with scars on their body are comfortable or confident with it, you don’t need to point it out to them. If they needed your opinion, they’d ask

    Obviously, we still have a lot to do on skin and skin commentary in Nigeria, and in most African countries. Therefore, speaking on it and knowing how you can make the right comments about skin or correct people when they make wrong comments about skin will help us all in the long run.

    All skin is perfect, whether Dark, Brown, Light, Milk, chocolate, or for people who still can’t classify their skin tones; there is no need to seek classification when its perfection is undisputable!

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