Nollywood Actress Beverly Naya talks about the issue of skin bleaching in Africa in a New Documentary.
Long after colonialism, colorism continues to be a global issue that impacts Black people, both those in western society and especially in Africa. In a new documentary Skin, actress and film producer Beverly Naya and Director Etim elaborate on how skin bleaching.
Naya recently shared her thoughts on the project, which can be viewed on Amazon Prime, and its overall goal.In the documentary Naya shared light on skin bleaching. She said the project “Skin” was birthed a few years after a colorism campaign I started in 2014 to teach young black girls about self-love and acceptance. As the campaign grew, it became very important for me to widen my reach. I felt the best way for me to go about it would be to produce a documentary that focused on colorism and the negative effects of bleaching. Skin was filmed entirely in Nigeria. We shot most of the documentary in Lagos, Nigeria and spent a day in my grandma’s village, which is located in Ibusa, Delta state.
Why was it important to reveal the reality of skin bleaching?
Revealing the reality of Skin bleaching she said according to the WHO, Nigerian women are the highest consumers of bleaching cream in Africa. A lot of women are silently battling with their self-esteem because of the never-ending beauty standards being forced upon us. Choosing to educate women on the ills of bleaching is important because sadly enough, a lot of women are oblivious to how detrimental it is to the skin and are only thinking about the immediate [or] temporary gain.
When asked about the difficulty she experienced while filming the project, she said,”I would say being vulnerable for the documentary was a tough one for me and talking about the fact that I was bullied as a child for my physical attributes, was really hard. But I’m glad I was able to see it through because I’ve inspired a lot of young girls just by sharing my story”.
Beverly said the best part about filming this project was visiting Makoko, Lagos and itwas a fascinating experience for her. She said,” I’ve always known about it, but it’s a place that most are afraid to visit. I’m glad that we were able to speak to a few of the women there about their experiences with bleaching cream and colorism. It was a very enlightening experience, definitely one of my favorite parts of the documentary”.
Naya wishes the film impacts people to feel empowered after watching Skin,so they realize and accept that they are enough just the way they are. She also want parents to learn how to build their children’s confidence and ultimately. Naya said if she can get at least one person to reconsider their choice to alter their skin tone, then it’s mission accomplished. Naya has received a lot of heartwarming messages from young women who have said the documentary has inspired them to learn how to appreciate their beautiful black skin. Messages like that make it all worthwhile.