Abdulrosheed Adewale, oluwo of Iwoland, has said that it was wrong to condemn people for bleaching their skin. He said that castigating or restricting people for bleaching was an “affront on personal right.”
The monarch said this in a statement issued on Monday, against the backdrop of the recent ban placed on skin bleaching products by the government of Rwanda.
“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,” said Adewale.
“Recently, the government of Rwanda pronounced ban on skin bleaching products on the claim that the materials are harmful to human body.”
The monarch further said that “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,” the Iwo monarch said.
“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.”