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Akon, Akon, Akon.  Shame on you.  WizKid? Well, I have no clue who you are, but apparently you’re some sort of  Akon “protege”.   According to Fashion Ghana, the two artists have an upcoming concert and video shoot taking place in Ghana.  Allegedly, some of the Ghanaian models were turned away because they were too dark and were told by the agent the two artists were looking for “half-caste” women. Half-caste meaning mixed.

From Fashion Ghana:

“THEY”, most likely referring to WizKid, Akon and/or his music video producer, turning away a fleet of arrivals originally requested to attend by the model scout. In fact, the agent requested if the girls could help him seek light skinned girls because ‘THEY’ were so adamant on this request even on late notice.

Nigeria, where WizKid is from, and Senegal where Akon is from, are countries both flooded with girls bleaching their skin simply because of such discrimination and being made to feel ugly if dark. Not just in media and modelling, but general favours in life. Whilst there are good people in both countries trying to reverse the self esteem damage of such activities such as Adama Paris who banned skinned bleach models from the Senegalese national fashion week, Akon and Wiz Kid’s team are trying to further such acts internationally.

If this is the intentions Akon and the arrogant side kick WizKid wish to introduce to Ghana, then we will be more than glad to uninvite them. Unfortunately for these bigots, Ghana has never been a land where girls are discriminated for skin tone in any field. In such matters, it is obvious they will pass the blame onto an employee to maintain their reputation. But for any such behavior, both these artists should be boycotted until their position is clarified

If this “half-caste” casting was truly in effect, you can all blame colonialism.

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  • jay cee

    Two more demented minds who hate themselves. I’m sure these men have a great resemblance to their mothers, so they must hate their mothers too

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  • simplyme

    To speak as someone who has bit of perspective into both worlds. WizKid is very popular in Nigeria and is touted as one of the hopeful crossover artists into the Western mainstream music industry. His earlier videos have had women of darker skin tones in them. African hip hop videos heavily emulate American ones but tend to be a few years behind. The vast majority of the girls in African music videos are of darker skin tone but as American music videos keep getting… err… “lighter” I think African music videos will too, as we’re starting to see now. Just like they started sporting snapbacks, fitteds, skinny jeans, etc. This trend, especially for an artist who is attempting to crossover into the American market is becoming more prominent.

    I remember P Square (another Nigerian artist) had a song “No one like you” that helped catapult the group toward its current level of fame. It had a bunch of young women dancing around in wedding dresses. They were all pretty, they were all chocolate colored, they were all Nigerian, and the video was extremely popular in Nigeria and among diaspora in the U.S. and U.K.. As their popularity has grown, however, they are working more internationally and collaborating with the likes of Rick Ross etc. and you can see that their more recent videos include more “exotic” looking women. In some videos the song is clearly about a Nigerian girl, but the girl in the video is clearly not Nigerian. Its a little odd tbh. Bought the reality is the girls cast in these videos are props just like the cars etc. So the girls need to be “trendy”. And what is trendy in Western music now is “light”. Just like shooting the video on a yacht or in a club showing off cars etc. I think the American media has an even larger influence than people realize.

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  • http://gravatar.com/moudou moudou

    I’m guessing this isn’t an example of people “needing to hear the truth”, but an example of how other people’s internalized self loathing gets projected on others. Akon and co need to heal their minds. International market or not.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/emelda.decoteau Emelda De Coteau

    Hatred turned inward. We will only be free when we learn to love ourselves.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/jojoperel Bunmi Adekunle

    I respect AKON so much that I don’t believe he would portray this kind of act in Ghana. Yes, Most African countries like Nigeria and Ghana are known to be bleaching their skin, especially the Women. This has been going on since I was born so I will say before or in 1979. So, bleaching is not a new discovery but if modelling in Africa will require half- Caste or tone skinned person then take your business out of Africa to where they are already naturally skin toned.

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    • DJ

      You respect him so much for what reason? He has shown nothing, but selfishness and disrespect for women in general, since he arrived on the scene.

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