What Nigerians had to say about Beverly Naya’s “Skin” Documentary

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Colourism and its effects on the psychology of Africans is a timely, essential and leaden issue that many Nigerians are uncomfortable talking about in-depth. The discrimination based on skin culture has been found to be so transparently obvious in our culture, that it’s a relatively normal thing to find Nigerian men and women bleaching to lighten their skin complexion.

Popular Nigerian Actress, Beverly Naya picks up the challenge of courageously looking through the prevalent issue of colourism in Nigeria, as she delves deep into the topic in her documentary, Skin. 

The documentary was released on the streaming platform, Netflix on Sunday but has actually premiered in Lagos since Sunday, March 31, 2019. In Skin, Beverly Naya goes on a journey to dissect the concept of colourism in  Lagos, Nigeria. Using personal accounts and the different accounts of various individuals, Beverly covers the true meaning of beauty in the different shades of black.

 

Beverly has had a clear motivation for highlighting the issues surrounding colourism in the continent, especially in her homeland, Nigeria. As far back as 2014, Beverly Naya had launched a movement tagged “Fifty Shades of Black”, a colourism centred campaign that highlighted insecurities around skin complexion. 

Beverly’s newest attempt to broach this subject was met with wide praise from the Nigerian audience, with many taking to social media to share their views. 

 Many people ushered relentless praise for the film, some stating that it revealed the rotten depth of colourism in Nigeria. Some expressed just how deeply the documentary moved them, such that they were at the point of tears. 

 

Individuals shared accounts on their own experiences with colourism, relating with some of the points raised in the film.

 

Some people highlighted that this documentary would give a much-needed, fresh perspective of Africa and Africans.

 

Beverly’s documentary seems to herald hope for many for more thought-provoking content from the Nigerian entertainment industry in this age and time. 

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