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Akon and Wizkid come under fire in Ghana after ‘rejecting dark-skinned girls for video shoot’

wizkid-AkonAccording to the fashion site, FashionGhana.com and international gossip site, Bossip.com, music stars Akon and Wizkid were supposed to be in Ghana for a video shoot and as usual needed models for the shoot.
The models were organised by the video shoot directors, but they were reportedly turned away on the instructions of Akon and Wizkid, who were said to have specifically asked for light-skinned models.
Read the reports from the site:

‘In a recent video shoot for an upcoming Akon and Wizkid video, some Ghanaian models and girls were called upon to participate by the directors a few days ahead of the shoot. Presumably prior to Akon and WizKid’s arrival in Ghana.
On the day of the shoot, some girls were turned away as the agent (or the man responsible for calling them) informed them that “they now want half cast girls”. A term used to describe girls with mixed heritage, usually ones with white blood in them.
“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 skin-bleached models from the Senegalese national fashion week, Akon and Wizkid’s team are trying to further such acts internationally.’

Akon and Wizkid are yet to comment on the allegations.

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  1. Yemie

     /  November 17, 2013

    The fact still remains that there’s that conception that for a video to have that ‘classy and global feel’, it must have its fair share of white ladies ‘hovering’ abi ‘littering’ the whole place. That said, I wonder why destination Ghana was chosen if ‘mulattos’ were the preferred choice and not destination Cape Town which has been the destination of choice for most recording artistes. Good luck finding ‘mulattos’ in Ghana o.


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