Cameroon news :: The drug business with skin bleaching or the art of perpetuating slavery and colonization :: Cameroon news

Slavery and colonization have wreaked havoc on the dominated subject. The most destructive of all seems to me to be the idea which the ex-slave or colonized person has of himself in his relations with the slave-holder or colonist of yesterday.

The seduction of the dominant power, of its power, evokes in the fragile subject the ambition to resemble the Master, including physically…

Thus, the Caucasian or Caucasian model, which generally includes the physical phenotypes of populations from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, South Central Asia, and Northern South Asia, is hailed by individuals of the Negroid type. elementary philosophical training and in identity crisis.

If this phenomenon turns out to be a public health problem, an economic problem, it is more in the philosophical, intellectual, cultural and spiritual construction of the Peoples.


When we talk about health, many reduce their understanding of this issue to an individual dimension, in the sense that one would be free to do what one wants with one’s body, to choose the skin color we want. They should go further by saying we are free to sell and consume whatever drug we want….

More seriously, public health policy is the domain of the state, which defines and implements policy that protects the citizen. As such, it monitors health risks that threaten populations, promotes health and reduces risks. As part of this mission, medicines and functional foods are subject to special vigilance. Their marketing is subject to special permission or strict control. The idea here is to ensure the good health of citizens and to protect the consumer, who is sometimes lost in the jungle of health claims.

As part of this mission, the public authorities, through an expert approach, assess the risk benefit of any product, food, for which a marketing authorization has been submitted. In this approach, the precautionary principle, which aims to introduce measures to prevent risks when science and technical knowledge are not able to provide security, primarily in the environment and health, we only allow the circulation of products for which we have the scientific guarantee, in the state of the development of science, for their quality. It therefore implies an a priori ban on questionable products.

A dangerous product is not just for the consumer. This is not just a matter of individual freedom, but of public health and even health economics. The costs for families, for the state and therefore for society as a whole in the treatment of pathologies that a good public health policy would have made it possible to avoid, are in this sense very eloquent.


The problem of skin depigmentation is not only a physical health problem, it is more of a mental health problem, an identity crisis.

To sell a society the idea that you would be beautiful or entitled to something, according to the color of your skin, is a true tragedy. Is built from this idea, a society of underdogs waiting to realize themselves in a lighter skin, a racialized society where the identity we give ourselves determines our existence. A stripped down, fake society…

To lighten the skin is therefore to promote the “holiness” of the Caucasian.


Of all my travels that have taken me to almost every continent in this world, my travels to South Africa were a big lesson:

There I met the most beautiful creatures on this earth. However, depigmentation is prohibited there, the marketing of lightening products is equated and punished in the same way as drug trafficking. Since 2019, a young Cameroonian has been serving a 10-year prison sentence there for fraudulently introducing crap made in Cameroon.

In this land of African cultural pride, the Cameroonian, Congolese, Nigerian immigrant can be recognized by his fake hair, his fake skin color, his superficiality, ultimately his insignificance.

Me Amedee Dimitri Touko Tom
Expert in health law

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