Nollywood actress Beverly Naya and “Skin” director Etim Effiong / Image: Ernest Akhidenor

How Netflix’s “Skin” Documentary Exposes The Deep Folds of Colorism

Mild spoilers

Diana Yekini

“The issue is that regardless of how amazing you were, you could kill it, you could be fabulous, you could be what they want secretly, but if you’re not fair, that’s it.”

Viewers are also introduced to a handful of subscribers to skin bleaching like Nigerian influencer, Idris Okuneye, who goes by the brand name Bobrisky, and details the arduous journey that was undertaken to transform the black skin that represents ugliness and destitution into the much lighter version of heralded success.


“I am so honored by the response to my documentary and I am happy that many women are learning to love their skin through it.”

The global health quandary, borne from the lucrative skin bleaching industry is the ongoing crisis that shows no signs of slowing down, as buyers and sellers are loyal to the exchange program, that turns velvety Black skin to the lightened rubbery results, that can’t hide the deep folds of colorism — the undefeated enemy of Black power.

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