22 May 2019 | Speaking on the topic of “Beauty for Christ,” Dr. James Boakye Fordjour, an obstetrician-gynecologist, condemned the practice of skin bleaching at a health seminar for young women organized by the Mid-West Ghana Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church.

Skin bleaching for aesthetic purposes is practiced in the country, with a wide range of bleaching products on the market. The industry is considered lucrative.

According to an article published earlier this month by Ghana Business News, Fordjour said that skin bleaching destroys the melanin content in the skin and can result in skin cancer and other forms of cancer.

He advised young women in attendance to retain their natural complexion and avoid body “make-ups” to retain health, especially in old age.

Other presenters at the Adventist church in the town of Sunyani (Brong-Ahafo Region) focused on social media. Pastor Paul Twumasi Danquah, President of the Mid-West Ghana Conference, encouraged young people to use social media for evangelism.

Yaw Ofori-Amanfo, head of the Centre for Technological Education and Training (CTET) at Ghana Technology University, stressed that social media had both advantages and disadvantages, while cautioning that the latter could destroy the future of young people.

Danquah also discussed porn, advising young people to spend their free time reading the Bible and other Christian material.

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