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Women with Bleached Skin, Stretch Marks cut from jobs at Ghana Immigration Services – Reports



The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) says all ladies who have stretch marks, bleached skins and surgery cuts will be automatically dismissed from their recruitment program, BBC reports.

Photo Credit: BBC Pidgin, Accra

The agency’s spokesman Michael Amoako-Attah said the selection criteria was necessary to ensure the staff’s safety and wellbeing:

If you have bleached skin or surgical marks on your body during training exercises you may incur some bleeding and that wouldn’t help or augur well for the safety of the applicant because we have seen it before and as much as possible we should avoid re-occurrence.

Men with dreadlocks will also be excluded.

47,477 of the 84,637 who applied have been shortlisted for the second stage with only 500 job openings.

The GIS recruitment process has come under scrutiny from social media users. Here are some of the reactions:


  1. Jade

    January 8, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    NA wa o, just when I thought Ghana was progressive. This must be a joke. Stretch marks? Bleaching? Unless the only excuse for that bleaching is how they want to encourage pride in being dark. Chai, why does Africa enjoy being backward.

  2. Ajala & Foodie

    January 9, 2018 at 12:39 am

    This is employment based on looks period!!! Let them own it and embrace it. It is however, no different from the discriminatory hiring process of airlines. The airlines I am familiar with, the first thing they ask for are pictures and even videos these days. It is to ensure that the persons/people have the right look. I wonder what type of training you are required to go through that stretch marks, bleaching or scars from surgery will be considered hazardous. What immigration training will make dread locks dangerous? They should just own their crap and say we are hiring based on looks and let everybody else go home.

  3. yemirae

    January 9, 2018 at 3:22 am

    So how, pray tell, can you tell that a woman bleaches her skin?

  4. tunmi

    January 9, 2018 at 4:40 am

    What the hell? How does this affect their performance?????

  5. Bey

    January 9, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Bleachers are lamenting!! Very soon dem go dey treat una as unfit.


    January 9, 2018 at 9:14 am


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