Black or White: Zim Vice President Dismiss 'Yellow Bone' Reports

Harare - The ripple wave of skin lightening, leading to attaining a yellow bone status, has largely been associated with African women - but lately, Zimbabwe's Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has been dragged into the modern fashion trend by the media.  

Since last year, Chiwenga's complexion has become lighter, igniting a viral social media debate, regarding the real cause. And as the rumours spread, the former army general chose his sister's funeral to diffuse the widespread news. 

“Today we want to set the record straight on one issue now that journalists are here. When we did our operation to normalise things in the country, I was with General Sibanda and many others, they are brave men indeed.”

During that historical era, Chiwenga who wears a bandage on his right army, suddenly became sick with a mysterious disease. 
Vice President Chiwenga

“It was during that time that I fell ill. I had this skin sickness (nhuta) that affected my whole body from beneath my feet to my back and the journalists started saying I was using skin lightening creams, but that was not the case. I was sick.”

As has become the norm within government cricles, Chiwenga sought medical attention in South African hospitals. 

“I have decided to talk about it because that is what you see, but you should know that everything that happens comes with a price. We then sent everything to South Africa to find out what was causing the sickness, but they failed to treat it.

“It was then that my (late) sister Margaret approached a (Roman Catholic nun) and was given herbs that I began taking until I was healed. But before I took the medication they also prayed for me. This is what had affected me and had also affected my wife,” said Chiwenga.

In urban lingo, a yellow bone is the lightest type of light skinned black female. They can often be very rare to see in comparison to other blacks because there are not as many of them in the general black population. 

This clique are usually mixed with white, something similar, of multiple races including black, or may just have another race mixed into their family tree which causes them to be very very light. Their skin usually has a yellow-tan, yellowish-red, or yellowish (almost caucasian- white) look to it.

They usually have hair texture ranging from the typical black female hair texture to natural tight curls, loose curles, wavey, or even caucasian-white looking hair textures. They are can many times have lighter hair and eyes.

The retail and production of lightening products was banned in Zimbabwe under the Dangerous Drugs Act.

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