Nigerian Restaurant fires Waitress for Bleaching her Skin, Having Dark Knuckles; many react

Nigerian Restaurant fires Waitress for Bleaching her Skin, Having Dark Knuckles; many react

  • A Nigerian lady has lost her job for beaching her skin and not having uniformed skin colour which according to her boss was not acceptable
  • The employer said the sack became necessary because the staff had bleached so badly that her skin was white while her knuckles were dark
  • The inconsistency in skin colour and obvious dark knuckles she insisted could not be used to serve guests in the restaurant

A Nigerian lady Ikot Sharon has lifted the lids on how a waitress was given a marching order by a restaurant for bleaching and having obvious inconsistency in skin colour.

Nigerian Restaurant fires Waitress for Bleaching her Skin, Having Dark Knuckles
Sharon Ikot said she fired her staff for bleaching and having dark knuckles. Credit: Sharon Ikot/Twitter
Source: Twitter

Narrating why the big stick was wielded on Twitter, @IkotSharon said the staff's skin was poorly bleached resulting in dark knuckles which sharply contrasts from her white skin. Part of her tweet reads:

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"So a lady got fired today cus she bleached so bad her knuckles were dark while her body was white."

She can't serve guests with those hands, she had to go

For this obvious lack of uniformity in skin colour, the said staff was shown the exit door because according to her boss, guests patronising the organisation could not be served with hands having dark knuckles. Her words:

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"She obviously can’t serve guests with those hands so we had to let her go."

I'm not against skin bleaching says the employer

When some of her followers raised objections to what they perceived to be extreme disciplinary action, she defended her decision saying the fired staff was given the option to wear gloves or but that she declined.

"I am not against bleaching your skin but just do it right. We do not discriminate staff with conditions of any sort. We offered to move her out of the floor due to complaints of her looking untidy. she declined.

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Gloves was an option too for her. We run medical checkups on all staff and find best ways to manage them with us. We offered to move her out of the floor but she declined because she was hired as a “waitress”. We didn’t just let her go without trying to reason with her and also consider the interest of our clients."

Skin bleaching is a rampant practice among women of colour. A February 2021 report by The Conversation indicates that women of colour spend around $8.6 billion yearly to bleach their skin. has previously reported how a Nigerian lady got fired on her first day of work for asking her boss if she could sit on his face.

The question prompted her obviously irritated boss to sack her on the spot. Career coach Dipo Awojide shared the news of the sack on Twitter.

He did not mention the name of the lady in question but said she would be paid for one day of work.


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