Ghanaian boxing sensation Braimah Kamoko, famously known as Bukom Banku, has opened up about his decision to bleach his skin, citing a desire to enhance his appearance. However, he now urges the youth to steer clear of such practices.
The former WBO Africa Light Heavyweight champion, who faced significant public backlash a couple of years ago when images of his bleached skin circulated widely, defended his choices at the time, stating it was part of his personal brand.
Nonetheless, he has since revealed that influential figures in the country advised him to discontinue the skin-lightening regimen.
He has however recently confessed that he now recognises the negative impact of skin bleaching and has ceased the practice.
“I wanted to be very handsome, so I bleached my skin, but I’ve stopped. I was advised by the big men in the building to stop bleaching. So that bleaching you will not see it again. I’ve stopped. Bleaching is not good. It can lead to all kinds of cancer. I’ve stopped,” he stated.
The 43-year-old boxer, known for having just one loss in his career against Bastie Samir six years ago, emphasised the potential health risks associated with skin bleaching and urged the younger generation to avoid such practices.
Despite signing a lucrative contract with local promotional giant Box Office Promotions, Bukom Banku has not stepped into the ring since his last international victory in 2019.