Ghanaian singer, Mzbel has said she suffered horrible side-effects which made her decide to quit skin bleaching.

The singer who is famous for her hit single “16 years” revealed that she took to skin bleaching because she thought it was a dirty thing to be black.

She shared on Instagram: “I use to think I was ugly. I thought being black was dirty, so I took to skin bleaching and suffered horrible side-effects years later. But that is the result of self-hate. I shared my story and got help. Now I have learned to say: I’m a beautiful black woman”.

Speaking with Abeiku Santana on UTV’s Atuu show last year, Mzbel revealed that the regrets she had led her to a spiritual journey that finally saw her quit skin bleaching.

“I have come to understand life and I am trying to connect to who I am, as a black person I don’t think I have to be apologizing for being black.

“I don’t care if people start saying I am black now, being white is not who I am and anytime I see someone with dark complexion I jealous the person. I move from Church to Church because I’m on a spiritual journey to quit bleaching”, she said.