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It's Not All Bad News Out of Africa . . .

It's Not All Bad News Out of Africa . . .

It's not cellulite creams that are flying off of shelves in the Ivory Coast — it's posterior-size enhancing treatments. That's right. Bigger bottoms are big business. A new national dance craze, inspired by DJ Mix and DJ Eloh's hit song Bobaraba, a term that means "big bottom" in the local Djoula language, means everyone from footballers to club kids are after treatments that will make their "bobaraba" that much more bodacious.

DJ Mix says the song was inspired by women. "We made it as a tribute to women, because African women are defined by the shape of their bottoms." It sounds empowering, but doctors caution excessive use of untested treatments, some of which are injected. Area gynecologist Dr. Marcel Sissoko says, "this medicine could be dangerous for your health because we don't know the ingredients. It's being used without a medical prescription."

Warnings haven't stopped the frenzy. Says one dancer, "I do the bobaraba because I already have a big bum." Are you hoping the craze hits your area? Are you ready to join in?


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nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
I agree with mina there are so many good things coming out of africa despite all the bad that was pretty insulting
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
This is the good news we get out of Africa? How about the Egyptian factory workers that took over their factory, saved their jobs, and have been running it efficiently ever since? How about the new counter-crime laws in South Africa that include more funding for education in order to keep people off the streets? Sheesh... I'm glad big butts and dancing is all Americans get to hear about... let's just continue stereotyping, shall we? So much easier.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
Don't really see how having a bigger butt and paying extra money to enhance a physical characteristic is empowering. The idea of women of being defined by a body part is wrong. I like what kitkatherine said, you should enjoy what you have, butt or no butt.
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
interesting... i still don't get... butts. i mean.. i just don't get it. i dont really have a small butt or a big butt, its not flat or round, it just kind of chills there, i sit on it. i don't notice it, i can't really see it EVER. this is kind of funny in way, and a good thing in a sense. still, everyone should just enjoy what they have, butt or no butt.
kaenai kaenai 9 years
I got my extra helping of booty when I was 5 years old (genetics ROCK!), and I'm okay with that. :)
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i agree with raciccarone's funny comment. :)
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
:ROTFL: racic!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Now that's consensus building! A way to empower women that even the most pig-headed chauvinist can support.
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