The Spate of Plastic Surgery Among Nigerian Celebrities

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The popularity of plastic surgery in Nigeria has risen exponentially in the last few years with many women on a quest for the perfect figure.

The quest for the perfect body is leading Nigerian women down dangerous paths

A slew of plastic surgeons have sprung up all over the city but following a tragic death over the holidays, we question whether or not the pursuit for perfection is as safe as it seems.

The desired results of a brazilian bum lift

In Africa, for centuries, bigger has always been better and the figure 8 shape has proven the ideal shape for women and the men who love them. Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with natural curves and some women turn to plastic surgery to achieve the look. Fayrouz named official soft drink sponsor of Lagos Cocktail Week 2021

Whilst there’s no problem with wanting to make a few enhancements, it seems more and more poorly- qualified practitioners are taking advantage of vulnerable and ill-informed patients.

The latest tale of medical misconduct serves as a cautionary tale for lots of young women and hopefully causes medical advisory boards such as the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council to take notice of the illegal operations going in Lagos.The dangers of plastic surgery in Nigeria have been exposed as people call for more stringent regulations in place

A young lady named Nne allegedly approached Lagos- based plastic surgery outfit Med Contour with the intention of having a Brazilian Bum Lift (BBL), liposuction and fat transfer on the 31st December 2018. This same procedure was what led to her death.

In this study, we will be looking at Nigerian celebrities that went for plastic surgery, the reason why they went for this and the effects.



Plastic surgery is a medical specialty dealing with corrections of defects, improvements in appearance and restoration of lost functions.


Treatments for the plastic repair of a broken nose are first mentioned in an ancient Egypt medical text called the Edwin Smith papyrus. The early trauma surgery textbook was named after the American Egyptologist, Edwin Smith. Reconstructive surgery techniques were being

carried out in India by 800 BC. Sushruta was a physician who made contributions to the field of plastic and cataract surgery in the 6th century BC. Sushruta’s developments were preserved in his book, Sushruta Samhita.

In ancient Greece and Rome, many medicine men performed simple plastic cosmetic surgeries to repair damaged parts of the body caused by war mutilation, punishment or humiliation.


The field of Plastic Surgery can be broken down into two main categories – reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. Both are generally considered sub-specialties of plastic surgery.

 Reconstructive plastic surgery

Reconstructive surgery is performed to restore function and normal appearance, and correct deformities created by birth defects, trauma or medical conditions including cancer. Examples include cleft lip and palate repair, breast reconstruction following a lumpectomy or mastectomy for breast cancer, and reconstructive surgery after burn injuries. Typically, reconstructive surgery is considered medically necessary and is covered by most health insurance plans.

Cosmetic plastic surgery

Cosmetic surgery is performed to enhance overall cosmetic appearance by reshaping and adjusting normal anatomy to make it visually more appealing. Unlike reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery is not considered medically necessary. Breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and facelift are popular examples of cosmetic surgery procedures.

Now that we have understood what plastic surgery is all about , let us take a look at who a celebrity is.


Celebrity comes into English at the beginning of from Latin celebritās meaning “fame,” or “the state of being busy or crowded” (there is also the related French célébrité). Two important early meanings recorded by OED are: “Observance of ritual or special formality on an important occasion; pomp, ceremony”  and “An act of celebrating something; a rite, a ceremony; a celebration.” Both are now obsolete, but survived as late as. It should be noted that both meanings have strong religious connotations, and it is legitimate to ask whether these meanings contributed to our current usage of celebrity as marking a desperate seeking for the sacred in the profane. While there seem to be no traces of these archaic meanings in current usage, it might be argued that such connotations prompted the initial choice of this word to mark what is a recognizable feature in contemporary life.

Current usage of celebrity meaning “ well-known or famous person” is first attested in the OED in 1831; its subsequent development is sketched by OED with “(now chiefly) spec. a person, esp. in entertainment or sport, who attracts interest from the general public and attention from the mass media.”

In this study, we will be looking specifically at  Nigerian celebrities. These include, actors, actresses, musicians, comedians, brand ambassadors, Facebook influencers, Instagram influencers etc. Some of these Nigerian celebrity include Ini Edo, Ada Ameh, Afro Candy, Bryan Okwara, David, WizKid, 2baba, Don jazzy etc.

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