Talented Ghanaian singer, Noella Wiyaala, better known as Wiyaala has disclosed that she suffered all forms of discrimination growing up because of her masculine body type.
According to the singer, what even worsen her form of her discrimination was her dark skin colour.
The afro-pop singer in an interview with GhOne TV narrated that growing up as a teenage girl, she faced challenges from both young and old who made mockery of her because she looks masculine.
Wiyaala in her conversation disclosed that she almost yielded to societal pressure to bleach her skin but refused, with the hope that she will one day find a man who will love and accept her the way she is.
“No boy wanted a woman with those features and they made fun of me each time I step out,” the singer said.
Wiyaala added that she tried to please society by wearing skirt, which didn’t work for her so had to always go for pair of jeans.
“I had a lot of challenges when I was a teenager, It was very hard to resist and the boys don’t find you attractive because you look like a boy and intimidate some of them, the muscles are still there showing up. You wear a skirt and it isn’t working for you so I preferred my jeans,” she said.
The 31-year-old singer added that, “you still find one or two guys who like the boyishness in you and they go like wow, sexy girl. So I’m like well what do I need a lot of guys for if I can only marry one at the end of the day so there is definitely one guy over there who will like me for who I am. So I’m going to be myself”.
Wiyaala shot to fame in 2013 and has many hit songs to her credit.
The Northern musician usually sings in her native Sissala and Waale dialects and English and often combine all three languages within her songs.
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