Ivory Coast Crazy for Big Butts

Dance trend sweeps nation, raising interest in illicit booty treatments
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2008 2:20 PM CST

(Newser) – Bobaraba! It means “big bottom,” and it's a hit song and butt-shaking dance phenom sweeping the Ivory Coast, the BBC reports. In fact, some women in the west African nation are so caught up in bobaraba-mania that a black market of “bottom enhancers” has emerged, targeting those who want more junk in the trunk.

The efficacy of the treatments, sold as injections or balms with no ingredients listed, is highly questionable, and some local medical officials are concerned about possible dangers. DJ Mix, who wrote "Bobaraba," says it was intended as a tribute to curvy women, who he says shouldn’t be ashamed of their bodies—not to encourage others to change theirs. (Read more Ivory Coast stories.)