So we bleach our skin, because we aspire to be WHITE… We get rid of our Kinky and tightly curled rich African hair by relaxing them and wearing synthetic or the so called “Natural Human hair” extensions because we aspire to be white… We throw away our rich ORGANIC food that we are so blessed to have for colourful and over processed foods in shops because we aspire to be white… We strive to change our accent and laugh at those who possess the African accent because we aspire to be white…We don’t think wearing the Buba, Bubu, Kaftan to work on Monday is ideal, we must wear the suit and the corporate dresses because we aspire to be white… Since we aspire to be white, what does the White aspire to be?
About the dressing, a friend was saying, we do not wear our native prints to work or corporate offices on Mondays because its inappropriate and I asked how? Back in the University, I belonged to a club called the JUNIOR CHAMBERS INTERNATIONAL (JCI) and we were told that our indigenous outfits like the kaftan, Bubu, Buba etc are also corporate outfits just like the suits and dresses.But I wonder the fate of the Nigerian graduate or youth who decides to wear a Bubu or Buba to a job interview.
We have so copied that our identity is almost faded. We have also learnt or heard that 70% of Nigerian women are involved in skin bleaching. Why do we believe that a white skin is better or more beautiful? Why do you want to alter yourself so much and totally ignoring the side effects. Who ever told you that you are better looking white? Who brain washed you into believing that a white skin has more advantages or benefits? Has any one of you been prevented from entering into an office or taking part in something because you are black. Now tell me why you desperately aspire to be white!
These days, seeing a woman, lady or girl on braids seems like a big deal not to talk of the Owu hair (the type made with thread)… We are all busy trying to be what we are not and will never be. We are so originally beautiful yet we do not know it. We are better organic yet we do not know it. We are ashamed of being organic. But why?
I won’t forget the day I told a friend I just met that I wanted to eat “Ofe Akwu” that’s our local Nigerian stew for white rice. He blurted out “huh! That’s so bush… Not posh at all” I was taken aback for a while and in utter surprise asked “please dear, what’s wrong with Ofe Akwu?” He went on to say it was a razz (not decent) food to be eaten by someone as polished as I am. Hehe! Now, isn’t that funny? I asked him what sort of food “polished” girls like me should eat… He went on listing from chinese to Italian to indian. Gracious GOD! What has happened to us? I told him that no matter what he thinks, I still love my ofe akwu and won’t ashamed to demand for it anywhere and anytime. Barely a week later, I caught the same guy eating ofe akwu in a local bukka… and you know the most surprising part? All the waiters and waitresses there know his name! Hehe, which means he patronizes them on daily basis. Why are we like this?
Another funny thing is the issue of folks who have not gone close to any airport striving to speak in American accent. Most times, it makes them look so lame and pathetic. It depicts a high level of inferior complex. Being eloquent has nothing to do with forming the American or British accent. Stressing the “r” or omitting the “t”. Speak good. Use your oral English appropriately. And you are good to go. Sometimes, when you form like that the stress you pass through reflects on your face and it makes me feel so sad.
Okay! Enough of the examples of how we aspire to much to be white. My question is, if we aspire so much to be white such that we throw away our identity, originality and values… What then does the white ASPIRE to be? Why don’t we go organic and fully enjoy who we are. Don’t get me wrong… Its good to adopt, its part of learning but you should not do so to the point that you get lost.
Be Enlightened! Be inspired!! Be Motivated!!!